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Belief building at Colac

Colac will look to consolidate its spot inside the top five when it takes on Lara. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

COLAC will look to make it seven consecutive wins and at the same time consolidate its spot inside the GFL top three when it travels to Lara on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers were unbeaten between the interleague and mid-season breaks after suffering consecutive losses to St Mary’s and Newtown & Chilwell in early May.

Star midfielder Ryan Monaghan says belief is building at Central Reserve.

“The win over Joeys was a good turning point for us,” Monaghan said. “We just had a real bad patch before the first bye, we had lost to St Mary‘s and Newtown, and we thought we were playing pretty ordinary football.

“We had a really good list but we just weren’t jelling at all.

“But we came back after the bye and we got on a roll, we got our structures and our rotations how we wanted it, so now that we’ve got a lot of consistency there, and we’ve had six wins in a row, the belief has come from that.”

Monaghan was a key part of Colac’s lone GFL premiership in 2014, and he, along with a number of senior players is now sharing his experience with the Tigers’ crop of talented youngsters on what it takes to win a flag.

“I remember in 2014 that was me,” he said

“I was only 21 when we won the premiership and you actually have to create the atmosphere to get guys excited about the potential of winning a premiership because they don’t know what it takes and what it feels like to win one.

“So we deliver that message to get them excited so they get into finals believing we’re the best team into it.

“We definitely spend a lot of time transferring that energy to those guys, so come finals, they believe they can do it.”

The Cats enter the clash having had a fortnight to stew over a one-point loss to Geelong West.

“We had the winter ball last week too, so we had a bit of time to talk about it,” co-captain Matt Spence said.

“It sat in the guts a bit. It hurt.”

However, the result was another sign Lara is starting to make progress with a young list under co-coaches Tony Armstrong and Shayne Stone.

“The results have been pretty consistent from our point of view,” Spence said

“We’ve been matching it with the good sides in the comp like Leopold and Bell Park, and West’s a good side when they’re up and going.

“I think we just put it down to sticking to the plan and buying into what Shayne Stone has set out for us at training.

“Us leaders are trying to drive some standards and cultures down at the club and we’re sticking to the process.”

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