Too hard to think about

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON -

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.

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