IF it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
Ex-Services coach Mitch Kennewell was thrilled with his side’s come-from-behind 2-1 minor semi-final win over Bathurst Souths and has implored his outfit to maintain the rage when the Orange women’s Premier League Hockey outfit travels to Lithgow today.
Servies tackle Lithgow Panthers in the title race’s preliminary final.
The winner will go on to play Bathurst St Pat’s in the decider in a week’s time, after the Saints knocked off the minor premiers 2-1 in the major semi-final a week ago.
And Kennewell is confident his girls will be the team progressing today in Lithgow.
“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing,” Kennewell said.
“Fitness will be the biggest thing, but if we can keep up with some of their faster girls then we’ll be in it.
“That, and finishing strongly at the end of each half.”
It’ll be a tough game.
The only two fixtures the two have gone head-to-head in throughout 2013, Panthers have come out on top 3-nil each time.
In last week’s do-or-die encounter with an in-form Souths, goal keeper Cat Ironside pulled off a couple of cracking saves while her side was down 1-nil, while out front striker Haley Butcherine made the most of her side’s opportunities.
Kennewell was hopeful of more of the same in today’s preliminary final.
“Cat always pulls off good saves and Haley, if she can continue her form of the last two weeks, then she’ll continue to cause a few headaches in front of goal,” Kennewell said.
“The girls are really buzzing at the moment. There’s a good feel at the club and everyone wants to win, which is good.”
Orange Ex-Services tackle Lithgow Panthers in the women’s PLH preliminary final today from 1.30pm.
In the men’s PLH preliminary final, Parkes takes on Souths at Bathurst from 2pm.
Men’s PLH big guns Lithgow Panthers await the winner ahead of next week’s grand final.