Northern District is promising even better days ahead as it works its way out of a mini slump and back into contention in the McDonald's Women's Premier Cricket competition.
Coming off a strong win over previously undefeated St George-Sutherland, NDs meet Gordon on Sunday in the only round nine game not involving a team from the top four.
Competition leader Sydney face the improved Universities, second-placed Parramatta is up against ninth-placed Penrith and Saints take on Campbelltown-Camden.
Most teams will be boosted by the inclusion of a number of WBBL players.
The likes of Sammy-Jo Johnson, Phoebe Litchfield and Stella Campbell are all expected to turn out.
Johnson plays her first match for the Sydney club and Litchfield will play her first match of the season in the Penrith shirt.
Northern District could climb into the top four with a win over Gordon at Chatswood Oval.
Coach Tommy Anderson is hoping to build on the momentum created from the gutsy win over the Slayers.
"They (Saints) are a very good team and are hard to play, so we will take a fair bit from that," he said.
"It was a good performance but we've still got a lot of improvement in us.
"We know we've got a good team but we're young and need to keep our feet on the ground.
"We played like millionaires and drifted out of the game at stages, but there was a lot to like."
The return of a host of WBBL players has evened out the playing field and created more uncertainty across the competition.
Sydney coach Russel Grimson is taking nothing for granted despite his team's excellent start.
"The WBBL has created opportunities for young players across Premier Cricket and some future stars are stepping up right across the competition," he said.
"No-one can rest on their laurels. Every team has the potential to compete with any team in the competition."
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