The Kempsey Cannonballs reserve grade bowed out of the finals race last Saturday with a 50-15 defeat at the hands of the Coffs Harbour Snappers.
Reserve grade coach Matt Scott was disappointed with his side's start to the contest.
"We just didn't come out of the blocks well," Scott said.
"We didn't show the same urgency and grit from the previous week. It was really disappointing to finish the year like that. The Snappers wanted it more than us."
Scott said the side had no commitment in defence and when a player was shown a red card early in the second half, their chances of a comeback were dashed.
"We fell off tackles all day and didn't have much of the ball," he said.
"We had a player receive a red card, which didn't help us."
While it draws the curtains on the end of a difficult season for the Cannonballs' senior grades, Scott has declared the club has high hopes for 2020.
"I have told the boys we will be looking to chase premierships in both grades next year and we need to be there from the start of the pre-season if we want to do that," Scott said.
"We had a number of new players to the club this year and I am hoping they stick around for next year.
"It is our 45th year as a club, so we will be aiming to host the grand final next year."
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