TEMORA coach Jess Pike feared it could be tough for the Kangaroos to hop up the Farrer League netball ladder this year.
Someone forgot to tell teenage sharpshooters Halle Derrick and Abbey Reinhold.
The two 14-year-olds have been influential in Temora's strong start to the year, which continued with a 58-55 road win over North Wagga last week.
The match was moved to Monday night after a sporting gesture from the Saints, with four Temora players playing in state titles in Sydney over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
Third-placed Temora (5-2) has now forged a two-match gap between themselves and North Wagga (3-4), and Derrick and Reinhold have been influential.
"The girls are shooting around 90 per cent each week, so I definitely can't ask for any more than that," Pike said.
"I was going to have four of our regular girls away due to state champs and the North Wagga coach (Matt Schofield) was coaching one of those teams, so it's great they were willing to play us mid week.
"It's also nice to have teams at full strength rather than taking advantage of someone who doesn't have their full side."
It's a real family affair at the Roos this year with Halle's mother, Kathryn, providing an experienced head in defence, while Abbey's sister Meg is also a part of the squad.
"Kathryn wasn't going to play this year, she was going to help me run the bench, but once she realised how young the team would be she put the boots back on," Pike said.
"Kath's a mum to everyone, she's the mum of the team.
"We finished third last year, but there's only three of us still playing.
"This year we've had a big influx of some really talented juniors coming up, we have three players who are still eligible to play for our under-15 side.
"At the start of the year I joked around that it would maybe be a rebuilding process, but we've been playing quite well."
After winning just one of its first three games of the season, Temora has triumphed in four of its last five matches to rocket up the standings, behind only league heavyweights The Rock-Yerong Creek and Charles Sturt University.
In matches played on Saturday, defending premiers The Rock-Yerong Creek hammered East Wagga-Kooringal 70-25, Charles Sturt University comfortable accounted for Northern Jets 59-32 and Coleambally thrashed Marrar 65-30.
Coleambally hosts CSU in the match of the round at Coleambally this Saturday at 1.30pm.
The rest of this weekend's round sees Northern Jets take on North Wagga, Marrar hosts Barellan and Temora welcome East Wagga-Kooringal.