If the Albury-Wodonga Spitfires men are to reach this year's Capital League finals, they must prove they belong there by beating a top-three side.
They will have another opportunity to do so when they host leaders Wests at Albury Hockey Centre on Saturday.
Five losses in six games has left the Spitfires two points outside the top-four.
Co-coach Jeremy Payne believes the side needs to better manage its rotations to ensure it runs out the game strongly.
"We had some unfortunate losses (at Goulburn) on the weekend, we started really well and ran out of legs in the second half," Payne said.
Tony Donnolley and Andrew Monte are both in the mix to return.
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The Spitfires women head to Canberra to take on ladders leaders ANU at Carter Field on Saturday.
Meanwhile, all Hockey Albury-Wodonga division one men's and women's matches will be played at Wodonga Hockey Centre on Sunday.
In the men, competition leaders CR United will look to maintain their 18-point buffer on top against Falcons, Norths will remain second if they defeat bottom-placed Wombats, while Wodonga will look to stay in finals calculations with a win against Magpies.
Falcons have a one-point lead in the women's league and face CR United on Sunday, second-placed Wodonga will be keen to pile on the pressure with a win against Magpies, while Norths must beat Wombats-Beechworth to stay in the finals race.
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