There's stop-start seasons and there's the kind of campaign the Dubbo Demons are currently enduring.
The Demons, incredibly, have had as many weeks off as they've had games played this Central West AFL season and head into Saturday's match against Cowra having played only twice in the past seven weeks.
The Demons are left hoping the battling Blues, who have forfeited to Orange recently, make the trip to South Dubbo Oval so they can begin to ramp things up in the lead-in to finals.
"We've had as many byes as we've had games. It is tricky," experienced Demons campaigner Mick Daly said.
"But if you look at it, we've won each time after a double bye so maybe we can't complain too much."
The way the season has panned out hasn't been ideal, according to Daly, but there has been some positives as well.
The longer breaks have allowed many players to recover from niggling injuries and miss less games while key forward Bevan Charlton-White only missed two games rather than a whole slew of matches after suffering broken fingers earlier in the campaign.
"That can steady the ship and helps in recovery," Daly added.
When the Demons have got on the field their form has been mixed, with performances such as the one produced in a win over the high-flying Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels followed by disappointing showings like the effort in a 52-point loss to Bathurst Giants.
Despite the inconsistency the Demons sit in the all-important fourth spot and, as things stand, are on track to qualify for finals.
The Giants are hot on their tail though, making games like Saturday's against Cowra all the more important.
"We've got to make that run for finals now," Daly said.
"Especially with the (Bushrangers) Outlaws next week. But we really can't look too much further than Cowra, especially with a fair few out."
Charlton-White and Ben Madigan will miss both the Blues and Outlaws games, while another key figure in Chris Bell is also unavailable for Saturday.
Play starts 2.30pm.