Wodonga co-coach Jack Craig says teenage opener Michael Grohmann has the club's best work ethic.
Given the Bulldogs have built a reputation as one of the league's most professional outfits and boast former Australian Country batsman and fitness fanatic Robbie Jackson, it points to the 16-year-old's desire to succeed.
"There's nobody else at Wodonga Bulldogs that's worked harder than Michael has this year," Craig said.
"He's been in the nets I'd say four weeks before we started pre-season, hitting thousands of balls.
"The sheer workload he's put in this year is going to reap the rewards."
He struck his first half-century against Wodonga Raiders on November 9.
"I had some rep stuff over the winter as well and that really helped, I got to do a lot of work with them," the Year 10 student said.
"I also did a lot of work with myself as I didn't have the greatest season last year, so I tried to improve on that.
"There were some slight technical flaws at times and I wasn't making the right decisions out in the middle during an innings.
"I was just getting a bit too heavily on the front foot, so it's about trying to get a bit more balance at the crease."
Grohmann describes his form as "patchy" with three single-figures scores, but Craig says the opening position can be brutal.
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"It's not an easy role, he's playing at the top of the order, the ball is moving around and you're facing the best bowlers in the league, but he's doing the job for us," he said.
Wodonga is the only unbeaten team over both formats.
The Bulldogs and North have four-nil records at T20 level, while they've claimed five straight wins in the 50-over games.
However, that unbeaten streak is set to be tested at North's Bunton Park on Saturday.
"This will be one of the first really big games, although there's been some good games so far," Grohmann said.
Meanwhile, another of the association's most exciting talents will debut on Saturday.
Lavington's 14-year-old Oscar Lyons will face Albury at its Billson Park.
The Year Eight student made 80 last week in second grade against Tallangatta to earn a promotion.
Ironically, his father Jarrod also played his first game as a 14-year-old for Kooringal Colts in Wagga.
Lyons isn't the youngest debutant though with East Albury wicketkeeper Miles Hemann-Petersen just 13 years and 10 months against Belvoir in November, 2017.
Elsewhere, Tallangatta is home to Belvoir, which is chasing a fourth straight win.
The Eagles hold a one-game break over Tallangatta in a logjam for top six spots.
And New City hosts East Albury, while Wodonga Raiders travel to St Patrick's.