WODONGA Raiders coach Ken Stevenson says he was buoyed rather than dismayed when news filtered through that Corowa-Rutherglen had upset North Albury on the weekend.
Although the Roos’ 13-point win sent the Raiders tumbling to the bottom of the ladder and into a virtual wooden spoon play-off at Birallee Park on Saturday, Stevenson believes it is a sign no club can be taken lightly.
“As soon as I heard Corowa had won I was rapt,” Stevenson said.
“I wasn’t even thinking about the battle for the wooden spoon.
“Obviously we have both endured tough seasons but I thought it was a just reward for them for not giving up and still fighting out the season.
“Honestly I don’t feel it matters a great deal who wins on the weekend.
“If we lose we will probably finish two points below them on the ladder and I can’t see what difference that makes.
“To me it’s irrelevant.
“What’s relevant is we want to try and win another game of football and that’s all I care about.”
Stevenson said even if the Raiders finished with the dreaded wooden spoon it would have minimal effect on the club’s ability to recruit for next season.
“Players are smart enough to realise these days what a club is trying to achieve,” he said.
“North Albury is a good example of that. They finished with the wooden spoon last year but have been able to turn it around quite quickly and will play finals this year.”