South Coast Group 7 Berry Magpies v Batemans Bay Tigers Berry Showground, Saturday 2.45pm
IT has come around quickly, but it is the final game of the season for the Berry Magpies tomorrow.
The Magpies and their opponents the Batemans Bay Tigers will be calling time on their season earlier than they would have liked, with both sides out of finals contention.
But that does not mean they have nothing to play for.
“I don’t believe in the whole ‘nothing to play for’ thing,” Magpies coach Ted Bowley said.
“Regardless of where you finish, if there’s still a game to be played, you have something to play for.
“Otherwise you are just there wasting your time.”
The Magpies were beaten 40-16 last week against the top of the table Gerringong, after falling behind 30-4 at the half time break.
“We started very flat and as the score line indicates, we just weren’t there,” Bowley said.
“To their credit, we actually came back to win the second half.
“That probably doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but it does show we can compete.”
In the second half, their team performance improved and Bowley is confident if they can play like that against the Tigers, they can finish off their season on a positive note.
“If we can carry that into this week, I think it’s a game we can get away with.
“It should be pretty free-flowing and I honestly think it could turn into a pretty entertaining game of footy.”
Given it is their last game, they probably won’t be making any drastic changes, but Bowley said he would like to give some of their younger players a chance off the bench.
Josh Ingold is likely to get an opportunity somewhere, as they are trying to blood as many young players as possible for the future.
It has been a bit of an up and down season for the Magpies, but Bowley said they have shown glimpses of what they are capable of.
“We’re going through a bit of a learning curve, but I think that will hold us in good stead for