ORANGE CYMS have played in the last three Group 10 premier league grand finals and won two of them.
So when it comes to finals experience, CYMS have it in spades.
But captain-coach Mick Sullivan said finals experience isn’t the key to winning Sunday’s major semi-final against Orange Hawks.
“I think it’s more about confidence than finals experience,” Sullivan explained.
“They’ve got their fair share of finals experience too.”
CYMS have enjoyed back-to-back wins over defending champions Lithgow in the last two weeks.
“The last couple of weeks for us has been the best for us for confidence,” Sullivan said.
“We’ve just got to stay up for the game. We’ve been on a roll and we need to keep going for a few more games. We can’t afford to drop the ball now.”
CYMS certainly are on a roll - they have won their last nine games.
There is plenty riding on Sunday’s semi-final.
The most important is the first place in the grand final and the right for your club to be hosts.
Sunday’s game is special in itself.
CYMS and Hawks have never met in a Group 10 major semi-final since records were kept from 1960.
They’ve clashed in minor semi-finals, but they’ve never been in the position to know the grand final would be held in Orange regardless of the result.
“It’s got to be approached like a grand final. It’s a rare game,” Sullivan said of Sunday’s clash.
“It’s hard not to get excited, but it’s my job to keep a little bit of a lid on that. We’ve got some young guys in the team who are obviously excited.”
The CYMS captain-coach also knows how important it is to start well.
Lithgow had the better start last week in the qualifying semi-final and were up 12-0 early in the game.
“Lucky enough for us we were good enough to turn it around,” he said of the 20-12 victory.
“Ideally you don’t want to get more than six or eight points behind in a final.”
Sunday’s major semi-finals in all four grades will be played at Wade Park.
The historic premier league derby is scheduled to start at 2.10pm.