COLLINGULLIE-Glenfield Park coach Brigetta Hart believes their shock loss to Griffith could be the kick in the pants they needed to claim a premiership after taking out a fortnight of frustration on Leeton on Saturday.
The Demons were unbeaten before they were pipped 62-61 by Griffith, and had to wait two weeks for redemption after having the bye last week.
It was the Crows who bore the brunt in an 84-23 Riverina League belting.
"We were all extremely disappointed in our performance against Griffith," Hart said.
"We had some really hard training sessions and put into place a few things against Leeton, and it definitely paid off.
"We'll keep trying those different things so when we come up against those stronger teams we'll be ready.
"We went back to basics, tried some different things in terms or work rate and effort and it showed on Saturday."
Defenders Hart (groin) and Jemima Norbury (concussion) were huge additions after missing the Griffith game.
"In the season everyone gets in a rhythm before finals and we had to shake it up a bit," Hart said.
"To have a one goal win (over Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes) then a one goal loss straight after was a good chance to see how we hold up under pressure before finals."
Meanwhile, defending premiers Wagga Tigers (34 points) continue to put pressure on Collingullie (36) and MCUE (34) in the race for top spot with a 60-37 win over GGGM.
The Tigers have lost just once since round two, against Collingullie by ten goals early last month, and the teams will meet again in a clutch encounter in three weeks.
GGGM missed injured defenders Ruby Porter (hand) and Brooke Walsh (achilles), both out for the season.
"That's what we're aiming for now, to keep those consistent wins coming and really push those top two teams," Tigers captain Jess Allen said.
"We were strong right across the court on Saturday and we made our defensive turnovers count with scores.
"The younger girls in Asha Murphy and Leila Wadley are really starting to step up in that goal circle.
"We're really excited to get to finals now we've found a bit of form."
In other matches Griffith leapt into fourth with a 62-32 victory over Narrandera, and Coolamon dropped out of the top five after a 41-30 loss to MCUE.