GOLDEN Square isn't as strong on paper as it has been in recent years during its domination of the Bendigo Football League, but Kyneton coach Mark Adamson knows better than most the enormity of the task still facing his Tigers on Saturday.
Adamson is a former Golden Square coach, including in 2009 when the Bulldogs won the first of what's now five premierships in a row.
"Golden Square has been the benchmark for a long time and is a well-drilled, highly-competitive team and a club," Adamson said on Friday ahead of the Tigers' round five clash with the Bulldogs at MyJet Oval.
"I've obviously got a bit more of an intimate knowledge about how the club goes about it and they are enormously hard to beat everytime they take the field, regardless of their personnel.
"You're kidding yourself if you think you're not going to get an absolute red-hot contest from them."
The Tigers last week notched their first win since their return to the competition, defeating South Bendigo by eight points in a performance highlighted by eight goals from midfield recruit Ben Weightman, who has been quick to make his mark on the BFL.
Golden Square is 2-2 and coming off a seven-point Anzac Day loss to Gisborne last week, but will be buoyed by the inclusion of boom recruit Corey Jones for his first game following his fractured cheekbone suffered during the practice matches.