The last two teams to taste NTFA premiership success go toe-to-toe on Saturday as Hillwood hosts Deloraine.
Fielding a vastly different side to their 2019 premiership, Sharks coach Jake Pearce was pleased to see where his young group was at last week and is hoping for continued improvement.
"Good sides are good for longer periods of time and I think we need to be good for that period of time as well," he said
"We just need more team-orientated stuff, tackles, pressure at the footy - rather than just giving it up too easily."
Despite no coaches selecting Hillwood as premiership favourites this season, Deloraine leader Lochy Dornauf isn't taking the match-up lightly as he welcomes back Tyson Gardam and Dylan Schnoor.
"I really think this is a danger match for us," he said.
"It's a bit of an unknown, they've got some really good players [in] Karlton Wadley, obviously Jake Pearce and a couple of the other boys that have stuck around.
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"We are obviously confident, we back ourselves but at the same time, we are wary of what they might bring on their home deck."
One of the competition's premiership heavyweights will be without a win after two rounds, with defeated pair Rocherlea and South Launceston doing battle.
The Tigers lost a battle of two halves last weekend, playing their plan well in the first before dropping away and losing their lead.
"We know it's in our hands, we can control our fate basically," coach Andrew Cox-Goodyer said.
"The boys on the track this week have been trying to get out of the habit of going away from things that work for us.
"We know they've got some prime movers in their team but so do we so we'll just go head-to-head with them."
South Launceston welcomed 16-year-old Tom Beaumont into their side last week much to the delight of coach Anthony Taylor, who is looking for his side to be ready for the contest.
"It's going to be a challenge, it always is playing Rocherlea up there but it's a good opportunity for us to analyse where we are at," he said.
"They led most of the day last week and got overrun late, so they're going to look to atone for that and we just can't wait to get into it."
George Town gets its first look at competition this week, facing Longford after being dealt the round-one bye.
Coach Adam Zanevra said some of his young players will be given big roles on their key names.
"Being a young group we just want to take it right up to them," he said.
"They look pretty well drilled, I think Beau's got them moving pretty well ... they are a pretty good side."
The Tigers set their benchmark with a comfortable 83-point win last weekend, with coach Beau Thorp looking to emulate his side's pressured performance.
"We'd love to apply a lot of pressure on them and see how they move the ball," he said.
"From all accounts they are pretty young, so we will definitely go in with the same sort of tactics we had against Bridgenorth."
Bridgenorth themselves will be out to bounce back from that loss against Bracknell, with coach Phil Lethborg searching for improved defensive efforts.
"A lot of coaches say 'you either win or you learn' and we were taught a lesson," Lethborg said.
"We've got a lot of things to work on and we are just looking for big improvement this week, we've got to be better in lots of areas."
After starting the season with a win, Bracknell coach Corry Goodluck was pleased his boys didn't "shy away" from competition.
"Bridgenorth, there's a little bit of a rivalry there as well, it's always a really good game between us two, so it's a really good opportunity," he said.
"I'd imagine it's going to be a solid game again for us, so as long as we start well and play our four quarters again, it will be a good hit-out."