IF ever there was a time to be a sports journalist in Orange, it is now.
Orange is in a sporting purple patch.
People talk about teams being in different parts of their cycles.
At the moment, many of Orange’s teams are at the top of theirs.
This coming weekend alone is a sporting smorgasbord for our fair city.
Orange will be represented in two AFL grand finals, three rugby league semi-finals, two rugby union semi-finals and one hockey semi-final.
And that’s not even taking into account junior sides.
Plus, in two of those league semi-finals, bitter rivals Orange Hawks and Orange CYMS will be clashing.
What more could you want?
How about Orange hosting the Blowes Clothing Cup rugby union major semi-finals the following weekend?
And both Orange’s netball teams playing in the Central West State League semi-finals (and let’s be honest, quite possibly squaring off in the grand final)?
Plus, Orange Emus will host the Central West Junior Rugby Union grand finals on August 31.
I’ve had winters where I’ve been twiddling my thumbs during finals time.
This year that won’t be a problem.
When sports journalists prepare for finals, it’s like a team getting ready.
All the cliches are relevant.
We have to take one game at a time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves.
The problem is, we’re always thinking about the possibilities because they’re so exciting.
We know the Group 10 grand final will be in Orange this year. How can we not be excited?
When Hawks and CYMS clash this Sunday, it will be the first time in over 50 years they have met in a Group 10 premier league major semi-final.
We will be witnessing history.
On Saturday Orange Tigers will take on Bathurst in the Central West AFL first grade grand final.
The Tigers haven’t lined up in the first grade decider since they won the flag in 2002.
For a sports fan, this is the time of year we look forward to.
Hopefully I’ll see you on the sidelines.