IT was another huge effort for another demoralising loss.
It was another courageous day at the office.
It was a superb effort to fall just short against the Casey Scorpions in our VFL clash on Gold's turf at Queen Elizabeth Oval.
However, we again come out from the day with real positives.
We as a club, with players from all over the region, some who played district football last year, took it up to an AFL aligned side with real character and fortitude.
Of course we missed an opportunity, but that is the key word, opportunity.
Since the announcement on June 25 that Gold would no longer play VFL football next season, I have been overwhelmed by our group and their passion and desire to continue at VFL level.
I have been overwhelmed by our group and their passion and desire to continue at VFL level
Almost every player I have spoken to who has made the grade at VFL will, or wants to, continue at state league level, whether here or interstate.
Again the word opportunity has been ringing in my ears for weeks now.
I know the current group and it doesn’t overly surprise me of their future plans.
However, I do have empathy for the group of young men I have spoken to who didn’t join us in 2014.
There was a number who were committed to playing VFL footy in Bendigo, but for numerous reasons were keen to defer that opportunity to 2015.
To those players, the opportunity in Bendigo may be gone, but not lost altogether.
It is too late to say ‘what if’ or ‘I should have’ when you are a retired old man like myself.
Take a risk, make the most of your talent and don’t have any regrets when the time closes on your career.