Finals outlook stays positive

By Campaspe News

JAMES Flaherty may not be in charge of Rochester next season, but he knows there is still plenty to play for in 2019.

The Tigers moved within touching distance of the Goulburn Valley League top six on Saturday after a convincing 26-point win over a Tatura side who have now lost its past four matches.

And Flaherty said belief was beginning to grow within the playing group once again after they ended a run of three straight losses.

“We just have to keep winning, it is that simple,” he said.

“The boys have given themselves to play finals footy and now we have the chance to show just how hungry we are.

“It has been frustrating how inconsistent we’ve been, but I’m pleased with how we’ve continued to bounce back from the adversity we’ve faced.

“I know our best is good enough to challenge the better teams in the competition.”

Throughout the season, Rochester’s best has proven to be good enough against sides who sit above them on the ladder — having defeated the likes of Seymour and Shepparton.

“If we do play finals, we have the confidence to beat those sides,” Flaherty explained.

“The top six has consistently changed this year and results have shown if you have an off day, any team can beat you.”

With Flaherty’s departure imminent, Rochester will be hoping to end his reign in style after five years at the helm.

But the 2016 grand final coach could still be in the yellow and black next season.

“It has certainly been a great journey,” he said.

“The club has suited me from the very beginning with their strong culture and desire to be successful.

“I’m extremely grateful for the loyalty the players have shown over time because they’ve been great to work with.

“A few people have indicated they are keen for me to play on but that’s a decision I’ll need to make going forward.

“With a third child on the way, I need to make a decision which is best for me and my family.”