WAGGA Tigers have vowed to make a statement to Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes that their quest for another flag won't be a procession when the AFL Riverina Championship's two heavyweights meet at Mangoplah Sportsground on Saturday.
Both sides are unbeaten after three rounds and look almost certain to meet in the major semi after the six regular season rounds.
The Goannas were merciless in a 78-18 win over Turvey Park on Saturday while the Tigers accounted for Leeton-Whitton 45-29, giving them a two-match buffer on the chasing pack.
Tigers coach Olivia Tilyard said containing gun Goannas goal shooter Sophie Fawns will be key to pulling off an upset.
Tall youngster Fawns is partnering Mikaela Cole in the shooting semi-circle this season after the departure of Katie Caller.
"We want to come out and show them that we are competitive against them, and we can win this (competition)," Tilyard said.
"If we shut down the shooting end and Sophie Fawns, I don't think there's any reason we can't beat them.
"Having Mikaela in shooting has taken out another really tall shooter in Katie Caller and you can't teach height.
"At least we've got one good match-up and if we can keep Sophie off the rebounds, I think we're a really good chance."
The Tigers are fielding a new-look side this year and Tilyard said the first three weeks have been an ideal build-up to a match likely to decide the minor premiership.
"Each week we've been doing different stuff and we just seem to be getting stronger and stronger. Hopefully we can keep improving," she said.
"You've got to play good netball year round all game. There's not much opportunity to have a bad game because it will definitely affect you.
"It's good how it's worked out we've got them later in the draw and closer to the finals."
In last round's other result Osborne secured their first win of the season with a 42-24 victory over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong.