After a tough couple of games to open the 2020 AFL SNSW Women's Competition, the Griffith Swans were able to take their first points of the season.
The side made the trip to Lockhart to take on the Brookdale Bluebells and came away with a 5.4 (34) to 3.3 (21) victory on Friday night.
The Swans trailed by a single point heading into the first break but were able to hold the home side on just a behind in the second quarter to lead by five points at the main break.
The Bluebells were able to hit back in the third term to see the sides locked at 21 points all heading into the final term.
The Swans defence held firm to keep the Brookdale side scoreless while two goals and a behind were enough to see the Swans come away with a 13-point victory.
Coach Trevor Richards praised the way his side worked given they headed to Lockhart a little understrength.
"I was stoked with their performance," he said.
"The girls worked really hard for each other right across the ground. I couldn't fault their effort, especially considering I wasn't able to give them a break on the bench."
With having less players on the field than normal, the Swans had to change their gameplan at the first break which gave them the lead heading into halftime.
"As a rule of thumb we like to move the ball quickly and get it into the forward line," he said.
"With Lockhart having the ability to get more players back in defence, we had to slow it down a bit.
"We had a chat about holding the ball at half-forward and getting the ball in once we had more girls down there."
The Swans have the bye this weekend before taking on the Eagles in Narrandera in the final round, and Richards is hopeful his side will be able to make it into fourth place.
"With the close losses and forfeit at the start of the season we won't be able to make the grand final," he said.
"They have playoffs for third and fifth, so our goal will be to make it into the third-place playoff."