Turvey Park co-coach Mark Carroll is looking forward to seeing how his young team performs on a big stage against Wagga Tigers on Friday.
The Bulldogs have led the way with the return of Good Friday football and netball and will host arch-rival Wagga Tigers at Maher Oval.
Tigers have set the competition abuzz with a big off-season, combined with an opening round 90-point demolition of Leeton-Whitton in Leeton, and Carroll is well aware of what the Bulldogs are walking into on Friday.
"Look, Tigers are flying aren't they? They picked up a lot of good players over the off-season, it was almost one a week, I lost count there for a while," Carroll said.
"They won all their trial games really easy and then their first game by 90 points. We're going to be up against it, no doubt, but we're looking forward to it."
Carroll believes the Good Friday standalone game is a great opportunity for his young team.
"For this young group to play on Good Friday in a big game, I think it's fantastic," he said.
"Hopefully it can turn into an annual event for Turvey and Tigers. Being a standalone game, it's a good experience for our young group. It's going to be a challenge but hopefully we can step up."
Turvey Park's task has been made tougher with the loss of Josh Ashcroft and Luke Cuthbert (both unavailable) for Friday's contest.
But the Bulldogs will still enter the game with confidence after they ended a 14-game losing streak to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes in round one, winning by two points.
"It's pretty handy to know no matter what position we're in, we're pretty fit with a young group and we can run games out. The same thing happened in the trial against Gungahlin, we came home with a pretty good finish," Carroll said.
"So they will take a fair bit of confidence from that you'd think. We showed a bit of character and resilience but now we've got to back that up and bring it into another game."
While Turvey Park are missing a couple, Tigers will welcome back Lahn Shephard and Shaun Driscoll.
TURVEY PARK v WAGGA TIGERS
Friday, 2.10pm at Maher Oval
B: R Shaw, C Grintell, T Crakanthorp
HB: J Haggar, D Leary, H Woods
C: P Voss, J Sykes, C Diessel
HF: H Stapleton, B Ashcroft, A Carroll
F: L Leary, C Shields, R Browning
Foll: N Byrne, M Bailey, J Hughes
Inter: M Sykes, R Hubbard, B Glanvill
B: Grant Daly, Pat Gaynor, Xavier Lyons
HB: Jake Mascini, Tom Keogh, Dylan Morton
C: Sam Mcnaughton, Jackson Kelly, Bailey Wileman
HF: Nathan Cooke, Brendy Myers, Sam Ryan
F: Nick Ryan, Ben Kelly, Scott Pearce
Foll: Tom Osmotherly, Reid Gordon, Will Keogh
Inter: (from) Louis Beard, Jesse Manton, Harry Bennett, Lahn Shephard, Shaun Driscoll
Tigers: Matt Suckling, Harry Perryman, Michael McCormack, Paul Kelly, Matt Malone, Peter Doherty
Turvey Park: Harry Cunningham