Bombers on target to new heights
FASSIFERN player-coach Daniel Roos has dismissed any suggestion of redemption in tomorrow's IRL grand final replay against Brothers at Hayes Oval.
The Bombers enjoyed a barnstorming finish to last year, falling one win short of a fairytale premiership, but have put aside last year's result to focus on going one better in 2012.
The runners-up will field a near grand final strength team for the rematch but may have trouble recognising a new-look Brothers outfit on the other side of the halfway line.
Only four players from Brothers' premiership run-on team will start against Fassifern tomorrow after a high player turnover in the off-season.
Fullback Tim Sauer and fellow backs Ben Seve and Brook Alofipo will line up for the Brethren but lock Jim Quinn is the only forward to have experienced last year's A-grade grand final success.
Roos said he had chosen to focus on what his team was doing ahead of the clash, rather than dissecting the new-look opposition.
"We are just trying to improve on what we did last year," Roos said.
"We have pretty much the same side as we had last year so we are just worrying about ourselves.
"We've set ourselves a goal of trying not to lose any games at home this year so we're just looking to improve on our first game and if we do that, it should be a very tight game."
The Bombers demolished a lacklustre Swifts in round one by 50 points but despite the lopsided scoreboard, Roos said there were positives and negatives from the match.
"Cameron Pennel had a very strong first game for us and Matt Bon also played really well," he said.
"But we need to work on our ball control and make sure we stick to our plan.
"Against Swifts, the guys made easy meters so we went away from the game plan too much."
One forced change to Fassifern's line-up this season has been the search for a regular fullback to cover for Jets squad player Nemani Suguturaga.
The Fijian flyer was one of the finds of the season last year at fullback but will line-up for the Jets FOGS Cup side today.
While Roos hopes Suguturaga will also back up off the bench for Fassifern tomorrow, he believes he may have found a more than capable replacement in the shape of Kiwi Isimeeli Hafoaki.
"Last week was only the second time I've seen him play and he really impressed me," Roos said.
"I'm going to play Nemani in the centres this year.
"He likes centre more than fullback because he's more involved in the defensive line.
"If he gets called up to Q Cup, it's easier to replace a centre than have someone completely new at fullback."
In other games, Norths will try to make it two wins on the trot when they take on Swifts at Noth Ipswich Reserve.
Goodna will also be looking to break their duck when they begin play their first home game against West End.
IRL A-grade fixtures
Tonight (8pm) Norths v Swifts at North Ipswich Reserve
Tomorrow (3pm) Fassifern v Brothers at Hayes Oval, Harrisville
West End v Goodna at Richardson Park, Goodna