SUNS AFLW Senior Coach David Lake is confident his team has the tools to turn around an early-season form slump this weekend.
On Sunday it was announced the SUNS would stay in Perth to take on the winless West Coast Eagles next Sunday after going down to Fremantle in Round 4.
Speaking post-match after the Dockers game, Lake said it was a tale of two halves and the team could learn from what they did well to start the match.
“In the first half, as a coaching staff we were excited we had shape in front of the ball and we had shape behind the ball,” Lake said.
“I thought we actually found something and showed that we can participate at the level.
“We had moments where we just didn't quite take our chances in that second quarter, just basic skill errors.
“And then the third quarter… it got hard and I felt some dropped off - and then from that you lose shape and you lose structure.
“So that that was disappointing from our own development point of view and that's a discussable item or an educational point.”
Yet to sing the team song after a victory this year, the SUNS have had a tough draw to start the season, playing three teams who have been in the top four in recent weeks.
But the team has another opportunity to get four points this weekend and Lake only has eyes for what lies ahead for the remainder of the season.
“I hope that the lessons that we're taking start to turn and we can turn that for ourselves,” he said.
“(The teams in ladder positions) one, three and four was pretty hard work but that’s the level and we’ve got to get to it.
“So we take the lessons and see what we can do in the next five weeks.”