A frustrated Great Western Lions will look to get their season back on track when they take on Hawkesdale Macarthur in round nine of the Mininera District Football League.
Great Western took on Wickliffe-Lake Bolac last week and despite being competitive in the first quarter, the margin blew out to 109 points by the final siren.
Coach Nick Thomas is like most of the senior players in that he is frustrated by the results to date.
"It is frustrating. We have a good team on paper, yet we keep losing games," Thomas said.
"I'm sure the players are feeling the same as I am though. We are in it together, that is football."
Thomas will be expecting his team to at least be competitive against Hawkesdale Macarthur tomorrow.
"It is my understanding they have recruited pretty well, but I'm still expecting us to be able to win," Thomas said.
Hawkesdale Macarthur have won their last six matches including a surprise win against Tatyoon last week.
"For them to win over Tatyoon will give them confidence," Thomas said.
"It will certainly be a tough game for us."
With Hawkesdale Macarthur being in season best form Great Western's focus will firmly be on their own game plan.
"It is important that we figure out why we keep breaking down across the half forward line," Thomas said.
"We can't win matches by defending, we need to attack to the football. If we can get an early lead anything can happen."
Thomas is hoping that a couple of early goals will force Hawkesdale Macarthur to change their game plan and force mistakes.
Tom Cairns will return to the Lions line up, being on leave from the Military College in Canberra.
Cairns will more than likely line up in the middle before pushing to a half forward flank.
"He was a great asset to our team when he was here so it is exciting to see how he goes," Thomas said.
Thomas is unsure how many games Cairns will play with Great Western,
With Damien Skurrie unlikely to return this season, a place in the team is available.
Skurrie has been forced out through injury and will be a big loss for the Lions. It was expected he would play more games with the Lions this season.
Great Western will also welcome back Mark Bradshaw and Matt Bourke who missed last week's game due to work commitments and illness.