Echuca's Matthew Farrelly played in Bendigo Gold's final VFL match on Friday.ERIN LYONS August 27, 2014 3:05am
Bendigo Gold had an emotional farewell on Friday evening when the club played its final VFL game against Collingwood.
It was announced in June that Gold, who were formerly associated with the Essendon Bombers, would fold at the end of the 2014 season.
Echuca footballer Matthew Farrelly, who has played with Bendigo for the past two years, said it was a ‘‘ very sad’’ farewell.
‘‘It was upsetting and a little disappointing,’’ he said.
‘‘We treated it like a normal game, but you know, once that final siren sounded it really kicked in.
‘‘In the final quarter, I just focused on soaking it up.’’
The lack of support from surrounding clubs ultimately led to the Gold’s demise.
However, the crowd attendance reached an unexpected sum on Friday evening as the locals journeyed to Queen Elizabeth Oval to witness Gold’s final hit-out.
‘‘The atmosphere was great and the crowd really got behind us,’’ Farrelly said.
‘‘If we had this sort of support since the start of the season we wouldn’t be in this position which is really disappointing.’’
While Gold came out strongly in the first half and led at the major change, Collingwood fought back with a 10-goal third term ruining Gold’s opportunity to end two consecutive winless seasons with a victory.
‘‘Everyone was really up-and-about and rapt with our first half,’’ Farrelly said.
‘‘But in the third term, they got on top of us. Which was an unfortunate end.’’
The end of Gold has left Farrelly and many other outstanding footballers in a pickle as to where they will play next season.
However, Farrelly, 21, said he ‘‘loved’’ his time with Gold and was determined to continue playing VFL football.
‘‘I will continue to pursue VFL,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ll talk to a few clubs and see where we are at.’’
Despite not having registered a win in his time at Gold, Farrelly said the experience he gained at Bendigo would be a vital asset to his career.
‘‘I’ve made some great mates that I’ll have for life,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone provided me with the help and encouragement I needed.
‘‘Gold really did turn all of us into VFL players.’’
Goulburn Valley Suns have taken it right up to Kingston City only to go down by a single goal in a hard-fought National Premier Leagues contest.
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Echuca’s experience of playing in its sixth Shepparton District junior footy league decider in the past eight seasons failed to result in a trophy after Shepparton United comfortably won the grand final by 64 points at Deakin Reserve.
NANNEELLA’S night of music and family fun went off with a bang last weekend.
FURTHER demolition of Kyabram P-12 College’s A-wing building began on Monday.
Avenel win over Nagambie to take top spot
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.