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Tenace disappointed but proud

Geelong Amateur veteran Daniel Lovick flies for a mark. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG Amateur coach Kane Tenace has told his players to be proud of their efforts in 2019 despite failing to convert the BFL minor premiership into a grand final berth.

Ammos fell seven points short of featuring in the last Saturday of the season, losing to Torquay 12.20 (92) to 13.7 (85) at McCartney Oval.

“At the start of the year, I don’t think anyone gave us a chance of putting ourselves in the position that we did,” Tenace said. “It was a good effort to get where we did.

“It hurts to lose – it doesn’t matter when you do lose. But when we look back on it in 2-3 weeks times, we’ll recognise we did pretty well.

“They’ve got a taste of it, and I hope they want more. We’ve played some really good footy at times, and playing in finals and losing finals hurt.

“As much as you don’t want to lose, everyone enjoyed being out there yesterday, and everyone wants that taste more.”

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Tenace says the two finals appearances coupled with plenty of home-and-away matches for several talented youngsters will also hold Geelong Amateur in good stead heading into 2020.

“There are a handful of guys in that team that have improved out of sight from Round 1 to yesterday,” he said.

“And there were a couple that weren’t playing yesterday that have got a fair bit of senior footy into them, and they’ll be better for it.

Veterans like Daniel Lovick, Jarrod Young, Brad Surkitt and Bradley King are expected to play on, which will further aid the development of Ammos’ list.

“I’d hope that they’re all going to put their hands up to go around again because those guys will probably be very high up in our best-and-fairest when it’s all said and done,” Tenace said.

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