WHAT’S in a grand final appearance?
For a handful of lucky few players in Group 10 circles, junior years in the sport can be flooded with premierships, at the very least grand final after grand final and to an extent, the success breeds complacency.
Winning is the norm.
Preparing for tomorrow’s preliminary final against Bathurst Panthers at Wade Park, Orange Hawks’ under 18s side isn’t one of those sides used to the fanfare of finals football.
And it’s what makes their feats in 2013 even more special.
“It’d be good for the club and the boys,” two blues co-coach Jared Brodrick said when asked what it would mean for his group of juniors to make it through to this year’s decider, all in their last year of footy as a group.
“They’ve played together right through juniors and only a handful of them have ever played semi-finals before.
“It’d mean so much for the boys and their parents. The club is right behind them.”
Hawks progressed through to week three of the Group 10 finals thanks to an impressive come-from-behind 34-24 win over Orange CYMS.
At one stage, the two blues were down 24-4.
Brodrick knows his side can’t afford a similar start against minor premiers Panthers, a team looking to prove a point after losing 26-22 to Cowra last weekend.
“The boys just have to turn up,” Brodrick said.
“Get stuck into them early and start the game the way we finished it against CYMS.”
Tomorrow’s under 18s preliminary final begins at 11.45pm.
ORANGE HAWKS: 1 James Carr, 2 Mick Cooper, 3 Jayden Gibbs-O’Neill, 4 Liam Brodrick, 5 Mitch Maker, 6 Keegan Harding, 7 Tony Pellow, 8 Cameron Wensley, 9 Jake Blimka, 10 Max Wolfson, 11 Travis Bubb, 12 Jack Ryan, 13 Jarrod Kennedy