First versus second will not give an accurate indication as to whether Shepparton can topple Kyabram in the finals this year.
The Bombers and the Bears are littered with major outs tomorrow, taking away from what should have been the contest of the season.
With Victorian Netball League matches being played on Sunday, VNL coaches want players to sit out club games, meaning Morgan Gibson, Kim Commane and Ashley Bradley will miss for Shepparton.
Talented midcourt ace Grace Egan also will be absent having spent the past week competing with Victoria Country at the youth girls’ under-18s championships.
Kyabram will have its own major out in goal keeper Lauren Pryde and playing coach Belinda Lees is touch and go after battling illness during the week.
In last round’s win against the Shepparton Swans, Lees missed being courtside for just her second match in eight years, as she celebrated her father’s birthday.
Lees said it was a shame her side and Shepparton would not have their starting seven on the court.
‘‘You would love to meet each other at full force before the finals to gauge their real strengths and where we can tactically work on things,’’ Lees said.
‘‘But we know each other well and know their team and know the girls. I know Kim Commane from VNL, so there are no surprises coming up against them.
‘‘It would have been nice to be full-strength sides, but it is what it is.’’
Former Melbourne Vixens shooter Commane and star wing attack Jacinta Todd were absent when the Bombers won the first encounter by 28 goals and Bears coach Tracey Brereton said decreasing the margin was a goal.
‘‘The number one thing we need to do is continue rolling on with what we’ve been doing and the margin that we had against them last time we need to do better than that and either win or lessen the margin,’’ Brereton said.
‘‘Just because I don’t have my so-called ‘full-strength side’, not for one moment do I think we can’t match it.
‘‘I know I’ve got quality players and our club has a lot of depth, so it’s hard making sure teams have depth with what we’ve got.’’
With each Bears netball grade sitting second, the coaches met last night to determine the best way to fill sides without being too detrimental to others.