The weekend saw us take on the Burleigh Bears down at Pizzey Park in a match with enormous ramifications.
Win and we locked up our spot in the top 6, lose and we were relying on other results.
Unfortunately we went down 30-18 to a quality Burleigh side which cemented their spot in the top 2, and with Easts defeating Mackay, we dropped out of the top 6.
After a lacklustre first 40 minutes, which saw us go into the sheds down 22-6, the players put in a stirring game of footy in the second half to get the score back to 22-18. With all the momentum now, we were finishing over the top of Burleigh but a horrible no try call, which would’ve given us the lead, seemed to break our momentum and put some life back into Burleigh. We were unfortunately on the wrong end of several dubious calls throughout the day and it was a credit to the players that they hung in so well. Losing Phil Dennis and Dan Tamou to injury in the last 20 minutes didn’t help our cause either. We finished the game with 11 players on the field, after having a player sent off for the game and another put in the bin for 10 minutes in 2 separate incidents. Both horribly incorrect calls. Sometimes in these big games, you just need an ounce of luck to go your way and we had absolutely none.
Looking back on our season, I couldn’t be more proud of the players and their effort and commitment, to getting better as players and as a team. We came a hell of a long way from the start of the year, to nearly clinch what would’ve been a much deserved place in the finals. Some missed opportunities from earlier in the year, ultimately probably came back to haunt us. I feel like we probably could’ve easily been 6 points higher on the ladder, had we not thrown away some games we had in the bag. Again, I couldn’t be happier with the players and the way they stuck at it and finished the year so strongly.
Thank you to all the great Souths supporters who’ve stuck by us this year. The club is now on the up and this year was just the tip of the iceberg. Great times are ahead for this great club. Even though I’m moving on, to further my coaching up at the North Queensland Cowboys, I look forward to watching Souths Logan go on to bigger and brighter things in the years to come.
JOSH HANNAY | COACH