BOMADERRY learned the hard way that there can be a big difference between a win and a draw in football.
They started the game in second place and with a win, they would have stayed there.
Instead a nil-all draw has seen them drop back to sixth and miss out on the finals altogether.
Sitting back in eighth place, Gerringong were playing only for pride, but by holding their opponents to a draw, opened the door for Illaroo to snatch fourth spot, something that looked almost impossible a month ago.
While there were no goals scored, both sides had their share of opportunities, but it just wasn’t Bomaderry’s day.
Coach Nathan Aldridge said it was disappointing, but that’s just the way football goes sometimes.
“You take the good with the bad I suppose,” he said.
“I thought we played well enough (to win) but I think it’s been the story of our season that we just can’t score enough goals,” he added.
Aldridge said they were disappointed to miss out on the finals, but said it would have been worse if they had played poorly.
“I think all the boys played fairly well and we can be happy with that,” he said.
“It just wasn’t our day,” he added.
Aldridge has also announced his retirement as a player and coach and said he had been hoping for a better finish.
“It would’ve been nice to go out a winner, but at least I’ve had three good years at the club.
“I’ve had some fun and that’s really what it’s all about.”
Being the defending premiers, it was not a great season for Gerringong, but their coach Andy Lockard praised his team for not giving up.
“I was really happy with the effort,” he said.
“We would’ve have liked to have finished off with a win, but I thought we showed a lot of heart to get a point out of it,” he added.
Lockard said he didn’t think it was too bad of a season for them, but they lacked a bit of grunt in crucial games and it came back to bite them, with the competition being so close.
While he is not sure if he will coach again, he said they were already talking about next season over a few beers in the club house and was confident most of their players will be back.