LAVINGTON and Yarrawonga will be looking to put more ground between themselves and the pack when they take on top-three aspirants North Albury and Albury on Saturday.
The undefeated Panthers and Pigeons have bolted clear after five rounds and could almost seal the double chance with victories at Lavington Oval and J.C. Lowe Oval respectively.
Panther coach Tamara Mathews is bracing for her team’s toughest test since Wangaratta in round one.
“I certainly had North Albury as a top-three side at the start of the season,” Mathews said.
“We have probably played some young, rebuilding sides in recent weeks and this is going to be really tough.
“They have some good, young players and some experience in the mid-court in Emily Browne and Kirby Hilton as well.”
Lavington dismantled Wangaratta Rovers by 28 goals in their last match with Rhiannon Dolahenty and Skye Hillier likely to be pivotal again.
Yarrawonga has the form to defeat Albury.
The Pigeons have been unstoppable while the Tigers faltered late in their draw against Wangaratta a fortnight ago.
The mantle as premiership favourites is expected to only become clearer after Yarrawonga and Lavington lock horns in round nine at Yarrawonga.
In-form Wangaratta will start favourites against Wodonga at Norm Minns Oval.
Myrtleford play host to Corowa-Rutherglen.
Wodonga Raiders take on Wangaratta Rovers at Birallee Park.