While the results haven't fallen their way during the first half of the season, the Griffith Swans are pleased with where they are heading as the halfway mark of the season approaches.
Swans coach Greg Dreyer feels the squad is ahead in some areas but knows there is still work to be done in the second half of the season.
"Probably ahead with a few of the boys with having so many younger boys in the side," he said.
"On the whole, we are reasonably happy, but you want to win those close ones, but is all a bit of experience for the young boys, and a bit of patience is required."
The last time out against Narrandera, the Swans fell to a seven-point defeat, and Dreyer feels a slow start was the cause of their downfall.
"We didn't start the game with enough intensity or enough respect for the opposition it was 11.2 to 7.2 at halftime, and I think we kicked 5.9 to 2.2 in the second half," he said.
"Once we switched on a bit and got ourselves going, we were more than adequate, but it just came down to a poor start which has been a bit of a theme of late."
It has been an issue for the Swans so far this season that they have been unable to put together a full four-quarter performance, but Dreyer takes positives from the narrow defeats.
"Once we switched on a bit and got ourselves going, we were more than adequate, but it just came down to a poor start which has been a bit of a theme of late," he said.
"That is a general trait for young sides with that consistency, so we knew it was going to happen. We just have to be talking about it and be aware of it and work hard together to try and fix it."
With the second half of the season approaching, the Swans coach is hopeful of picking up some results.
"I still think that we can win some games. We aren't too far away," he said.
"Mango really touched us up and Ganmain in the end, but even in that game, we were fairly competitive.
"It is about getting consistency and just improving our decision making under pressure. How we deliver the footy and where we are moving to and when you get under pressure and make those skill errors you want to be better at that."
The Swans will be heading into the clash with a mostly full-strength side will a couple of players making their way back through the lower grades but will be without Blake Argus and Oswald Hermann, while Taine Moraschi will miss the game with GWS Giants Academy duties.
The top of the table under 17.5s clash will start the day at 10.30am, while first bounce for the seniors will be around 2.10pm at Maher Oval.
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