ADRIAN Pavese admits he’ll enter today’s final round showdown against Wangaratta with mixed feelings.
The Roos’ first-year mentor will pull the pin on his short stint as coach after today’s clash and said while he was excited about the opportunities that lay ahead with AFL NSW, he would leave John Foord Oval with a hint of sadness.
“It was actually pretty tough at training on Thursday,” Pavese said.
“I know I’ve only been here 12 months but you put your heart and soul into it and come 5pm Saturday afternoon that’s it.”
The Roos have won their past two games and Pavese said he would depart proud of their effort, regardless of today’s result.
“I’m proud of the fact they’ve kept going all year,” he said.
“It would have been pretty easy for them to roll over and say it’s too hard. But they’ve kept coming.”
Pavese, who has taken a community and development role with the AFL, will be back and forward from Canberra until the end of the Ovens and Murray finals series.
In-form utility Cade Mills plays his 200th game for the Roos today.