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Echuca footballer 'devastated' with Bendigo Gold folding

Matt Farrelly has been part of the Gold since its start and was disappointed the club did not get more support.

GEORDIE COWAN June 27, 2014 3:43am

Bendigo Gold footballer Matt Farrelly. Photo submitted

Echuca footballer Matt Farrelly, who has played every game with Bendigo Gold in the past two years, said he was ‘‘devastated’’ after hearing the announcement Gold would fold before training on Wednesday.

‘‘There’s been a fair bit of hard work put in from the start and I’ve sort of been involved in all of that,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s a group of us and it’s just hard to hear after everything we’ve worked on in the last couple of years that it’s just no longer going to exist.

‘‘We’re all just looking forward to the next eight weeks and making the most of what we’ve got left.’’

Farrelly has been named in the best in five of his 10 matches this year and has averaged 14 touches, four marks and three tackles a game.

The half-back thought the club had been heading towards folding, but had hoped it would be at the end of next year.

‘‘I thought after all the work (Bendigo chairman Tim) Dixon and Aussie Jones had done over the pre-season we might at least have another year,’’ Farrelly said.

‘‘If we had’ve, I think results would have started to come our way and the community would have jumped on board.’’

Farrelly said he was disappointed in the lack of support from leagues in and around Bendigo.

‘‘It would’ve been good if the Bendigo Football League would have supported it more,’’ he said.

‘‘I think a lot of people wanted us to fail.

‘‘There’s a lot out there who, rather than encourage players to go and play well and reach the next level, they would just get them to play locally so they would have a chance at a flag.’’

The 21-year-old said he has ‘‘loved’’ his time at the Gold.

‘‘I’ve made so many good mates. It’s going to be pretty sad at the end of this year when I lose contact with most of them,’’ he said.

‘‘Two years down the drain.’’

With eight weeks left until the end of the season and the curtain closes on the Gold’s run in the VFL, Farrelly hopes the team goes out with a bang.

‘‘Hopefully we can continue playing some good footy,’’ he said.

‘‘If they had waited another month or so, we might’ve made the decision a bit harder if we got some results.

‘‘Hopefully we still do and show a few people on our way out how far we’ve come and what we’ve done.’’

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