The Grampians Giants will mark the half-way point of their 2019 FIDA Western Country Conference season on Sunday.
This weekend the Giants will take on Ballarat in Ballarat for their third game of the season.
Ballarat is the reigning premiers and will be a tough game for the Giants.
"It's going to be hard but we'll go in trying to get the win," Giants coach Russell Holmes said.
"It will be a great experience and a big learning curve for a developing team like us."
Holmes said he was impressed by the team's development and improvement so far during the season.
"We've had two big losses," he said.
"We're still having trouble finding players and having a full squad. We are improving but other teams are improving as well.
"We are showing signs of being extra resilient which is fantastic to see and very important part of building a great, sustainable and successful team.
"These times can be difficult at a football club but it makes the future success so much sweeter."
The Giants played their first game of the season against Geelong Dragons FIDA Football at North Park, Stawell on April 14.
Unfortunately for the Giants, the Dragons came out on top of their game kicking eight goals to zero in the first quarter.
The game evened up in the second quarter with the Giants and Dragons kicking three goals each.
The final score, Geelong 14.12 (96) defeated Grampians 4.2 (26).
Goalkickers were Simon Crow and Jake Debono.
Crow and Debono were also named the two best players for the day and were well supported by Troy McQualter, Hannah Slorach, Mark Field and Ryan Pulham who battled hard all day down at full back.
Holmes said Geelong only entered the competition in 2018.
"Since coming into the competition they have accelerated ever since," he said.
"Our tackling pressure and one-percenters really impressed me in this game.
"If you put the scoreboard aside the enthusiasm from our players was impressive."
The Giants went up against South Warrnambool Hurricanes in their second match of the season.
The Hurricanes booted seven goals in the first quarter and five in the second quarter to set up a commanding lead.
The Giants fought back in the second half only allowing two more goals to be kicked by The Hurricanes and kicking one themselves through Hannah Slorach who tucked the ball under her arm and sprinted for the goal line before booting it through.
The better players on the day were Jake Debono and Simon Crow who both ran hard through the midfield and tried to give first use to the Giants in the ruck.
Hannah Slorach was named third best for her forward pressure and goal. Troy McQualter and Ryan Pulham both battled hard in attack and defence for the Giants.
"Our second game was very similar to our first," Holmes said.
"The teamwork around the ground has really lifted from last year and that was one of the things we've tried to work on and put time into this season.
"Players have stood up that have struggled in the past and it is fantastic to see the improvement in those players."
Crow, Debono, McQualter as well as Mat Taylor all tried out for the Victorian Country Inclusion Cup Squad in 2019.
After the initial cuts to the squad, Taylor was invited to a second trial day on Sunday, April 19.
Victorian Country head coach Steve Reeves said there was more players trial this year than ever before, and the standard has definitely increased.
We hope the Vic Country team can improve on the third place last year," he said.
To have almost 50 players from across country Victoria come together is incredible and a huge credit to all of the parents, family, friends and carers who helped get the players here. We couldnt be more grateful."
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