It was not meant to be for Shepparton East after the reigning premiers bowed out in disappointing fashion against Rennie.
Playing coach Dwain Vidler, who was shattered post game, said his side was not good enough to play for one more week.
‘‘It is definitely not what we were aiming to achieve, we were beaten by a better side,’’ Vidler said.
‘‘In saying that, I feel that our side was good enough to go around again, we didn’t take our chances and it just was not supposed to be.’’
Vidler, who is in his fourth season at the club, did not want to reflect too much on the past, but felt a few more things could have been dealt with differently this season.
‘‘Like every season, you want to improve on the year that just went and I feel there were some areas that we could have been better at,’’ Vidler said.
‘‘There is no point dwelling on the past too much, we just need to look forward now.
‘‘That performance shows where we are at and where we need to get better.’’
Defender Nathan Barolli ruled himself out midweek with a hamstring strain, while Vidler believed tagger Joey Perkovic and Jamie Spencer, who were not 100 per cent fit, warranted their spot in the side.
‘‘They weren’t at full strength. However, they did enough to justify our decision in playing them,’’ Vidler said.
‘‘Spencer was pretty good and Joey ran with Matt Pendergast all day and did quite well.’’
Upon reflecting on his side’s missed opportunities, Vidler said hindsight was grand looking back at the contest.
‘‘Bad kicking is bad football and in hindsight, it would have been great to finish those chances, but we didn’t,’’ Vidler said.