COLAC captain Dan Jeffreys says the Tigers’ playing group is positioned to reverse a campaign quickly losing relevance.
Consecutive heavy defeats to South Barwon and Lara have put the Tigers on the back foot ahead of a must-win clash against St Marys at Central Reserve tomorrow.
The South Barwon loss was unsurprising, but the defeat to Lara – and the ease with which the Cats unravelled Colac – came as a major shock.
Jeffreys opted against pointing fingers at under-performing players, insisting the Tigers had to take collective responsibility for their poor form
He said the adoption of a Leading Teams program – popular at AFL clubs – provided a platform for the side to emerge from one of its darkest days in years.
“The idea of Leading Teams and the leadership group we’ve got going is to get that player feedback,” he said.
“After a game we’ve had a chat about what we need to do and where we’re at. It’s a continuous thing we’ve been doing the last couple of years, and this year as well.
“We want that player input to make them take charge, to keep driving and working on the things they need to.
“It gives you a bit of structure and guidance on what you’re trying to do, something to refer back to.”
Eighth-placed Colac has a 2-3 record but a percentage of just 68.7, a whopping 40 per cent behind seventh-placed Newtown and Chilwell, which has one more victory.
Jeffreys said the Tigers were “poor in a lot of areas” against Lara, but “it’s not through a lack of trying”.
He said the improvement of the Geelong Football League had exposed how important it was to have a bulletproof game plan.
“Some of the sides that are out there now, if you’re a few per cent off or if your standard drops away with pressure, skill and intensity you get found out pretty quick,” he said.
“You’ve got to make sure each week you’re hitting targets and getting the basics right.
“It’s not one person or an area of the field, it’s a whole team approach.”