ORANGE A is making a bee-line for an 18th straight Central West Regional State League title after finishing yesterday’s final round of the competition undefeated.
Orange A completed wins over Parkes 74-51 and Dubbo A 71-30 before Forbes forfeited their final-round clash, gifting the defending champions first place on the ladder.
Impressively, Orange B also completed a solid day at Anzac Park to finish second.
Jacki Jasprizza’s girls defeated Dubbo B 62-21, Forbes 51-25 and then Parkes in a tight one 47-37 to complete the Orange Netball Association’s second straight one-two finish in the State League competition.
The only match Orange B has lost is to Orange A.
Jasprizza, speaking after her side’s win over Forbes, said just how far her Orange B side goes in this year’s semi-finals - Bathurst A and Dubbo A are the other two sides to qualify - depends on how well her girls do the simple things.
“Some times we have brain snaps, I think it’s that maturity thing,” Jasprizza said.
“Sometimes we just start lobbing the ball.
“It’s just doing the simple things well.”
Against Forbes, Orange B was made to work and at the first change it was the hosts leading 11-7.
Forbes started the second quarter the better of the two sides, netting the term’s first three goals before Orange B shooters Bridie McClure and Katie Eslick found their range to hit the next nine goals, finishing the half up 22-13.
A similarly dominant third quarter took the Orange B lead out to a 38-17 advantage before Forbes dug deep in the final period to eventually go down by 26 goals.
Orange B’s new players Ash Bruton and Chloe Riley provided plenty of spark for Jasprizza.
“It was all a bit ‘higgledy-piggledy’ at the start but we’re starting to get our mojo back,” she said before heaping praise on the rest of the competition.
“The final score didn’t reflect what type of game it was. It’s a pretty tough competition.”