Difference a Day makes yet to be etched in 2014
TYRON Day admits he is feeling the pressure.
But it is nothing he didn't expect when he put his hat in the ring for the Brothers A-grade coaching job this season.
At Brothers, success is expected and the Brethren's hold on it's 2013 A-grade title is looking decidedly shaky following successive losses to Norths and West End.
As a player, former prop Day was renowned for taking the ball into the heaviest traffic and absorbing punishment without complaint.
In some ways, coaching is no different.
"I feel the pressure every week," he said. "But if not, you shouldn't be coaching."
Given Brothers' success over the past decade, this was always shaping as a tough season under Day.
The club has lost 17 players from last season, many to rival clubs West End and Goodna.
Day has been forced to blood a host of youngsters and ask last year's reserve graders to step up.
In one sense, it is remarkable the club has led the competition for most of the season.
"If you take our player loss and injury toll, not too many clubs would handle it," Day said.
With injuries mounting, the chinks in the Brother's armour have become increasingly obvious in recent weeks.
It means teams that went into matches subconsciously doubting they could beat the Brethren, like Norths and West End, are shedding their inferiority complexes.
But Day has not felt the need to change his approach, believing his team is still close to where it needs to be to fight for the title.
They just need to regain their self-belief and a win over Swifts at home tomorrow could be the catalyst.
"Fassifern dominated us, but we've only lost by two points in our past two games," Day said.
"In previous weeks, we were dropping the ball in our own half.
"Last week we were completing and getting to our kicks.
"The competition is not like in previous years.
"There's no dominant players running around. The guys coming through are just kids.
"We need to get back to how we were playing at the start of the year.
"Trust our game plan and just enjoy it."
Brothers' injury woes continue this weekend with fullback Shane Gibson out for a week with an ankle injury.
Wade Liddell, having just played two games back after two months out, broke his hand last weekend and is unlikely to be seen again before finals.
There has been some good news with winger Ben Seve available again.
Swifts have their own issues to deal with, having slipped from the top four, and are desperate for a win to stay in contention for finals.