DARLINGTON Point-Coleambally is keen to go out on a high ahead of the club’s last game of the season against West Wyalong at Ron Crowe Oval.
The Roosters have the bye in the final round and are no chance of making the finals, but showed plenty of positive signs for the future last weekend in their upset win over the Bidgee Hurricanes.
It came on the back of an improved performance against Yenda the week before – but captain-coach Andrew Herbert said he can’t understand why their upturn in form has come now, and not earlier in the year.
“That’s the frustrating thing for me – whatever it is that makes them tick, we’ve only just found it,” said Herbert, who remains “undecided” if he will play on next year.
“I think we’ve just started enjoying our footy a bit more and got a roll on. Everyone has lifted and stepped up to the level I thought we could have been at earlier.
“It’s going to be one of those years where you look back and say ‘what if’.
“We’re probably the only grade at the club that won’t make the finals, which is a bit of a shame.
“We’re playing some really good footy but I guess we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and finish the season on a high.”
West Wyalong has beaten every team in the competition over the side’s past eight games and looms as a monumental challenge for DPC, particularly at home.
But Herbert is not daunted.
“They’re the form team of the competition, no doubt. But in saying that, any team is beatable,” he said.
“It’s about how you rock up on the day – how physically and mentally prepared you are.
“If we get that right hopefully we can come away with a win and create that positive energy that can hopefully rub off going into next year and the pre-season.”