OLD rivals will go head-to-head this weekend in what will be a blockbuster game of a different kind for the Griffith Swans.
The Swans will make the short trip to Leeton Showground on Saturday where they will face their neighbour and traditional foe in what is a battle to avoid the wooden spoon for season 2021.
Both Griffith and Leeton-Whitton have registered just the one victory each this year, with the Swans coming out on top over the Crows in their round two match up, 12.10-82 to 7.4-46.
So, it has been a long time between winning drinks for the Swans, who are hoping to replicate their glimpses of good form in recent weeks into a full four quarters of consistent football on Saturday afternoon.
Griffith will likely welcome back Leigh Owen from injury, while Jack Powell may also make a return from a foot complaint.
Coach Greg Dreyer said getting away to a fast start and holding the Crows out would be an ideal way to get momentum rolling in Griffith's favour early on.
"We've got to be more efficient when we go forward ... we let the opposition rebound out of our forward line a little to easily," he said.
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"Henry (Delves) is also kicking the bulk of our goals, so we need a better spread of goal kickers in the side.
"It's about looking at ourselves really. If we get too wrapped up in what the opposition is doing, that's when you start having issues.
"Consistency for the whole game is what the key is."
With victory dangling like a carrot in front of the win-starved Swans and Crows, there's no doubting Saturday's match will have more than just bragging rights on the line.
Attempting to move from the pile at the bottom of the ladder is an added incentive for both sides, with Dreyer hopeful it will be his young Griffith charges that can go in focused and come home with the intended result.
While acknowledging everyone has a role to play on the paddock each week, he said the midfield's attack and run would be crucial.
"Blokes like Oliver Bartter, Kahlan Spencer, Taine Moraschi - if they can give us a full four-quarter effort, that will go a long way," Dreyer said.
"You always look to the experienced guys like James Toscan and Leigh Owen to lead the way.
"It's just consistency across the whole group really. We've just to prepare the same as we always do, regardless of who it is."
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