Mark Brown has coached football for several years, but he can't ever say he's gone into a game without a training session.
Victoria's five-day snap lockdown announced last week postponed the Murray Bushrangers second round fixture against Geelong Falcons in the NAB League girls competition, and also denied them the chance to train on Wednesday night.
Therefore, Brown's side enters today's clash against Greater Western Victoria Rebels in Bendigo having not been together for 10 days.
He can't be completely sure how the team will respond, but is confident they will give a good account of themselves.
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"I can honestly say I've never coached a side that hasn't trained together or played for 10 days," Brown said.
"We had four or five girls that actually got to play a bit of footy last weekend with the GWS Giants academy, so no doubt they'll be slightly better prepared, but the dedication of the girls is fantastic.
"The lockdown ended on Wednesday night and we usually get the girls into training then.
"Our efforts to secure a ground for training on Thursday were without luck and given how far we drag these girls, from as high as Wagga to as low as Seymour, we need to find a ground in the middle.
"It's not ideal, but that's the world we live in at the moment.
I can honestly say I've never coached a side that hasn't trained together or played for 10 days.- Mark Brown
"There's a lot of hurdles to jump for the girls, but their resilience over the last six months has been extraordinary and I don't think that will change. They'll front up and give a good account of themselves."
The Bushrangers have named the same squad as last weekend.
"It's probably a more balanced side this week," Brown said.
"Round one we were probably a little too tall and that showed in our transition.
"It's looking for that continual improvement and we saw that from the first half to the second half in round one, and, as long as that keeps tracking in the right direction, we'll be very happy."
The match starts at 12pm at Epsom Huntley Reserve.
It's the second leg of a double-header, with Bendigo Pioneers to take on Geelong Falcons earlier in the day.
The round three team is: B: Chloe Locke, Mindy Quade, Cody Power; HB: Tayissa Gray, Molly Kennedy, Kasey Boschetti; C: Aurora Smith, Madison Gray, Zara Hamilton; HF: Kristy Whitehead, Sophia McCarthy, Lily Sharp; F: Ashleigh Pilmott, Olivia Cicolini, Kate Adams; R: Ally Morphett, Keeley Skepper, Mikayla Jones; INT: Taylah Power, Sarah Lange-Richards, India Lehman, Kaylea Kobzan, Bonny McKean, Emily Williams; EMG: Sophie Boyle, Jesse Elias.
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