ORANGE CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan said his side was solely focused on meeting Lithgow in Sunday’s Group 10 preliminary final.
The two sides will meet at Wade Park, with the winner earning a place in the grand final against minor premiers Orange Hawks.
“They’ll be ready to come at us,” Sullivan said of Lithgow.
Sullivan’s men were edged out for the first grand final spot on Sunday when they lost 12-11 to Hawks on the siren.
A Sullivan field goal put CYMS in front 11-10 with five minutes to go in a thrilling local derby semi-final at Wade Park.
However, Hawks were awarded a penalty just over a minute before the final siren and centre Brock McGarity successfully booted the 45-metre kick to steal the win.
Sullivan said his side would learn from the loss but they wouldn’t obsess over it.
“We had good quality defence which showed in only the 12 points,” Sullivan said.
“I was happy with how many times we broke the line but not happy with how many times we finished off.
“What happened happened. We’ve got to look forward now and get ready to play Lithgow.”
The half-back joked CYMS and Lithgow would be “sick of the sight of each other” after playing in the previous two games before the major semi-final.
CYMS will have a psychological advantage this Sunday after beating Lithgow 18-8 in the final regular season round at Wade Park, before backing up the following week to beat Workies again 20-12 in Lithgow in the qualifying semi-final.
Sullivan said the loss to Hawks hadn’t dampened his team’s drive to play and win in the grand final.
“We want to get a win against Lithgow, play Hawks in the grand final and hopefully get the win against them that has eluded us so far this season,” he said.
“We’re still in with a shot. We’re still shooting for the flag. It’s still within our grasp.”
Lithgow downed Oberon 34-18 in Saturday’s minor semi-final after the Workies had a disrupted preparation.
Following incidents in Lithgow’s qualifying semi-final loss to CYMS, Workies captain Jono Van Veen was given a 16-month ban and teammate Corey Willmott was suspended for five weeks.
Sullivan said there were still plenty of quality players in the Lithgow side who would make sure Sunday’s grand final qualifier would be tough.