It has been key to Orange City’s success in this year’s Blowes Clothing Cup competition.
A perfect example of this is the combination of breakaways Duncan Young and Keith Andrews and No.8 Gus Brotherton.
They’re all different players, but together they make a formidable loose forwards force for the Lions.
“They complement one another,” Lions co-coach Mick Gray explained of the trio.
“Duncan is a very smart player. Keith and Gus have got good motors. Keith is a workhorse and Gus is good in defence but also a strong ball-runner.
“You’ve got to get the right balance. If you don’t have someone like Keith doing the work at the breakdown, having another player like Gus or Duncan wouldn’t work as well. You’ve got to get the right combination.”
Brotherton said the trio’s familiarity with each other helps them to form a solid combination.
“We know our individual roles and how we play,” Brotherton said.
“We work in pairs,” Andrews added.
Fitness has also been key for the entire side.
“We believe we can outlast everyone,” Young said.
Gray said another asset the three boast is their innate ability to read the game.
“They’re obviously fit, but they get in the right spots,” Gray said.
“Duncan often pops up and you wonder how he knew to be there sometimes. He reads the game very well.”
This is the first full season the trio have played together, with Brotherton and Young returning from last year’s success.
Brotherton said even though there’s some different faces to the side which enjoyed success in 2012, things hadn’t changed this year.
“It’s no different to last year. We’re trying to get the win each week,” Brotherton said.
Even though there are some different combinations to last year, the camaraderie is still there.
“We’re doing it for each other,” Brotherton said.
The boys know tomorrow’s grand final will be tough against Parkes.
The Lions are unbeaten in two seasons, but, just as importantly, they know how to handle the pressure that comes with being defending premiers.
“We’ve learnt not to panic. We know how to keep our resolve,” Brotherton said.