MICHAEL Gay did not want to make any excuses after Bay Power's season-ending loss to Hervey Bay Bombers.
"We don't have any excuses, we just got beaten by a better team on the day,” the Power coach said.
"I don't know, and I don't want to make excuses.
"It took us a while to get into the game I think, but they outplayed us.
"Good luck to them.”
Gay, who directed the Power to last year's grand final, tried to spur his side on with the prospect of making history. Instead, he could only watch as those dreams were torn apart by the club's cross-town rivals.
"We made a couple of changes that didn't come off as we hoped it would, but they dominated that last quarter,” Gay said.
"The last quarter they probably got us a bit in the ruck” We tried a few things but it didn't work.”
Captain Josh Wheeler was an immense presence as always, but the Bombers had their rival's number.
Red-and-black jerseys swamped the Sherrin at every contest, and the Power's ballplayers had no room to move.
The Power's last outing did not go to plan, but Gay was still happy with what his team accomplished this season. A poor percentage prevented the Power from finishing higher on the table. The club was equal first on points with Maroochydore Roos and Brothers Bulldogs, but their inferior points differential meant they missed out on a major semi.
Then there were the countless junior players like Kris Sims, Mitch Beacham and Bruce Reville who not only earned their senior debuts, but cemented their place in the Urangan club's top team.
"We had a really good year, not counting today,” he said. "We blooded a lot of good kids that came through, and they're all local guys we have in the team now. The future's looking pretty good.”