WODONGA Raiders coach Simon Bone will use today’s practice match against Wangaratta as a full dress rehearsal for their season opener against Myrtleford.
With the Raiders having next weekend off, Bone said the clash would take on importance after relatively low-key matches against East Burwood and Mitta United.
Only a handful of senior players, including Owen Hiller, Casey Ducan and Jydon Neagle will miss the match.
“It’s about as good as we can get,” Bone said.
“There will probably only be two or three players who will potentially be missing from our round one side.”
Meanwhile, Wodonga will take a depleted side to Tatura.
The Bulldogs have 34 of their 53 players available due to injury, cricket or unavailability with coach Ben Hollands expecting a tough encounter.
Yarrawonga head to Kyabram to take on the reigning Goulburn Valley league premier.
The Pigeons, who lost to Bundoora by 21 points last weekend, are set to welcome back a host of premiership players for the clash that starts at 3pm.