Rennie was bolstered last week by the return of two of its stars from serious injury.
Playing coach Craig Ednie and dangerous forward Chase Strawhorn each booted two goals as the Grasshoppers demolished Dookie by 116 points, and will certainly be much better for the run.
The absence of the duo has not hurt Rennie on the field, as it has won seven of its past eight matches to move into third on the Picola District Football League’s south-east division ladder.
Jarryd Fountain, Liam Russell and Gareth Oughton were also outstanding last week and will again be integral cogs in the Grasshoppers’ game plan.
Meanwhile, Waaia’s Greg Meyland is looking forward to taking on Saturday’s opponent, a team that has given his side trouble this year.
‘‘It’ll be a great game for us to challenge ourselves after a good win last week,’’ he said.
‘‘We haven’t so far worked Rennie out, we’ve beaten everyone else in the competition, but they’ve given us two pizzlings.
‘‘It will be a monstrous challenge for us to take on a side we have been beaten soundly twice by.’’
Rennie has won both games between the teams this year by a combined total of 150 points, but Meyland believed his Bombers were in the best shape possible to take their rival down.
‘‘Barring the Katamatite loss, our form over the past seven weeks has been really good, so it is the right time to be playing them,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re not at full strength, but we’re happy with where we’re at.’’
With Ednie and Strawhorn back in the mix for the Grasshoppers, Meyland said his team’s defence would have to be on song to contain the duo.
‘‘I’m not sure where Ednie will line up, but obviously Strawhorn has been a good goalkicker for a number of years, so he will have to be looked after,’’ he said.
‘‘He has been out for six or seven weeks though, so I’m sure he’ll be still a bit rusty.’’
Waaia has a potent forward line of its own, with Charlie Burrows booting six majors last week and 48 for the season.
Katamative v Shepp East
Katamatite will be hurting after a loss to Katandra, but its task does not get any easier on Saturday.
In the two matches between these sides this season the Tigers have lost by a combined total of 209 points and with finals off the cards for Tyler Sprunt’s and Matt Dwyer’s charges, the theme will be putting some respect on the scoreboard.
Dwyer, Tory Morris and Adem Barolli were concussed against Katandra and will be in doubt for Saturday’s game, while the availability of Tyson Saunders (21 goals in five appearances) will go a long way to deciding the strength of Katamatite’s output.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have lost two of their past three matches for the first time since the 2015 finals series.
Dwain Vidler’s men remain just 14 percentage points from a second consecutive minor premiership though, and will be looking for a massive win in this fixture to close the gap on Tungamah.
Ricky Frappell, Jamie Spencer and James Chittick were outstanding last week, but the Eagles need more players to hit the scoreboard, with no multiple goalkickers against the Bears.
Katunga v Katandra
Katunga has struggled to secure its finals spot in recent weeks, losing five of its past six games.
The Swans face reigning premier Shepparton East at Central Park in the last match of the regular season next week, so must win Saturday’s clash against Katandra if they are to make sure of fifth spot on the ladder.
Both clashes between these teams this year have resulted in Katunga victories and the side will take plenty of confidence out of that record.
Josh Smith, Brad Crowther and Rhys Wallace flew the flag in a 111-point loss against Waaia last week and will again be important to their side’s hopes of a win.
Meanwhile, Katandra is on a high after tasting success for the first time since July last year.
Corey Hickford proved the difference in a fiery contest with Katamatite last week when he booted seven goals, while co-coach Ramadan Yze, Pat Frappell and Nathan White were also standouts.
Momentum is as valuable as gold in football and the Kats would take great pleasure in being able to throw the Swans’ finals hopes into disarray with back-to-back wins.
Tungamah v Dookie United
Tungamah finds itself atop the table once more and will not be planning on relinquishing the spot before finals.
Chris Oliver, Brady Hayes, Matt Clark and Nick Irvine helped conspire to defeat Shepparton East last week with standout performances, and will look to provide their Bears with much of the same on Saturday.
As the highest scoring team in the league (1910 points in 16 matches at an average of 119 per week), Tungamah’s strength lies with the potency of its attacking weapons.
Ten Bears have managed 10 or more goals this year, with Ash Saunders (53) and co-coach Jeremy O’Brien (40) leading the way.
Dookie remains an outside chance of securing a finals berth, but will need to challenge the Bears this weekend to keep those hopes alive.
Connor Hayes, Jacob Crow and Brodie Gook were able to hold their heads high after last week’s 116-point loss to Rennie, and the trio will have to again be on song if their side is any chance to cause an upset.
Playing coach Pat McMullan is his side’s best forward in terms of output this year with 28 majors.