SOPHIE Hinkley knows Cobden has the tendency to be hard on itself.
The Bombers are flying - undefeated after seven rounds - but a thirst to improve means they aren't always the first to pat themselves on the back.
The first-year coach, speaking after Cobden's decisive 17-point defeat of Warrnambool on Saturday, told The Standard positivity would be a theme going forward.
"We're trying to be positive about our wins. Sometimes we can be our own harshest critic," Hinkley said.
"We're trying to look at the things we're doing well already rather than the things we can improve on always.
We can all kind of look at ourselves and think about what we're doing well first before moving forward to what to work on.Sophie Hinkley
"There's definitely things we can improve on and move forward but we also want to recognise we are doing a great job and we just want to build on the things we do well."
Hinkley said both herself and her team could work on adopting a positive mindset.
"As a coach it's really hard, because sometimes you look with not a negative lens, but a lens to give constructive feedback," Hinkley said.
"Sometimes that can feel a bit negative. That's something I need to work on and definitely the players as well.
"We can all kind of look at ourselves and think about what we're doing well first before moving forward to what to work on."
Cobden led by just one goal at the first change but a 19-goal second quarter gave the Bombers breathing space.
Hinkley described the win as "probably our best game so far this year".
"I don't think we've won a game in all four quarters. This was the first game where we've won every quarter," she said.
"We had a couple of changes with trying different things. We were really impressed with it.
"Especially in that second half, when it started raining, it can always be testing as everyone is a bit tired. We were super happy with it."
She said Cobden saw the fruits of its labour come out in the match.
Hinkley revealed the Bombers had been working on sharper ball movement and were seeing the results.
"We've been working on just giving the ball off quickly," she said.
"Often sometimes we'll find we're staring at people and not giving the ball away. That's something we've been working on and it worked really well today and opened things up."
Cobden, who is the only team to boast seven-straight victories, will play Terang Mortlake at home this coming Saturday. Warrnambool, meanwhile, will play Koroit.
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