Second-bottom of the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership standings with a 3-4 record is not where the South Perth Lions wanted to be after seven rounds, but Coach Hayden Fisher says his side are learning from their mistakes.
“We’re really happy with how things are going. We’re learning from the losses we’ve had and how we can get better,” he said.
Having blown leads against Fremantle and Rockingham in the first three rounds of the year, Fisher says those issues have been rectified at training.
“Unfortunately a couple of games haven’t gone our way. There were games we let go against the Roosters (Round Two) and Rockingham (Round Three),” he said.
“We were in a position to really take those games, so it’s something we’ve been working on – hopefully, it puts us in good stead later in the season when the going gets tough.
“There’s a lot of learning that’s going on at the club. We’re trying to move forward and grow.”
Despite the tough losses, Fisher sees brighter days ahead.
“As a club, we’re heading in the right direction, and those results are only around the corner,” he said.
“All the players around the club are really positive and training really well.”
The Lions’ Round Seven display against the Roosters showed signs of promise, with Fisher’s side recording a 28-26 upset win at Ken Allen Field.
“Wins are always good to build the confidence and hopefully the penny has dropped,” he said.
Fisher says the bye has come at a good time with four South Perth players representing WA at the Combined Affiliated States Championships in Brisbane this month.
“With a number of players in the State side it’s a good time to freshen everyone up, but also prepare a few other guys that will have to step up,” he said.
“For any side losing four or five of your key first graders it’s always going to stretch you, but again it’s a good challenge for us as a club.”
Fisher will hope his available players step up to the challenge when they host the Rockingham Sharks at George Burnett Park after the bye.