PORT Macquarie Dolphins had their first six games on the road before they played at the more familiar surrounds in the Port Macquarie Indoor Stadium.
Things have changed 12 months later as the Dolphins prepare to hit their home court on Saturday night for the first time this season.
They head into Saturday night's fixture full of confidence despite a 68-64 loss to Hawkesbury last weekend.
Coach Mark Champion refused to take too much notice of the Crusaders' opening round 108-51 hammering of Springwood.
"They had a good win, but you can't read too much into the other teams when you don't see them play," he said.
"We're excited about playing at home and we know we're capable of winning if we play similar to last week."
Despite the Dolphins four-point loss to the Jets on the road, there was still plenty to like about their performance.
"We learned that we can't let those one-quarter let downs happen," Champion said.
"But in saying that, last week instead of them rolling over the top of us which happened a lot last year, we got ourselves back into the game."
Champion admitted his team was looking forward to building on their performance from last weekend.
He was confident they would continue to get better.
"I don't think this team is anywhere near their ceiling yet; the average age is still under 20," he said.
Tip-off is 6pm.
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