Barry Blackman, of Isis with the ball, is tackled by Zac Suter and Anthony Evans, of Easts.
Barry Blackman, of Isis with the ball, is tackled by Zac Suter and Anthony Evans, of Easts. Mike KNott

Isis coach looking forward

STILL recovering from the narrowest of losses to Easts last weekend, Isis coach David Jones is trying his best to focus on what lies ahead.

The sports fanatic lives and dies by his team's performance each weekend and could not hide his disappointment at being so close, but so far, from a grand final berth.

“It was a flip of a coin game," Jones said.

“We played well except for maybe two defensive errors and Easts played well too."

He praised referee Matt Mason in what was a high-pressure game.

“They all did a very good job.

“It was a tough one, there was not a lot in it, but they all had good games,” he said.

The post-mortem examination is over though, with all eyes on Brothers in the second last A-grade game of the season.

“I'm trying to get past it now and look to this weekend.”

Their opponents gained a free ride into the qualifying semi-final, allowing the Brethren an extra week to mend niggling wounds.

The fab four of Brent Kuskey, Cameron Ricciardi, Mat Templeman and Steve Irwin will be the ones to watch, according to Jones, but Isis won't be changing their tactics.

“We won't be doing anything differently this week,” he said.

“They've got the best four in the comp and have always been the ones to beat in my eyes.”

While other BRL coaches have targeted Brothers' left-side defence this season, Jones wasn't about to follow suit.

“They can concede points there, but they can score points too,” he said.

With Isis in both League 11s and A-grade finals – history may be created.

“It would certainly be a momentous day for the club (if they both qualified for the final),” club president Bill Trevor said.



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