"COVID for us came at a really bad time."
Noradjuha-Quantong coach Gareth Hose echoes the thoughts of many in football, but for his group it really rings true.
In 2019, the Bombers progressed to their first ever Horsham District league grand final.
The fairytale wasn't to be but it was a sign of a club on the rise.
"We had a really good off-season leading into (2020). It was probably the best off-season we've had since I've been coach out there," Hose said.
"We recruited well too. So, not playing last year was a little bit disappointing.
You wouldn't knock a club for living off the hype of a grand final run.
Though, Hose was taking a different approach.
"We've really just started fresh now. Even our playing list is slightly different," he said.
"Obviously there were a lot of guys who were involved in that grand final so they're still hungry to get back up to the top of the ladder. That drive is still there from the group.
"But we don't really reflect too much on 2019. We're just working together with the new group."
Hose was confident the grand final experience would motivate the group.
"There was an incredibly positive impact for our guys to not only have the experience of playing in a first grand final but understanding that we were good enough to get ourselves there. It's definitely given our group a lot of confidence to know what's possible."
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