Dowling unsure of coaching future

DARREN FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Jeff Dowling certainly didn't like what he saw last night.

But the Calgary Roughnecks interim head coach, who watched his club lose 13-9 to the Arizona Sting in the West Division semifinal at the Saddledome, likes the future outlook for the local NLL club.

Dowling was hired on a interim basis by Riggers general manager Kurt Silcott after the club released Chris Hall Feb. 23.

While Dowling wouldn't say whether talks have already begun to make him the permanent bench boss, he did say he wouldn't mind another shot.

"My gut tells me that I would like to be back," said Dowling, who went 4-4 behind the bench including last night's playoff loss.

"It's still a big maybe, though. I have talk to my wife and Kurt and see where we can go from there. The guys are going to play at the worlds in a couple of weeks and then I'm sure after that we start talking about next season."

Dowling, an Ontario native, found plenty of fault with every facet of his team's performance last night but thinks all the tools are there to win another championship.

Dowling was an assistant when the Roughnecks won the Champion's Cup in 2004 by beating the Buffalo Bandits 14-11 at the 'Dome.

"This is a good group of guys," he said. "I definitely believe there's enough good players in that dressing room to win in the future.

"This is a championship calibre team for sure."

EMPTY SEATS

The Roughnecks said all season long they wanted to get a home playoff game this season.

Their wish was granted with some great play down the stretch and a second-place finish in the West Division.

However, for last night's West semifinal game against the Arizona Sting, the Saddledome hosted the lowest turnout for a game of the season the fewest number of fans (10,057).

According to Roughneck officials, the ticket price for club seats at the 'Dome for the playoff game were increased almost 100%.


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