Daylight discovers coaching about more than just tactics
ONLY a few years ago Dean Daylight was one of the best players running around in the Ipswich Rugby League.
Now he is a young coach in his first year leading an A grade side.
But he has already realised current day players are a whole lot different to when he was still playing.
In Daylight's youth players were happy to bleed for their club on a Sunday afternoon and teammates were almost as much a family as their wives and kids.
"It's a challenge at the moment," Daylight said of trying to keep his team focussed and motivated every match day.
Last weekend Brothers showed up to West End with the wrong attitude and were duly thumped.
"On a Tuesday night at training we bring them in and have a conversation about attitude," Daylight said.
"As a new coach I have sought feedback.
"It's a different kettle of fish and something I have to keep working on.
"It's very different for blokes these days.
"They've got a lot on their mind, with young families.
"Sometimes on a Sunday you can see on their face they want to be anywhere but playing football.
"Ten years ago it was very different.
"Blokes wanted to be together at the footy. They drank together and partied together.
"Now it's a different culture.
"They've got young families or have to get up early for work the next morning. Or Islander boys have Christianity (and commitments that go with it)."
So Daylight's considerations have to be much broader than just footy tactics.
Though in that regard he also has a full plate this week.
Brothers welcome the red hot Fassifern Bombers, who are coming off their first two wins of the season.
They have to do without regular halves combination Cam Picker and William Oloitoa, as well as two of his most experienced players in lock Sam Krueger and second rower Troy Sharpe.
Sharpe is representing South East Queensland at the Queensland Rugby League state carnival at Southport this weekend.
The others are all injured and expected to be out for about two weeks.
Last time the two sides met Brothers were too good but Fassifern has changed dramatically since then with the addition of a host of players from PNG and Vanuatu.
Daylight has identified fullback Scott Ireland, centre Harold Mosby and winger Rai Baira as a potent combination that can inflict damage.
"They say if you shut down the forwards you can take control of their backs," Daylight said.
"But with players like Harold (Mosby) and their imports every player needs to be moving forward in defence.
"We're looking forward to the challenge against them.
"We knew once they got their imports on board they would be a formidable side."
- North Ipswich Reserve: Eastern Cobras v Swifts (Reserve grade 5.45pm; U19s 4.15pm). 2nd Division: Cubs v Bluebirds 3pm.
- Daniels Park: Division 2 - Leprechauns v Bears 4pm, Tigers v Tornadoes 5.15pm, Eagles v Bulldogs 6.30pm
- Brother Seery Park: Brothers v Fassifern (A grade 3pm, Reserve grade 1.30pm, U19s 12pm)
- Keith Sternberg Oval: Norths v West End (A grade 3pm, Reserve grade 1.30pm, U19s 12pm)
- Woogaroo Field: Goodna v Swifts (A grade 3pm); Goodna v Valleys (Reserve grade 1.30pm; U19s 12pm)