This week was the one where Jarryn Powyer had planned to have a settled and unchanged lineup.
But instead, the Dubbo CYMS captain-coach has been forced into a number of changes for a bumper grand final rematch with the Forbes Magpies.
In his first-year of the job and with a big squad at his disposal, Powyer has changed things up plenty in the opening three rounds of the season.
He hoped the side at Forbes would be the same which ran over Macquarie last week but Alex Ronayne, Corey Cox, Jayden Merritt, and Nick Karydis have been all ruled out for various reasons.
Merritt and Karydis have both become fathers for the first time recently while Ronayne has family commitments this weekend and Cox is injured.
On top of that, fullback and leading point-scorer Brad Pickering was suspended at the judiciary on Thursday night.
"In previous years we've been able to start putting it together straight away but I'm happy with where we are at the moment," Powyer said before the trip to Spooner Oval.
"I would like to start some continuity and I thought this would be the first weekend without changes.
"I was really looking to cement some spots but we've got the depth and people can step up."
Byron Warren comes into the first grade side for the first time this season and will line up at fullback while Wade Kavanagh shifts from the back-row to the centres.
John Ciappara will be part of the run-on side in place of Ronayne, a key role given how much Powyer values the dominant presence in his forward pack.
"Akka (Ronayne) is a really strong leader and really he was far from his best in the first two games because he was crook and we felt that," he said.
"There's some big shoes to fill but Johnny Ciappara is full of beans and is young and got the enthusiasm so he'll fill that void.
"Byron will step up (at fullback) and he's certainly a presence, there's a lot of talk and I'm excited to see how he goes.
"When I've seen him play first grade before he was a devastating runner and there was a lot of yap and that's really valuable."
With so many changes and work done during the week, Powyer hasn't had too much time to think about the first meeting with the Magpies since suffering a one-point loss in last season's grand final.
"Last year was last year and we're just looking forward to the test at hand," he said.
The unbeaten CYMS side sits second on the ladder while Forbes is fourth, having recorded back-to-back wins after a round one loss to Nyngan.
"I think a few people have overlooked Forbes and that's typical early in the season but we certainty haven't and know what they're capable of," Powyer said.
"It's the same old for us, showing up with enthusiasm. They're strong in the forwards but if we're enthusiastic we'll stay with them the duration and then it just comes down to who takes their chances.
"It's up to our middle men to stand up."
Kick-off is 2.30pm on Sunday.