Confidence high during bye
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Diehards have plenty of confidence and belief, according to their coach, as they embark on the mid-season bye.
After 11 rounds of the competition, the Diehards sit fifth but just four points away from the top of the table.
As the season shapes to be tightly contested for finals places, the Dalby side took plenty of confidence from their win last week over Highfields.
Coach Derek Brady said his side's win was a turning point in their season, proving to themselves they were still a top team in the competition.
Brady said his first 11 weeks as the head coach had been a learning curve but he was excited for the rest of the season.
"It has certainly been an exciting period for me," Brady said.
"There have been some highs, with some really good wins early on. We finished on a very good note on the weekend against an in-form Highfields side."
The Diehards sit level on points with Highfields and Warwick, who sit above them on the table on points-differential.
Defence has been a struggle for the defending premiers, with only the seventh-best in the competition.
Brady said attitude and confidence had been an issue for the side, one the coaching staff was hoping to address during the break.
The Diehards have been able to maintain a perfect home record throughout the first half of the year.
The Diehards did not lose a game at home in 2017 and it is a record the Dalby side is keen on maintaining.
"We build it up every week, nobody beats us on home turf," Brady said.
"That is something we have carried through from last year and it would not matter who we played on the weekend, the attitude is we do not lose here."
Brady said he would not be analysing the final six games of the season, assessing where his team might pick up victories.
The coach said he was placing all his focus into the side's next opponent, Pittsworth at home on Sunday, June 24.
The Diehards will finish the year with games against Warwick, Souths, Oakey, Goondiwindi and Wattles.