Outgoing Doveton coach Michael Cardamone believes he “left nothing within the tank” and stays assured he walks out a greater coach than when he walked in.
After winning the first final two weeks ago, a depleted Doveton misplaced the second semi to East Brighton and preliminary closing to Murrumbeena to fall out of the Division 2 season.
Cardamone was axed in August – because the membership sought a special route for 2024 – however noticed out the rest of the season.
He steered the Doves for 38 video games, shedding simply 11.
“It’s solely been 24 hours however you mirror on the 2 years you had with the group and I can actually say I left nothing within the tank, I’ve given the whole lot I may,” Caradmone stated.
“Sadly, on the finish of the day, accidents most likely acquired us at flawed phases of the 12 months, if you happen to’ve acquired a wholesome checklist it makes a distinction.
“We had been all the way down to no rotations at half time, we misplaced (Jake) Basa within the heat up, Dyl Bayley did a collarbone that couldn’t return in, Chappy (Dylan Chapman) did a hammy.
“It was like I broke a mirror on the best way to the bottom however, to our credit score, we had been up at half time and put a number of issues in place.
“I stated to the boys after the sport: ‘we threw the whole lot at ‘em, it simply wasn’t out 12 months, no floor and we had been nonetheless in a position to play in a prelim closing’.”
Cardamone completed his season as a participant in spherical 6, teaching the remainder of 2023 from the sidelines.
He felt it took his teaching to “one other degree”.
“You see the sport so much higher being on the sidelines, as a participant you must coach the boys however you must get a kick your self,” he stated.
“That may be difficult at instances when the supply isn’t coming in in addition to it was the 12 months earlier than.
“I believe as soon as I used to be on the sidelines, I took my teaching to a different degree.
“I believe that was pleasing that I acquired to attain a little bit of each, enjoying coach within the first 12 months and only a coach within the second.
“I’ve performed loads of footy for a very long time, that is the primary time I acquired to hold up the boots for the 12 months and acquired to dip my toe within the water being a full time coach.”
As he seems for his subsequent alternative at senior degree, Cardamone is of little question he’s a greater coach now than when he began at Doveton in 2022.
“Completely,” he stated.
“I got here to Doveton with loads of years as a enjoying assistant, one 12 months as a full-time coach, however to have two years there and achieved what I did – there was a number of hiccups – however you study so much.
“I positively stroll out of the place studying so much and a greater coach.
“Whoever does take over, I believe I’ve left the membership in good palms and I want all of them the very best and the membership all the very best sooner or later.”
Initially revealed as SFNL: Michael Cardamone speaks on his exit from Doveton