Brothers change successful formula under new coach Daylight
FOR almost a decade Brothers have dominated the Ipswich Rugby League with a simple formula for footy the whole club has adhered to.
But coach Dean Daylight, a man brought up on that same Brothers blueprint, has ripped it up to try something new in 2015.
Brothers have not recruited to replace the players they have lost from last year.
It is likely to be felt the most up front, where big men Josh Afoa and Jake O'Doherty will be missed.
To compensate for their departure and utilise the players at his disposal, Daylight saw change as a necessity.
So it will be a new-look approach on display when Brothers meet Norths in the opening round of the Ipswich Rugby League at the North Ipswich Reserve this afternoon.
"We have made some changes to the way we play footy," Daylight said.
"So I'm not expecting them to have it perfect straight away.
"We've moved away what Brothers have traditionally done.
"We're going to play football.
"I'm a halfback so I want to see us playing footy.
"We don't have the size to bash and barge."
The Ipswich Jets have had success with smaller forwards by playing a fast paced game with plenty of ball movement to run the opposition big-men ragged.
Daylight admits elements of the Jets' game plan would be adopted by Brothers.
Opponents Norths have also faced a big player turnover but Daylight expects them to be high quality again in 2015.
"I think most of their new players have played together previously," he said.
"They're the team to beat.
"They've got a lot of talented players and are well coached."
The other match of this afternoon's A grade triple header at the North Ipswich Reserve is between Swifts and West End.
Both sides have bolstered their rosters in the off-season and will be looking to make a statement with a round one win.
ALONG with a great day of rugby league the IRL are raising money and awareness for beyondblue, the mental health assistance organisation. The IRL will be donating $25 for every try scored in the three A grade fixtures during the first three rounds this season.
IRL season launch, North Ipswich Reserve
- 12.30pm: BRL a grade Ipswich Jets v Wests Panthers
IRL A grade
- 2.15pm: Swifts Bluebirds v West End Bulldogs
- 4pm: Goodna Eagles v Fassifern Bombers
- 5.30pm: Norths Tigers v Brothers