COLLEGIANS Mystified go into this Saturday's Bathurst Netball Association A grade grand final rematch against Panthers just happy to be on the courts in 2020.
Mystified were thrilled not only to win their opening round clash against Panthers Toshacks but were happy to get their new combinations working well together after a long wait for the season to get going.
Collegians coach Melissa Noonan said the small but talented five-team A grade competition are sure to put on a show.
"They were all very excited to be out there, and they just enjoy hanging out with one another. It's not just about the game for us it's also about the social side for us," she said.
"It was a great day and great to have everybody back there. The game was good and the Toshacks girls fought to the end. The scoreline doesn't reflect how competitive the game was.
"You want A grade to be competitive and I think the five of us that are there will be able to give each other a good run for their money."
The opening round's other match saw Panthers and Bulldogs Verdelho play out a 28-all draw.
That's a strong sign for a balanced competition early in the piece.
But how will a new look Collegians side stack up in the shortened 2020 competition?
Noonan said she's still got the talent on hand to go the distance once again but it will all depend on how well the group clicks together as a whole.
"We've got six gone from last year's team. We have five newbies and Caitlyn Matthews, who was the player of the final in 2018, has come back which is a bonus when you have someone who knows the style of the team already," she said.
"We've picked up a great centre in Alarna Dawson who has come across from Mana, since they weren't fielding an A grade team. The speed she brings to the team is awesome.
"We brought three new players up from reserves and they've trained with our A grade girls for a while so they fit in really well. They're only young and they definitely didn't disgrace themselves last week."
This weekend's grand final rematch will be a test for where the Panthers and Collegians combinations are early on in the season.
"It'll be really different," she said.
"While it's Collegians versus Panthers both teams have new look sides. I know Panthers have three new players. Whoever wants it more will probably take it."
Collegians and Panthers do battle at 1.15pm on court one and will be followed by Bulldogs and Panthers Agriwest at 3.45pm.
Panthers Toshacks have the bye.