When wins are proving hard to come by, you learn to celebrate the little victories.
Wagga Tigers under 13s are mastering that art.
In the second quarter of their game against The Rock-Yerong Creek last Sunday, Tigers kicked their first first-half goal of this season.
It wouldn't be enough to spark a comeback against the Magpies, but it was a moment to enjoy.
"They absolutely loved it," co-coach Jeremy Lucas says of the excitement when they hit the scoreboard.
"We couldn't quite see it on the weekend. There was a bit of a scramble and the ball somehow went through the goals and all you could hear was every single one on the ground just cheering and celebrating.
"It was good to see."
The week before, there were two goals to celebrate - to Sam Clarke and Andrew Cabot, both in the second half of a tough outing against reigning premiers Turvey Park. In round one, Jett Boxshall, got on the board at Ganmain.
It's worth savouring the goals because Tigers are winless through four games, just as they went through the entire under 12s last season without a win.
But in a year when it might have been easy to take up something else, the Tigers 13s keep turning up and having a crack.
"They rock up every week, they have fun. Me and Iggy try to make it as much fun as possible and they just keep turning up. It's been good," Lucas says.
Lucas, 18, and Iggy Lyons, 17, play with the senior club and are in their first year of coaching. It's been rewarding.
"They're real good to coach. This is the first year for me and Jeremy and they all listen. It's good," Lyons says.
"They're happy as. Loving it. Smiling and having fun and they keep turning up each week wanting to win.
"We're just working on everyone's skill, trying to better each one of them and improve as a team really."
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Sunday's game got away on Tigers after half-time, as the Magpies kicked eight unanswered goals.
But Sam Clarke has been a find, joining the Wagga club from Tumbarumba and having an outstanding season playing off half-back or through the middle.
Clarke's teammates are improving by the week, none more so than ruckman Oliver Furnell who has come out of his shell in the last couple of games.
"Our ruckman, Ollie, at the start he was very quiet. But the last couple of weeks he's been really up and about. It's been an amazing turnaround," Lucas says.
Improvement and enjoyment are all the coaches need to see, and on that score they couldn't be happier.
"Yeah, loving it to be honest," Lucas says.
"Even though we're not winning, just watching them grow every week. It's just really good to watch."
The pair both played under Tigers champion Steven Priest in the under 17.5s last year and said they learnt plenty, while Lyons has also been coached by a Brownlow Medallist in Paul Kelly earlier in junior footy.
As well as enjoyment and skills, the coaching duo is also concentrating on the contested ball, teaching their players to be first to the footy, and to learn to look after their teammates.
Lyons says they keep the message simple.
"We keep talking to them about keeping that effort and it'll come," he says. "But just having fun. If they're having fun, everything comes into play. The improvement has been good.
"They played really well (against TRYC). They all enjoyed it so it was good and they got a goal which was good."
With a bye this week and just three games left, Tigers might set their sights on an historic win against North Wagga in their final game in early September.
"It would be real nice to have a win but it's just all the fun in it. We just want as many goals in games as we can and have as much fun as possible," Lucas says.