Lake Albert is out to kick start the new year with a bang after struggling so far in their premiership defence.
The Bulls lost their last three matches heading in the Christmas and need to respond against St Michaels at Rawlings Park Turf on Saturday.
Saints sit in fifth, one place below the Bulls and captain Kurt Robertson knows the team needs to improve if they are to repeat their efforts from last season.
“We’re pretty unhappy with the way we’ve played in the first half of the season,” Robertson said.
“I don’t think we’ve done a hell of a lot wrong but I think our application just needs to be better.
“I still think we’re as strong as anyone of our day, but I don’t think our days aren’t close enough together at the moment and we really need to solidify our spot in the top four and need to be consistent to do that.”
Lake Albert have won two of the last three titles but also struggled following their drought-breaking win.
They missed the finals in 2016-17 and Robertson is looking to make sure they shake off another premiership hangover.
“After the last premiership we had a little bit of a hangover,” he said.
“I don’t think this is any different.
“We have struggled a little bit thinking it is just going to happen when it’s not.
“Nothing will happen unless you make it happen so we need to step up or step aside really.”
He’s looking for a better batting performance, especially at the top of the order.
The Bulls are expected to make two changes to tackle the Saints.
Nic Skelly is unavailable so Lachy Kendall comes in while Nathan Smith drops back to second grade.