East Albury captain Brett Davies believes a series of one-on-one honesty sessions will be the catalyst to bounce back after Saturday's shock loss to Wodonga Raiders.
The Crows lost 5-14 to finish agonisingly two runs short of the cellar-dwellers' low total of 117.
In their defence, they were missing best batsman Coby Fitzsimmons (junior rep commitments), while older brother Liam was watching at the carnival.
East was second at Christmas, but has now dropped to fifth and is no guarantee of playing finals with seven rounds left.
"We had some one-on-one discussions with the boys and honest reflection on where we are as a group and individuals," Davies said.
"It was really refreshing to see the honesty of where we're at and we know we're not too far away."
The Crows are desperate there's no repeat of last year.
The club was equal second on points with Lavington at the halfway mark, but then lost the last two games to fall to fourth, behind Albury on percentage.
The top three teams host the home final and East was bundled out in week one by Albury.
Given the club was humbled for the lowest score in CAW history in November - 17 against North Albury - it begs the question whether the Crows are a genuine chance, but the ever-positive Davies remains buoyant.
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"I see the work behind the scenes, this is an incredibly committed group, that has had two really bad days," Davies explained.
"The honesty to each other will be the catalyst for us to kick on."