Bega Roosters coach Scott Barton says the team's belief in one another is key in the tri-colours success this season.
"It's mostly just the hard work in training that these guys come on to the football field and know what they're doing, whatever you have to deal with they know how to handle," he said.
"When it gets hard you've got the belief to know you'll come out the other side of it.
"We're all on the same page to chase the result at the end of the year."
The Roosters boast the best defensive stats of any team in the Group 16 competition this year and it will be a factor again when the club hosts Batemans Bay on Saturday.
"I think this is a real danger game going into it," Barton said.
"The Bay have got some really strong individual players and they've been able to cause upsets to teams like Moruya and Eden.
"If we don't turn up willing to get dirty and complete our sets then we could be in trouble."
However, he said the Roosters were chasing premiership glory, but were eager to share their success with the whole community and vocal support egged everyone on.
"We play for our sponsors and the town and we love seeing people down here at the ground to support us, we want to share this success," he said.
"We get so stoked to have that vocal crowd behind us and now we're in the back of the year so that support will help us moving forward to chase that premiership."
The coach praised good recent efforts by Scott Galeano, Shannon Shepherdson and Justin Towney ahead of the weekend.
"Scotty is enjoying a great year and deserves a rap, while Shannon does a lot of hit ups an Justin has been playing some big minutes in the middle."
The seniors will run on from 4pm on Saturday against the Bay Tigers, while the competition-leading Bega Chicks will also host the Bay in a league-tag showdown from 3pm on the day.
Group 16 Chairman Allan Wilton said the round was critical for the Bay who are just three points outside the top five, but a loss on Saturday could make it hard for them to chase a finals berth.
Meanwhile, the Moruya Sharks play host to the Tathra Sea Eagles with the Maroons currently holding third place on the table - just one point clear of the Sharks.
First grade kick off is 3.30pm Saturday at Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya, with the two points to be pivotal into the back end of the season with just 3 points separating second and sixth on the ladder.
Tathra will also feature in league-tag from 1pm and ressies at 2.30pm.