AFTER an opening round defeat to South Warrnambool, Port Fairy assistant coach Winis Imbi believes the Seagulls are back on the correct flight path.
The Seagulls, who lost to the Roosters for the first time in five years last weekend, were back on the winner's list with a 79-point victory over Portland on Saturday.
Imbi said he and playing-coach Dan Nicholson identified they had approached the guidance of their players wrong in the first game of the season and immediately went about rectifying the issue during week.
"We all understand we are mixing a few ingredients in our game and especially after we played South we didn't feel we gave clarity to boys," he said.
"We gave it this week and they executed our plan. Every team has their strengths but as coaches we didn't give them any real guidance (in the first round) on how we wanted them to use that."
Imbi said he could start to see the Seagulls grasping how they want to play defensively after they kept Portland to seven goals and a total of 51 points.
"The boys realise defending is the responsibility of the 21 people who are picked to play," he said.
"They all have a high IQ and it's really noticeable and we are just really pleased for them and that they were able to have some positive reinforcement from us on that."
Imbi said it was difficult to single out who he thought was the Seagulls' top players in the victory.
"From a team perspective you can't do that with one or two of your players there were 21 that did their role," he said.
"That's where Port are coming along they understand footy is not just a talent-based thing it's a system which requires everyone to play a role."
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