Kennedy finally decides to put away his boots
BY MARK RAYNER
It was the end of an era as William “Bubba” Kennedy announced after Mudgee’s 19-12 Group 10 grand final loss to St Pat’s that he had played his last game of football.
“I had a great year with Mudgee, it’s a good club and this will be my last year, this is it,” Kennedy said after his side had fought back from a 16 point deficit, only for three Pat’s field goals to put the title out of reach in the final minutes of the game.
The multiple club veteran joined Mudgee at the start of the season and along with fellow former Bathurst Panther Steve Lane and Warick Colley, was instrumental in getting the Dragons into the finals and then into the decider.
It might not have been the fairytale finish he was hoping for, but Kennedy was still playing great football right up until his final game and unlike many who have gone before him, knew when it was time to hang up his well worn boots.
Disappointingly for Kennedy, he was unable to stamp his authority on Sunday’s grand final as the ball rarely got out to his side of the field, but he was pleased that the team was able to come back.
“Their defence was too good in the first half and we just couldn’t get through them,” Kennedy said. “Yeh we came back pretty well to keep ourselves in the game, Steve Lane put on two quick tries but we couldn’t do any more.”
Stand-in Mudgee captain Matt Stott was also pleased with the way the side didn’t give up, despite the 16-0 score line in favour of Pat’s at half-time.
“Yeh that’s us and that’s the club, we have a good fighting spirit and we showed that today, but unfortunately we gave them too much of a start and full credit to St Pat’s, they took advantage of that,” Stott said.
He said the club should still be proud of what they had achieved throughout the season and expected the Dragons would use the experience to improve next season.
“Great season, we were club champions and as a club as a whole that’s what your aiming for,” Stott said. “Unfortunately today we didn’t get across the line.”
Stott said his side’s discipline early in the first half cost them and it proved too much to come back from.