THEY began the AFL Riverina Championship with a loss, but Osborne will enter arguably the toughest test in the league this Saturday full of confidence after showing they belong.
The Ostriches were beaten 37-30 by Wagga Tigers after falling behind by ten goals at quarter time, and are hopeful of emulating their display in the last three quarters against Riverina League premiers Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlake on Saturday.
It's a second straight road trip to start the season and coach Liza Gooden said they're looking forward to testing themselves against a team many consider the benchmark.
Osborne has also recruited shooter Caren Hugo, who featured in The Rock-Yerong Creek's three straight premierships the past three years.
"We actually haven't been on the court together before, and the first quarter deficit reflected that," Gooden said.
"We would have liked to have won, but for our first game hit out we we played well.
"Our team is all Osborne players apart from Caren, and we brought her in when our Albury players got banned
"She knew some of our girls who are from The Rock-Yerong Creek area. Some of our girls didn't play last year because they were away with uni, but due to COVID they're back again."
In other matches on Saturday Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong hosts the Tigers, while Turvey Park travels to Leeton.