GISBORNE'S defence faces a huge task against a star-studded Strathfiedsaye Storm attack in Saturday's eighth round of the Bendigo Football League season.
The clash between the third-placed Gisborne and second-placed Storm is on Gisborne's defence at Gardiner Reserve.
A red-hot Storm forward line includes Stephen Milne who kicked a match-high nine goals in a best afield performance for Bendigo in last Saturday's inter-league clash with Gippsland at the QEO.
Add the marking power of Kris Lea and Sam Mildren class of Lachlan Sharp at ground level and Strathfieldsaye has an imposing attack to try and hold over four quarters.
Gisborne coach Rod Sharp will be banking on defensive pressure from the likes of Ben Sonogan, Heath Simpson, Tim Walsh and Cameron Medica.
The ruck battle between Gisborne star Tom Waters and Storm's Michael Pilcher will be among many highlights.
Gisborne's onball brigade led by Scott Walsh, Hamish Govan, Shaun Comerford and Shannon Greetham will be primed for big games against the likes of Matt Smith, Nick Smith, Matt Johnston and Matt Ladson.
The match starts at 2.20pm.