THE Holroyd-Parramatta Goannas fell to the Pennant Hills Demons in a Sydney AFL division one elimination final on the weekend, but club president Robert Mannion believes they are on the right track.
The Demons jumped on the Goannas early, picking up four unanswered goals in the early play.
Goannas forward and leading goalkicker Ben Rogers came off with a broken finger in the first quarter as well.
"We were bitterly disappointed not to progress further into the finals after they came out of the blocks quickly and we were slow to start," Mannion said.
Over the last three quarters the Goannas had the best of the game but never quite got their noses in front.
"We won each quarter for the rest of the game but, in the end, were two goals short," Mannion said.
"We were in a position to win in the last quarter but a couple of easy goals missed and you end up losing."
Despite this loss ending the Goanna's season Mannion believes the club is moving in the right direction.
"We are happy with our progress," Mannion said.
"We have an experienced and competent administration and a great coaching staff.
"We feel that success on the field is inevitable once you create those structures off the field because players will come and they will be happy to stay.
"We focus on the culture a lot at Parramatta, with a strong behavioural culture and team culture."
Mannion believes great facilities at Gipps Road Oval and a stronger partnership with the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants AFL team bodes well for their future.
"Our facility is one best facilities in Sydney thanks to the state government and AFL contributions as well as our own money," Mannion said.
"The Holroyd Council has been very helpful as well.
"We also have an expanding relationship with GWS Giants.
"Alan McConnell is a senior assistant coach at the Giants and is officially aligned with our club now."