Describing their start to the season as "not ideal", EVANDALE coach James Storay hopes their win against East Coast can turn their season around.
Kicking five in the win, Storay is still looking for a four-quarter effort from the Eagles as they host Old Launcestonians in a near must-win.
"If we get the four-quarter effort we've been searching for, we should go close to winning and if we can, I think we go above them so it's a key clash for us."
Anticipating a tough second-half of the season, having yet to face the top two, Old Launcestonians coach Paul Beechey is pleased to be in finals contention.
"We had been pretty good until last week and if we'd won, we would have been a game clear in second," he said.
"Evandale are going to be a tougher prospect than round one and it's going to be a pretty heavy track out there."
The Eagles lose Andrew Frame with Aidan Bullman his likely replacement as the Blues have been hit with five unavailabilites.
Setting themselves up for a second-half finals tilt, BRIDPORT coach Adam Howlett isn't shying away from the challenge that awaits.
Hosting Lilydale, the two sides met in round one and after leading by 25 points at quarter-time, a 105-point turnaround went against the Seagulls and the Demons started their destructive trail.
"It's no secret, they are a pretty big test," Howlett said.
"From our point of view it's about improvement from round one and to see that growth against a quality side."
Bridport's stocks will be bolstered by the inclusion of Cody Kerrison despite losing travelling pair Sam McDougall and Hayden Tyson.
The only side to remain undefeated so far, Lilydale has shown their depth this season in order to maintain that perfect record according to coach Colin Lockhart.
"The last few years our bottom six haven't been as strong but now we can trust 22 to do a job," he said.
Lockhart believes it will be on full show this weekend as Thane Bardenhagen, Zach Cooke, Zac Barwick, Andrew McLean and Trent Griggs all miss from their full-strength lineup.
"This is a major danger game for us. I believe as an old NEFU side they will be looking to beat us and stay in contention for the top five."
Having started off their season slowly at two wins and losses, ST PATS have shown a brutal patch of form, something Alex Russell credits to their improvement.
With names like Tom Hilder, Jacob Knight and Jake Laskey to thank for their rise, the Saints face Uni-Mowbray as they look to stay in the upper echelon.
"It's important for us to continue our form and maintain second spot with a win on Saturday," Russell said.
"We've had luck go our way to be in second spot but have also had a large contribution over the last month."
After receiving a "touch-up" from St Pats earlier in the season, Uni coach Alan Perrin anticipates another tough encounter.
With changes flowing due to university holidays, Perrin is looking for more game plan discipline.
"We need to show more in our defence and then show we can lock the ball in our forward line and score goals," he said.
"There's been games where we've held 50 per cent of the play but haven't been able to convert."
After starting their season off with wins against Old Scotch and Uni-Mowbray, PERTH look to defeat Scotch again on Saturday.
Yet to taste victory again since their round two victory, Perth have struggled to find the form that had them playing finals football last year.
Young gun Blair McGillvery has consistently featured within the Magpies' best and was rewarded as the sole Division One player to take the field in the NTFA under-18 representative game.
Old Scotch coach Shaun Muller is pleased with his side's progress so far despite their solitary win.
"We've been really competitive which is pleasing and we've received some good feedback from other clubs about that," he said.
"It's a steep learning curve with our young group and hopefully they can be rewarded here."
James McCowan and Lachlan Nailer return with Jackson Young and Ricky Evans making way.