Not many people would have put North Warrnambool 1-2 to start the season. But two-straight losses have Eagles mid table after its first stretch of games. It's not panic stations yet, the season only in its infancy.
But coach Adam Dowie concedes there could be a sense of complacency in their training routine.
"I think we've taken for granted that it's been embedded when maybe it hasn't," he said. "Maybe it's doing extras, maybe it's fitness stuff or more touch.
"It's difficult after coming off not playing 2020, then 2021 we felt we trained a lot and maybe we got a bit comfortable. Not necessarily in thinking we're better, but in what we were doing during the week."
Losing the free kick count in its match against Warrnambool also hurt the Eagles.
"Is it poor technique? Is it frustration? I'm not sure," Dowie said. "But I felt they broke a lot of tackles and on the other side their tackling was really good, so that's something we might look at."
Sports journalist at the Warrnambool Standard, with a strong interest in Australian Rules Football, basketball and women in sport. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | mobile: 0475 949 802
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.