WITH Brad Carlson and Ashley Grant back from work to strengthen their back line, the Mary Valley Stags are confident of a win against Palmwoods tomorrow.
It's a good thing too, considering Stags president Glenn Carlson said Palmwoods was a "better side than they were last year".
"The boys have got to be on their game," he warned.
But Carlson said the Stags would play hard as usual. They have lost two of their five games this season in the Red Rooster C-grade Cup.
"They've not been losing by heaps and will be right in there on the weekend."
Coach and half-back Chad Parker said there had been some bad weather this week, causing upset to usual training. "We've been trying to keep them out of the weather to stop the boys getting sick," he said.
Instead they've been undercover working on fitness with boxing sessions.
Even though Carlson expected the Stags to go well again this weekend, Parker said he didn't want the side to become complacent.
With a few players out this week, second rowers and brothers Wade and Jason Johnston and front rower Josh Heck, the team will be digging deep to muster up defence against Palmwoods.
"Jason's probably been the second best player all year," Parker said of the second rower's loss.
"We probably need to stiffen up the defence."
But Carlson said everything should go right for the Stags.
"They're all outstanding," he said of the players.
"We expect a good game by everyone."
Meanwhile Parker said some of the boys were having attitude problems and needed to get their heads in the game.
"I think the momentum is building,'' he said.
"I'm not overly worried about the couple of losses.
"We're cruising along, playing pretty well.
"Grand finals aren't won in April."
He said standout players so far this season were five-eighth Troy Carlson and second-rower Jason Johnson.