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Bennett in for the long haul

Corio coach Darren Bennett (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

HIS beloved football club is at arguably the lowest ebb in its 45-year history, but that’s only making Corio coach Darren Bennett more determined to rebuild the Devils.

Held scoreless in Saturday’s loss to undefeated reigning premier Thomson, Bennett admits he has endured some sleepless nights since.

However, despite the winless streak at VIVA Energy Oval hitting 35 games, he will do what he can turn the situation around.

“I’m really feeling for the playing group; it’s been pretty tough,” Bennett said.

“The first thing I thought about when I came back was that the club needed stability.

“I’m not going anywhere; I’m prepared to tough it out.

“Whether I’m the coach or the waterboy, I’ll be there helping and trying to get the club back up again.”

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Bennett encouraged his players to stick together when he spoke his players prior to Saturday’s game.

“In the last couple of years they’ve struggled to field sides towards the end of the year,” he said.

“It’s getting colder, and it’s harder to get to training, and the motivation’s not there when the poor buggers are getting belted every week.

“After the game, we looked at the scoreboard, and I said, “hopefully, this doesn’t keep happening”.

“Eventually, things will turnaround.”

Corio was behind the eight-ball before the loss to the Tigers, with the likes of Shane and Jason Bourke, Jeremy and Jaymie Large, and Simon Seddon all missing.

“A few of the guys have been working, and a couple of guys went away, so that’s been tough as to who we get on the day,” Bennett said.

“And we had a couple of guys pull out before the game, so we had a few guys that were doubling-up playing reserves and then coming out and playing in the seniors.

“We’ve got plenty of numbers; it’s just a matter of who’s available each week.

“We’ve had 45 blokes play senior footy, so there’s been plenty of blokes getting an opportunity.”

Bennett hopes to have the Bourkes back for this week’s clash with Geelong West, but there is a question mark over star midfielder Blake Hutchinson.

“His hamstrings were pretty sore after the game on the weekend,” Bennett said.

“We’ll play it by ear and see how he pulls up after Saturday night.”

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