Bulls' coach keen to help club avenge final defeat
IPSWICH City Bulls' head coach Nev O'Sullivan is keen to return next season after watching his team challenge for weekend grand final glory.
Although disappointed the Bulls lost 4-2 to The Gap, O'Sullivan was encouraged by the progress of his team in his second season back with the club.
"It's unfinished business,'' O'Sullivan said about wanting to coach the Bulls in next season's Capital League 2 competition.
"It's a 24/7 job and I really enjoy getting involved with the guys and helping them out a little bit.''
O'Sullivan was confident he would have a similar team next season.
"They're young. They have plenty of years left in them,'' he said.
"I'm proud of the boys, proud of how far they got, especially after last year. We got bashed from pillar to post.
"We had a slow start this year, but we just built momentum. We just failed at the final hurdle.''
O'Sullivan thought his team was on target for grand final success after early goals by Liam Mercer and a diving header by captain Shaun Kitching.
The game was level 2-2 after a dramatic first 10 minutes before The Gap lifted their physical intensity in the second half.
"We just run out of ideas. They were just too strong,'' O'Sullivan said.
"We probably played our grand final the week before.''
In that game, the fourth-placed Bulls eliminated premiers Annerley from finals contention.
The Bulls can reflect on their season at the club's Old Boys race day at the Ipswich Turf Club on Friday before next month's presentation dinner.
Capital League 2 grand final: The Gap 4 (J. Nilsen 2, S. Greene, C. Molloy) d Ipswich City 2 (Liam Mercer, Shaun Kitching).