Boggabri Roos "rued" what might have been when they almost began their 2021 Group 4 first grade season with a local derby win against Gunnedah Bulldogs at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.
The Roos led their opening round clash with their near neighbours 20-18 midway through the second half but couldn't find the right execution to continue the job as they went down 24-20.
"Simple errors cruelled us," Boggabri coach Shane Rampling lamented after the game.
"We got into good positions but just dropped the ball.
"I said to the boys at halftime, whoever holds the ball will win."
His words were painfully true for the resurgent Roos.
Some of the blame for the mistake rate can be attributed to the fact the Kangaroos had 11 first grade debutantes.
"We have got to learn to play together," Rampling assessed.
"Hopefully the next couple of weeks we'll start to find a groove."
While disappointed by the mistake rate he still thought the effort was "fantastic".
"The best thing is we have plenty of improvement. We gave Gunnedah a major fright but there is still a lot of improvement there for us," he said.
Josh Trindall shared the Boggabri side's "players player" award with Rob Doolan and Nick Millar while new halfback, Kaylan Murray, was awarded the three points in the G4 Best & Fairest Award even though he was on a losing side.
"Kaylan was dangerous," Rampling said.
"Him and Josh steered us around very well."
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