EXPERIENCE has been key for Orange City’s second grade side this Blowes Clothing Cup season.
City has already claimed the minor premiership and tomorrow takes on CSU Bathurst in the major semi-final.
Lions player and co-coach Brad Cleal said almost all his players have enjoyed some time in the top grade this season.
“Having first grade so strong just boosts the rest of the club,” Cleal said.
“There’s probably only two or three who haven’t played first grade at all this year.”
Cleal said he expected to meet CSU in tomorrow’s major semi-final.
The students finished third on the competition ladder before downing the Bathurst Bulldogs 30-10 in last week’s qualifying final.
The Lions have played and beaten CSU twice this season but they weren’t easy games.
City came out on top 15-12 in round three, and 27-15 in round 16.
“I think in our first game we kicked a penalty goal on full-time to win,” Cleal explained.
“The in the second game we went try-for-try and maybe we pulled away in the final minutes.”
The Lions are second grade’s defending premiers and Cleal said sitting out last week’s opening round of semi-finals was great for his side.
Saturday’s game at Pride Park will kick-off at 1.30pm.
ORANGE CITY: 1 Darcy Garlick, 2 Dom Westgeest, 3 John Colgan, 4 Josh Maley, 5 Ben Hockey, 6 Chris Senior, 7 Nathan Wilcox, 8 John Brennan, 9 Anthony Kent, 10 Brad Cleal, 11 Baden Curran, 12 Tom Sheridan, 13 Nathan Zinga, 14 Barton Young, 15 Jackson Coote. Bench: 16 Nick Foliaki, 17 Adam Grant, 18 Adam Harrison, 19 Tatafu Naaniumotu.