Too hard to think about
IT IS hard for John Varcoe to look back on the 2018 season just yet.
His season with Picola United ended less than 48 hours ago at the hands of the Rennie Hoppers in the grand final.
Varcoe’s troops were gunning for a three-peat, while Rennie were looking to go back-to-back in the new-look combined Picola and District Football League.
On Friday night the club’s major sponsor, Moama Bowling Club, will host their senior awards presentation night, sealing off the football season for six more months.
Varcoe said the result made it difficult to see with clarity just what went wrong on Saturday afternoon.
‘‘It’s hard to reflect on my own performance just right at the moment. We didn’t quite get the job done,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘We had some players who really stood up on the day, in particular our backline and Rhys Woodland our captain was named our best player.
‘‘They had the majority of the better players on the day,’’ he said.
But Varcoe said it wasn’t that the big-game had got to his players, rather Rennie were clearly the better side on the day.
‘‘No, not at all, our players tried extremely hard and we’re certainly proud of the season we had.
‘‘Sometimes you just turn up against a side that play far better than you on the day,’’ he said.
Varcoe said Rennie showed their class in a time where it really mattered. His side were just not good enough to claim their third flag in a row.
‘‘Credit to them, they were absolutely the better team and deserved the win.
‘‘Hats off to them for that. I’m proud of our players and the club as well, for their efforts across the whole year, but we do have to be gracious in defeat,’’ he said.
Varcoe said there was no news as of yet about his own future at the club, or about senior players signing on for the 2019 season.
‘‘There have been no decisions at this point. But it’s not really about me; we’re still thinking about how the club’s gone this year,’’ he said.
HAPPY HOPPERS: A jubilant Rennie team celebrate the senior football team’s stunning against-the-odds 2018 premiership win against Picola United.
DARBY TIME: Picola United Darby Walsh kicks down the line in the Blues’ 38-point grand final loss to the Rennie Hoppers.