Almost two months after Ardmona made the difficult decision to withdraw its senior team from the Kyabram District Football League, coach Brent Ralph said he still believed the club had made the right decision.
After a brutal start to the season — with the Cats defeated by 254 points in round one against Undera and 348 points in round two against Rushworth — the league executive made the decision to transfer Ardmona’s senior side to play in the reserves competition.
‘‘At the time we sat with the president of the league, Wayne Ryan, and had a talk about what we should do next,’’ Ralph said.
‘‘We decided it was best to put it to the players and see where they sat. In the end, we made the decision to move to reserves.
‘‘It was tough, but in the long run it was the right choice for the club, the players and the league.’’
Now coaching the reserves side, Ralph said the team was gradually improving.
‘‘Many of the guys in the group were still learning to play footy when we started the season in the senior competition,’’ he said.
‘‘It was difficult to teach them anything when they were being belted by 300 or 400 points. That can be so demoralising.
‘‘We’re doing much better as a reserves side — still not as competitive as we’d like to be, but we’re getting there.’’
Ralph said the Cats were not about to call it quits on their dream of senior footy, believing a return to the top flight was on the horizon.
‘‘We definitely want to have a senior side next year. We said that right away — let’s rebuild and try again,’’ he said.
‘‘We have some strong reserves players. If we also do some solid recruiting, we should be able to form a senior side fit for KDFL.’’