Griffith coach Adrian Pavese was disappointed to see their season ended in emphatic fashion at Robertson Oval on Sunday but will finish up at the club proud of what they’ve done.
After two final-quarter comeback wins to make the preliminary final, the Swans were outplayed by Collingullie-Glenfield Park, who made them pay for too many errors.
“I don’t think we left anything in the tank but we weren't at our best today,” Pavese said.
“You can’t do that against Collingullie. You give them a chance and they’ll nail you. We gave what we thought was an honest effort but it was nowhere near the mark.
“But I said to the boys after the game, sometimes you don’t need a piece of silverware to have a successful year, so we’re pretty happy with where we sit.
“The monkey (of not making finals) was off the back and we showed we’ve got a bit of resilience, a bit of fight.
“But we just couldn’t do it three weeks in row unfortunately.”
The Swans were in the contest at times but turnovers were costly.
And four times in the first three quarters they had passages of momentum, with three three scoring shots in a row, only to kick 1.2 on each occasion.
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Pavese said the Demons’ experience told in the end but he believes incoming coach Will Griggs takes the reins with Griffith in good health.
“Pretty proud,” Pavese said.
“The club’s in a good space. We’ve got the reserve grade in the grand final next week, so we’ll all get behind them… And there’s plenty of people that want to be here, want to stay here and want to come back.”