The league will be out to cap its most successful period in 11 years when it faces Mornington Peninsula Nepean on Saturday.
The O and M is chasing its fourth successive win on the road at Rosebud's Olympic Oval.
It racked up six straight between 2005-08, in an era where leagues often played three games a season as opposed to the annual representative round held every May since 2009.
"One of the things we've focused on is we want the players to be reliable, they don't have to be remarkable, they just have to be reliable," co-coach Jon Henry said.
Naturally the higher the standard, the more important largely mistake-free players are, although neither team will be at full strength, which is always the case at representative level.
Powerhouse MPN club Pines had just the one player named - Perry Lewis-Smith - while the O and M is without a host of stars, including injured Wangaratta forward Michael Newton, suspended Lavington star Nick Meredith and Morris medallist Brodie Filo.
The home team will have the edge in experience in captain Byron Barry and his deputy Shane McDonald.
"They've probably got a few older guys than us but, having said that, guys like 'Garlo' (Luke Garland) and 'Speighty' (Ben Speight), they're fairly experienced and even guys like Tom Hargreave, he's 24, so he's not a kid," Henry said.
"We've just got to match them in the contested ball, that will be a real test."
The O and M hasn't beaten MPN since 2004 with the home team claiming the last three clashes.
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