At the start of 2021, it looked as though Orange CYMS' second-grade side would be fighting to avoid the wooden spoon at the end of the winter.
The boys were struggling to get a win on the board, and had no real identity they could turn to.
Fast forward three months, and the green and golds have made their way into finals contention, with a 24-16 victory over Cowra on Sunday.
The result marked a fourth successive win for the outfit, something fullback Isaac Lettice attributes to attention to detail.
"We've really improved those one percent plays," he said.
"Everyone's just started turning up for each other and that's helped us get these results."
Cowra came to Wade Park with a winning attitude on Sunday, but it was the work of CYMS' big boys that helped out massively.
"Our forward pack laid a platform for us backs to play footy," he said.
"The Kennedy boys [Liam and Ethan] as well as Jake Allen all did their job. It helps a lot having Boardy [Josh Board] coming down from firsts as well."
With squads like Blayney and Mudgee setting the standard, Lettice knows there are still some improvements to be made, especially with their tackling.
"We still need to tighten up our defence a little bit," he said.
"Our inside out push has been pretty good, but there's still a few things to work on."
Even though Dan Mortimer doesn't manage the second-grade side to the extent he does firsts, Lettice has still felt his influence throughout the season, something that's certainly helped.
"He's implemented a new structure and it's working well," he said.
"He's also incorporated a lot of fitness games into training so we're getting a bit of fun out of it as well."
While Group 10 puts on its magic round, the green and golds will enjoy a bye next weekend before traveling to face the struggling Lithgow Workies.
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