Coolamon midfielder, and co-coach in waiting, Jake Barrett, is confident the minor premiers can get another crack at Griffith in the grand final, provided their ball use improves against Wagga Tigers in Sunday's preliminary final.
The Hoppers were left cursing patchy intensity against the Swans which saw them surrender a third-quarter lead in the semi-final. Barrett says they can regroup and recover to claim their first win over Tigers this year.
"I think we all know it's going to be a tough game but we're more than confident we can get the win. Everyone's a tight-knit group and we're looking forward to the challenge," Barrett said.
"We moved on pretty quickly but Griffith played a great game. They've got some very handy players. We just thought some of our skills let us down throughout the game and we know we can bounce back from that."
Barrett said playing the preliminary final at Tigers' home ground was a topic the club hierarchy wanted to raise, but he's adamant Robertson Oval holds no fears for the players.
"I think they (the club) chucked it out there about a neutral ground but we haven't thought twice about it. If you're good enough to win, you're good enough to win wherever it's played. It's not a big deal to us at all," Barrett said.
Barrett thought the Hoppers matched Griffith for pressure for much of last week, but the Swans hit their targets better as the game wore on. Against Tigers, led by league medallist Jesse Manton, they know pressure will again be critical.
"Wagga Tigers play a bit of a different brand, similar to us, and we've got to make sure they don't get their run on. Off half-back, they get a lot of run and we've got to be smart in the way we approach that," he said.
"(Manton) is a great player, he's been very consistent and a well-deserved Jim Quinn Medallist. He's very dangerous and if you don't put a bit of time into him, he can really hurt a side...
"I think the key to them when they're good is when you turn it over, their run from half-back. They tend to break sides with their speed, break the line on half-back, that's where they get their overlap and can be really dangerous.
"They've got a lot of good things about their game but at the same time, we're backing ourselves."
Joe Redfern kicked six goals in a losing side last week. Half of his 61 goals this year have come in the last six games. His form provides confidence but Barrett said they won't be one-dimensional.
"If you keep going through one player, it can be a bit predictable but Joe's been playing fantastic all year," he said.
"There was a couple of players last week that probably had a quieter game than usual and I know they'll bounce back this week.
"I think we've got a great forward line, with Jerry Maslin and Matt McGowan up there and players like Braeden Glyde crumbing. I think they can really provide an option for us."
In his first season at Coolamon, coming straight out of AFL football, Barrett is itching to see the side go through to the last Saturday of the season.
"The league's got a lot of handy players and it's been a great competition this year," he said.
"To get the club to a grand final and potentially win it would be unbelievable. There's a lot of history at the club and it's a very passionate community. It would be unreal if we can get the win and get Coolamon back to a grand final."