IN the last game of the Bathurst District Football Association’s regular season, the Orange Ex-Services women’s first grade side again proved why they are the team to beat in 2013.
They had nothing to gain when they took to the pitch last Sunday, having already cemented both the minor premiership and with it a second chance in the finals.
Ex-Services were five points clear of the second-placed Cowra Eagles, but they still didn’t hold back against fifth-placed Macquarie United.
They thumped them 7-nil and will now enter tomorrow’s major semi-final full of confidence.
“We still wanted to go out with high,” Ex-Services coach Richard Gathercole said.
“It was really good to see what we did at training and see it put onto the field.”
Gathercole is pleased with the way his players have performed all season and is confident that the form they are taking into finals will be enough to get them the premiership they are after.
Tomorrow will see Ex-Services take on the Cowra Eagles in the major semi-final, where the winner will go straight through to the grand final.
Ex-Services have played Cowra four times this year, recording two wins, a draw and the team’s only loss for the season.
Although Ex-Services have played consistently, Gathercole is wary not to underestimate his opponents and recognises that finals are a completely different ball game to the regular season.
“You don’t take teams for granted when it comes to the finals,” Gathercole said.
“Everything you’ve done in the regular season becomes null and void. When it comes to finals, you’re not playing for points, you’re playing for a spot in the [grand] final.
“I’d like to wish Cowra a good game on the weekend and hope we have a good match regardless of the result.”
Ex-Services will be in action when the major semi-final kicks off at 11am tomorrow.
In the minor semi-final CSU Bathurst and City Colts will battle it out at 3pm at Proctor Park.