Bacchus Marsh faces the biggest test of its new age in the Ballarat Football League preliminary final at the Eastern Oval on Saturday.
The Cobras enjoyed a charmed run to its first BFL premiership last year.
Their path this far this time around has not been as smooth.
Injuries, suspensions and the biggest hit of all – a 98-point drubbing at the hands of Darley – have the Cobras with their backs to the wall.
Bacchus Marsh coach Travis Hodgson admits the crunch clash with Lake Wendouree will be a test of character.
He is confident though the Cobras can and will rebound.
Hodgson said they had moved on quickly from the heavy second semi-final defeat.
“We dealt with it immediately after the game. We didn’t dwell on it. We moved on.
“We didn’t play well enough, but we’re strong enough (to bounce back),” he said.
When it comes to confidence though, Lake Wendouree has some real spring in its step.
So much so Lakers coach Tim Malone has been able to name an unchanged line-up.
It is a different scenario for Bacchus Marsh with three compulsory changes.
The big inclusion is feisty onballer Scott Sherlock after an extended lay-off with a torn hamstring.
Youngster and small forward Bill Griffiths is back after missing one week with concussion and Liam Noonan has earned another recall.
Out goes Jarrah Maksymow (suspended), Trent Angwin (hamstring) and Kane White (knee).
COBRAS V LAKERS
at Eastern Oval
Bacchus Marsh (2nd): 13 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw
Lake Wendouree (1st): 14 wins, 2 losses
R8: Bacchus Marsh 14.20 (104) d Lake Wendouree 11.6 (72)
R13: Bacchus Marsh 7.21 (63) d Lake Wendouree 7.10 (52)
Qualifying final: Bacchus Marsh 14.14 (98) d L Wendouree 7.14 (56)
BACCHUS MARSH v. LAKE WENDOUREE
B: M. Sutherland, D. Heta, D. Velden
HB: L. Mullen, L. Phyland, J. Bolton
C: J. Trowsdale, T. Shea, H. Coulton
HF: R. Stuhldreier, R. Mc Nay, A. Del Papa
F: D. Bishop, S. Sherlock, J. Calma-Holt
R: D. Burton, L. Blundell, M. Denham
Int: N. Stuhldreier, D. Phyland, B. Griffiths, L. Noonan
Emg: T. Hughes, J. Hehir
In: B. Griffiths, L. Noonan, S. Sherlock
Out: J. Maksymow, K. White, T. Angwin
B: L. Findlay, L. O'Connell, B. Hayes
HB: L. Bucknall, S. Clifton, T. Malone
C: L. Anderson, J. Hooper, N. Monk
HF: J. Alexander, A. Simpson, E. McCuskey
F: N. Pring, T. Nijam, B. Taylor
R: A. Armstrong, S. Clifton, N. Peters
Int: J. O'Connell, S. Carey, S. Willmott, H. Herben
Emg: T. Littore, D. Sliwa, I. Kirby, A. Kirby
EAST POINT v. DARLEY
B: L. Faull, B. Fitzpatrick, J. Peeters
HB: B. Leonard, L. Thornton, K. Rattley
C: J. Draffin, C. Banwell, K. McNicol
HF: J. Buttler, S. Tung, J. Bassett
F: T. Whittington, M. McCrow, A. Wright
R: J. Kirby, S. Romeril, C. Raine
Int: J. Payne, C. Quinlan, J. McClure, J. Lewis
Emg: B. Yoa, J. Downey, A. Hynes, J. Tung
B: C. Cullen, K. Doyle, D. Edwards
HB: L. Cahill, J. Spiteri, S. Holt
C: Z. Dix, D. Peacock, T. Thacker
HF: T. Stone, D. Locke, B. Hall
F: B. Holt, A. Speak, R. Gundry
R: T. Stephenson, K. Fenton, R. Hawkins
Int: S. McDonald, D. Grenfell, C. Pepi, J. Wells
Emg: T. Minns, M. Smith-Bye
REDAN v. NORTH BALLARAT CITY
B: D. Okely, T. O'Keane, X. Fitzgerald
HB: S. Carr, H. Hall, K. Linton
C: T. Douglass, J. Toulmin, K. Dawborn
HF: A. Harvey, Z. Jenkins, L. Scheele
F: W. Madden, L. McLean, Z. Wilson
R: J. Flynn, H. Edwards, T. Bryans
Int: N. Vincent, R. Petrascu, J. O'Donnell, L. Frawley, Z. Oliver
North Ballarat City
B: T. Haintz, R. Wood, M. Lawless
HB: T. Hotchin, I. Pertzel, J. Simpson
C: H. Mulcahy, B. Leonard, J. Duffy
HF: S. Duffy, J. Curran, M. Goh,
F: F. Loader, T. Bromley-Lynch, T. Moss
R: C. Perks, H. Loader, C. Patterson
Int: P. Keogh, T. Alkemade, M. Willian, M. Riding