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Mixed emotions for Power

East Geelong coach Jeremy Power addresses his players during the elimination final loss to Inverleigh. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

EAST Geelong coach Jeremy Power has spoken of both his disappointment that his club’s season has come to an end and the pride at playing finals after winning just four matches in his first year in charge in 2018.

The Eagles, who finished inside the top five for the first time since 2014, were more than competitive, but ultimately not classy enough to go the distance with Inverleigh in suffering a 19-point loss at St Albans Reserve.

“(I’m) disappointed because we came here to win,” Power said.

“But in terms of that pride, and the way we were able to fight it out, and that spirit of never giving up, I’m really proud of that in the group.

“Sometimes the game goes your way, sometimes (it doesn’t), but not to give up ever, I think that’s what we can hang our hats on.”

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Missing Whitley Medal contender Dale Lappin (knee), East Geelong at times lacked the polish of the Hawks, especially in the second and third quarters having gone toe-to-toe with last year’s runner-up in the first term.

“We ended up trying to do a few things around the footy, but going forward they were able to hit kicks where we sort of went for the shorter options and on this ground you get found out if you’re not all on the same page,” Power said.

“We were kicking down the line, and we had guys trying to switch at the same time,

“So you’re caught in between. And then you pull the wrong option and then it’s a turnover.

“So there’s a little bit of that that cost us, I think.”

Power is more likely than unlikely to enter a third season in charge at Richmond Crescent.

He revealed discussions with the club had already been held.

“We caught up a little while ago,” he said. “(I’m) just trying to balance up a few things on my side, more so, in terms of work and family, and making sure it all lines up again.

“There’s unfinished business, and there’s also how much we have improved.

“I’m confident in the side of things. It’s just probably trying to balance out the other non-footy stuff.”

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