ORANGE Tigers under 18s coach Tim Barry is giving his Tiger cubs “every chance” of coming away with a Central West AFL premiership flag today in Bathurst.
The Tigers will kick-off grand final day at George Park with an under 18s showdown against Bathurst from 11am.
Having won two of the three meetings in 2013 - 7.13 (55) to 5.8 (38) in round two and again in round eight 9.9 (63) to 7.12 (54) - Barry was confident his side had built enough throughout the regular season to be in with a shot of a title.
“We’re giving ourselves every chance. We’ve gone from strength to strength each week,” Barry said.
“Bathurst will be saying the same thing but with the way our players have grown I’m confident of a good performance against Bathurst.
“Everyone is an important piece of the puzzle.”
Orange has come from third to make this year’s decider.
In week one of the semi-finals, the Tigers beat Dubbo by 32 points before booking a grand final berth in beating minor premiers Young in last week’s preliminary final by 58 points.
Barry was backing skipper Andrew Ryan to lead the charge in the grand final against the Bushies.
“He was the joint winner of the competition’s best and fairest award and last week I think he showed why he received that award,” he said.
“He’s been outstanding, as had Chris Rothnie across halfback. He is the kind of player who likes to move forward and kick a goal, but over the last few weeks his direction for us out of halfback has been crucial for the side.”
Orange tackles Bathurst from 11am today at George Park.