Mortimer’s Bears return up in the air after tough campaign in maroon and white

TOUGH TIMES: Blayney coach Tim Mortimer, pictured after tackling CYMS' young half Josh Board, says he hopes the club can continue to improve in Group 10. Photo: NICK McGRATH
TOUGH TIMES: Blayney coach Tim Mortimer, pictured after tackling CYMS' young half Josh Board, says he hopes the club can continue to improve in Group 10. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Blayney Bears captain-coach Tim Mortimer has left the door open to again mentor the club’s premier league side next season, although he admits a tough 2018 campaign has taken a toll.

Heading into Sunday’s final clash against Panthers at Carrington Park, Blayney's won just two games – both against Lithgow Workies - this winter, which is an improvement on the one draw and 15 losses in 2017.

But, personally, with a growing family and a lack of commitment at training, Mortimer admits the 2018 season has been a tough one.

The Blayney club began advertising for a new coaches in all grades late last month and Mortimer said he was still mulling over whether or not he’d be one of the applicants.

“We’ll see what happens,” Mortimer said.

“My lifestyle has changed now with a couple of kids and it hasn’t been easy, personally, leaving the kids at home.

“In saying that, I do love the club. We’ll see what happens.

“I want to get through the last game and enjoy that and definitely try and set the club up for a few good years in the future.”

Sunday’s 64-4 loss to CYMS is probably a good indication of the gap the Bears are striving to bridge.

While the premiers were without a few quality players, strong depth allowed Mick Sullivan’s men to continue their charge towards another title.

The Bears’ lack of depth has been an issue all year.

Mortimer was hopeful Blayney would again return to the competitive side it was as late as 2015 when the club finished fourth on the ladder and hosted a minor semi-final.

Blayney takes on Panthers at Bathurst on Sunday, wins for the club’s under 18s and league tag girls will secure the maroon and whites two sides in the Group 10 finals series.

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