Dubbo Westside showed tremendous pride in their jersey to fight to the very last minute of a tough 2017 season, coach Col Fuller said.
The players were on the end of a lopsided 40-12 scoreline at half-time in Sunday’s match against Nyngan and were given the option of an early finish by Fuller.
However they turned it down and saw out the match.
“The boys turned up to play and I’m proud of them. We talked about calling the game off with 15-20 to go and got into the sheds and discussed it with the boys and they said no, let’s have a bit of pride in our jumper,” Fuller said.
“We kept our heads in the game and scored a good try.”
Fuller said the players had given 100 per cent all season despite player shortages and some heavy scorelines against them, and said there was reason to be positive about the future.
“We’ve had a good year. The second round the boys were playing a full game of reserve grade, coming off and swapping jumpers and going out again. That’s the same old story,” he said.
“A few boys have indicated they will come back. We’ve got some good classy players in our side and if we can capitalise in the off-season and get a couple more, I think we can be competitive again.”
The focus for the rest of the season for Westside will be the women’s league tag team, who finished in second place and have high hopes for the semi-finals.
“We’ll get behind our league tag girls and get behind them going into the semis. They’ve worked hard all season and we’re pretty happy with where they’re at,” Fuller said.