The battle of the BFNL Bulldogs has become the battle of the walking wounded.
Golden Square goes into its home match without co-captains Jack Geary and Brayden Dorrington as well as key forward Travis Baird.
Gisborne will be without star recruit Clinton Young and midfielder Shannon Greetham.
With so much senior experience sidelined, the game will become a match-up of two of the most talented young groups.
Square has blooded several teenagers already in 2017 and two more Bendigo Pioneers-listed players – midfielder Rhys Mutch and key forward Daine Grace – have been added to the senior team for this weekend.
Gisborne’s youth policy over the past couple of years is starting to pay dividends.
The young Dogs stormed home to defeat Kangaroo Flat and then got within five points of upstaging Strathfieldsaye in the game before the inter-league break.
With Golden Square struggling to kick more than 10 goals per game, Gisborne will fancy its chances of causing an upset.