Resurgent Brothers peaking for another shot at title

A MONTH ago, they were losing to the wooden spooners.

Now they are the form team of the competition with the minor premiership in the bag.

For Brothers, tomorrow's final round clash with Swifts at Brother Seery Park should provide the icing to the perfect preparation leading into finals.

"There's still plenty to gain," Brothers five-eighth Sam Krueger said of the clash against a Swifts team with no finals prospects to play for.

"It's only the second or third time we've had our full side available. We're still getting little combinations going."

Brothers' resurgence has coincided with the return of the Springfield Anglican College grounds and maintenance officer at five-eighth, as well as the return to fitness of prop Josh Afoa, fullback Shane Gibson and utility Wade Liddell.

"We hadn't been able to keep the same side on the paddock," Krueger said.

"But it's more the fact that we have set ourselves a few goals we wanted to achieve before finals.

"We're achieving them, we've trained hard and having a full squad makes a difference."

Krueger hasn't missed a grand final with Brothers as a senior footballer, playing in an under-18 and numerous Reserve and A grade grand finals, losing just one.

So he knows all about peaking at the right end of the season. He likes the way Brothers are building.

"At the moment everything is right where it should be," he said.

"T (coach Tyron Day) is doing an awesome job.

"There's a few little things we need to improve, like our discipline, but we're in the right space for this time of year."

It seems a long way from when they were beaten by West End and conceded 40 points to Fassifern.

Krueger admits it was more than just injuries that was affecting the squad.

"A few attitudes weren't as good as they are now," he said.

"It's making a big difference."

In the weekend's other A grade match, West End will collect the wooden spoon at Daniels Park tomorrow win, lose or draw against Norths.

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A-grade standings heading into final round games tomorrow: Brothers 26, Norths 23, Goodna 22, Fassifern 16, Swifts 9, West End 6.



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