Coach pondering future with Southland

21:30, Jan 13 2014

Southland sevens coach Elgan O'Donnell will give himself a couple of weeks to decide whether he will lead the charge with another shot at the national provincial tournament in Rotorua next year.

It was O'Donnell's second season coaching the Southland team and yesterday they returned home with a two-win, three-loss record from the tournament in Rotorua.

Southland lost to eventual finalists Wellington and Auckland in pool play on Saturday, which put them into the bottom half of the draw for the games on Sunday.

They beat Waikato first up on Sunday but were delivered a heart-breaking last-play loss to North Harbour in the bowl section semifinal.

While disappointed they didn't progress to the top half of tournament, O'Donnell felt that, with the team they pulled together, overall it was a pretty good effort.

"We actually got better as the tournament went on, which is good," he said.


"I thought we performed quite well. In fairness, the teams we were tipped up by went on to the cup final and the other won the bowl final."

O'Donnell said he would ponder a few things in the next few weeks to decide whether he would put his hand up to be involved again in the next campaign.

"I've just got to weigh it all up, given I'm based in Dunedin now. I'm just going to take some time out and we'll see what happens over the next few weeks."


The Southland Times