SO CLOSE: The Wheatmen A-grade sode finished the season with a draw against the Rangers on the weekend.
SO CLOSE: The Wheatmen A-grade sode finished the season with a draw against the Rangers on the weekend. Emily Bradfield

All over for A Grade

RUGBY UNION: A tense game against the Rangers ended with a heartbreaking 24-all draw for the A-grade Wheatmen, shattering their finals' hopes.

The high-stakes game was do or die for the A-graders who needed to win to claim their place in the finals.

A penalty kick on the bell was an opportunity to steal the game at the last minute but luck wasn't on their side, falling just short as the whistle blew on their final game for the season.

"We shouldn't have been in that position, it shouldn't have come down to that,” coach Darren Hoskin said about the final kick.

"All our guys are pretty disappointed; they know we should have done better than that but that's the way footy goes sometimes, unfortunately.”

Hoskin described the loss as heartbreaking.

"We're a better team than what we performed on the weekend but everyone gave it their all,” he said.

"We didn't control the kick-off well enough... we never made touch a couple of times on our line and a couple of times we got isolated and they stole the ball back off us in key attacking positions.”

Despite the disappointment, Hoskin reflected on their strong finish to season and the team's development since he took over as coach a few rounds in.

"We weren't performing at our best and it took us a while to find our groove ... our second half of the year was terrific and we improved out of sight,” he said.

"One thing I wanted to do was get some culture back into the club and put belief into the guys ... we've gelled as a team the past month or so and our performance has shown that.”

While the A-graders have come to the end of their season with a bye next week, the B and C-grade teams will play on with one remaining round and a strong chance in the semi-finals at Roma.


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