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Foundation laid – Donohue


Inverleigh playing coach Adam Donohue marks during the win over Thomson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INVERLEIGH coach Adam Donohue is taking the glass-half-full approach to his club being denied the chance to end a 29-year premiership drought by GDFL season being cancelled.

The league’s executive made the call on Wednesday night to pull the pin following the extension of the COVID-19 lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne until at least September 23.

The Hawks were well-placed to win their first flag since landing the GDFL Division 2 title as Leigh Districts in 1992 after going through the 12-game home-and-away season unbeaten.

While disappointed at missing that opportunity, Donohue says 2021 won’t be seen as a wasted year.

“We’ve achieved nothing, but I said the playing group last night, “you might think that the work that we’ve done is for nothing, but it’s not”,” he said.

“We’ve laid a foundation. We didn’t lose a game in the seniors; our twos only lost one game, we’ve got new clubrooms coming, an electronic scoreboard – there are good things happening at our footy club.

“I just wanted to reiterate that point with our playing group; we’ve laid that foundation now.

“If we didn’t recruit and we kept everyone, I’d be more than happy because I’ve got that much belief in this group.

“I hope the boys have a nice break and come back as hungry as ever.”

Donohue says the majority of this year’s list has been re-signed for 2022.

“We should keep most; we’ve only got a couple we need to re-sign, which I’m confident they will,” he said

“We’ll touch base with them tomorrow (Friday) to see where they’re at.

“The majority have signed for two years as well.

“And there are a couple of players that are showing an interest in coming to our club as well. We’ve got some room to move with points.”

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