After the 20-10 defeat at the hands of City origin, Country origin coach Craig Fitzgibbon turned his eyes to the end of an era.
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Speaking after the clash, the Country mentor touched on the farewell of a fantastic series, the former NRL-player turned representative leader admitted he would miss it all.
"There were mixed emotions," Fitzgibbon said.
"[There was] sadness around, you have one of the best footy weeks of our lives. We talked about it as a group, it's mixed emotions knowing that can't happen again and even the City staff, they were feeling the same way.
"You just have the best footy week of your life so you're disappointed at the end of it but going into the game, it's rep football, both teams had nine debutants tonight so to be able to provide an opportunity for nine players on each side to make their debut at a rep level and the standards went up there.
"That was a damn hard game for everyone involved so I would say it burns, it hurts, disappointing but proud. That was a good hard game and rep footy is all about those fine margins.”
Country commander and one of the shining points of the match for the outfit Mitch Aubusson praised the local community in Mudgee and how they embraced the concept and the squad.
"Seeing the way Mudgee embraced us during the week was really good and seeing all the shop fronts all decorated really gave our guys a kick and running out for warm up," he said.
"It was real electrifying for us and gave us a good kick. I couldn't thank the Mudgee people enough for coming out and turning up."
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