Each club has shown a different intent at the selection table ahead of the final Warrnambool and District league home and away round on Saturday.
Nirranda has three massive outs with Isaac Templeton (suspended), Travis Graham (unavailable) and Jack Primmer (ankle) all to miss the clash against Merrivale.
The Blues selected Jesse Dalton who returns from injury, Danny Craven and Tobias Lane to replace the star trio.
Co-coach Shane Threlfall said having a strong list to choose from lessened the impact of losing three high-calibre players.
“Fortunately our depth allows us to bring in senior players to cover the ones we have lost,” he said.
“And the good thing about having depth is that there is constant pressure on everyone in the side.
“Everyone knows they need to keep performing because there are people waiting in the wings.”
Merrivale has used the last round of 2018 to reward players with a senior match.
The Tigers made a total of six changes in a “hectic night” at selection, bringing in Caleb Gale, Brad Kelly, Wilson Lenehan, Josh Guiney, Matt Dowd and Justin Carroll.
Coach Jason Rowan said he was glad to call up several players deserving of a senior game.
"We have had some blokes here that have been knocking on the door and it is good to see get them get an opportunity at senior level,” he said.
"These boys have been putting their hand up with quality games in the reserves and with a few out they get their chance.”
Rowan confirmed Tate Porter and Ollie Doukas return to the under 17.5s and Jarryd King to the reserves ahead of finals.
The other three changes see Sean Barnes miss through suspension, Kale Jarvis (unavailable) and Claye Cassidy (injured).
Kolora-Noorat coach Danny Finn said the Power would go into its last hit-out of the regular season against Old Collegians unchanged.
“It is definitely good to have a couple of weeks consistency with the same players on the park,” he said.
“It is always a balancing act and potentially we had a couple out that were nearly right, but we will manage them. And the blokes in the team deserve their spot.”
The Warriors made three changes with Aaron Williams (dental), Tom Lambevski (general soreness) and Jacob Brooks (rested) out and Justin Lynch, Nathan Wallace and Xavier Quinlan in.
Timboon coach Mick Hunt was confident of taking on South Rovers with an unchanged line up.
"We might have one late withdrawal, but at this stage it will be the same team that played last week,” he said.
"As I've said all season, unless everyone is going to be absolutely right we won't play them."