EASTS player-coach Josh Garden stood at the bar watching Brothers annihilate Isis last weekend, thinking only one thing.
“I just felt sorry for Jonesy,” he said.
Jonesy (Isis coach David Jones) had his head in his hands for the bulk of the 62-6 thrashing and Garden felt his pain.
“It was a bit of an embarrassment to finals footy,” Garden said.
“They let down coach Jones and I know he puts in a lot of effort and didn't deserve to end the season like that.”
The former Across The Waves playmaker said it was hard to ignore the sterling form of Brothers, particularly from their star players, ahead of Sunday's grand final.
“(Brent) Kuskey had a blinder and he's an awesome player,” he said.
“All you can do with a player like him is restricting his impact on the game as best you can.
“I'd think we have an older team than them, but their key players are all very experienced.”
To counter their brilliance Garden is backing an old-school approach.
“We just need to stay in the arm wrestle; don't let them get ahead and don't panic,” he said.
Captain AJ Evans, Garden said, was the perfect leader for the occasion.
“He is, and always has been, inspirational — ever since we played at school as 13-year-olds.
“He's tough as guts, turning up under the weather but producing games that could win you a grand final week in and week out.”