IN an otherwise dour 2013 men’s Premier League Hockey campaign to date, Clint Evans is hoping today is the day his side shines a little light on just what the Orange Wanderers are capable of.
Two consecutive wins to open the season has been followed by 12 straight defeats and when Wanderers run out at the Orange Hockey Complex today against Bathurst Souths, Evans is hoping the final regular season fixture of 2013 nets a much needed victory.
“There’s no reason why we can’t beat Souths,” the Wanderers skipper said.
“It’s be good to be able to come away from this game with a win, just to finish the season on a positive note.”
Set to miss the finals, Evans said it was hard to pin Wanderers downfall in 2013 on one thing.
But certainly injury hasn’t helped.
“We’ve been missing a fair bit of our strikepower up front this year,” he said.
“Not having guys like Keegan (Brooke) and Sharpie (Nick Sharpe) has hurt us, but in saying that the defence has been pus at different stages this season.”
Minus a few experienced players, coaches Andrew Reddan and Dave Watson have been forced to blood some young talent.
It’s a move Evans believes will pay dividends in the long run.
“Definitely. The young guys in the team have been great,” he added.
“Adam Skelton, Mac, Tommy Reddan, they’ve all got a taste now and I suppose if we weren’t short for a few weeks they wouldn’t have been given a start.”
Orange Wanderers take on Bathurst Souths in the final round of the men’s PLH competition today from 1.10pm.
WANDERERS: Troy Kelly, Alex Said, Zac Royle, Clint Evans, Daryl Kennewell, Hayden Dillon, Mick Dillon, Adam Hurford, Luke Skelton, Adam Skelton, Lyndon Jones, Leigh Wignall, Keegan Brooke, Alister Murray, Caiden Reddan, Michael Sturt