Great Western is “not getting caught up in wins and losses” despite going into Saturday’s game against Woorndoo-Mortlake off the back of five consecutive defeats.
“I have always been big on development and having little wins of our own along the way,” Lions coach Will Bell said.
“We try not to worry too much about wins and losses but we would be mad to say we don’t get a little disheartened with regular losses.”
The Lions enjoyed a pool session in place of their regular training on Tuesday in an effort to help sore bodies recover after some recent grueling contests.
14 players are missing from their senior side at the moment due to injury, a situation Bell said his side will be better for in the long run.
“Regardless of how tired our boys are it is a testament to them to keep digging deep and putting in the hard yards,” he said.
“Whether that helps us now or in another 12 months it is all about development.”
The Tigers have been a mid-tier side this season, sitting in sixth with four wins and four losses.
Bell said he expects another tight contest.
“Just by results they have been right in every game they have played.,” he said.
“Going on last year they were a big bodied team so I think they will be tough again, especially if there is rain around on Saturday.”
The Lions go into the game with a ruck dilemma, with brothers and ruckmen Rayne and Kyle Salmon sustaining injuries in respective weeks.
Despite the injury woes, the side will continue to be bolstered by reserves, juniors and players returning from injury.
“Junior Jacko Thomas ran off the wing for his first game of the season last week and gave us a bit of run so he will get another crack after doing well,” Bell said.
“We have got some other guys possibly ready to return from injury too.”
Great Western’s faint finals chances are on the line, with the team slipping three games outside the top five.