BATHURST made sure Orange A had to work for an 18th consecutive Central West State League division one netball title yesterday.
Orange won their semi-final 70-49 over Dubbo A in the morning, while Bathurst A downed Orange B 44-36.
In the final, Orange A had a slender 24-22 lead over Bathurst A at half-time.
The experience of Orange A came to the fore in the second half and they scored a 58-39 victory.
Orange A coach Sophie Beer admitted her side didn’t get the start they wanted against Bathurst A.
“They were a bit shaky to start,” Beer said.
“After half-time they picked up. It was nice to be able to put Tegan [Dray] on and have those old combinations out there who have played together before.”
Some strong defence forced both teams into errors in the first quarter and it was 11-all at the break.
Orange was able to pull away in the second quarter with goal attack Erin Taylor leading by example, before Bathurst clawed back to 24-22.
Orange came out firing in the second half, scoring eight goals before Bathurst were able to get on the board.
Taylor grew in confidence in the shooter’s circle and Sheryll Selwood and Narelle Walsh were strong in the defence end for Orange.
Orange were up 39-30 going into the final quarter but Bathurst had the better start.
Orange settled and pulled away for the 19-goal win.
Bathurst coach Julie Campbell was impressed with the way her players pushed Orange.
“It was a really good game. They did so well. They matched them for half the game,” Campbell said.
Campbell praised her defence end of Sam Thompson and Brooke Palmer, as well as wing defence Jorja Muscio.
Beer said her entire team played well and she particularly liked the defence of Selwood and Walsh.
The win means Orange A has qualified for the Netball NSW Inter-Regional State League Championships.
They will go up against the other regional State League winners on September 21 and 22.
“We’re looking forward to going to Sydney and seeing where we sit in the state and see the standard of other regions in the state,” Beer said.
“Being the first year, we don’t know what will happen. We’ll still go with the goal to win and challenge the other regions. It will be a learning experience because we’re not sure what it will be like.”
Beer said the side wouldn’t train before the inter-region event as most of the girls in the Orange A team were still in the Orange Netball Association division one finals.
Third a good result for B side
ORANGE B exceeded coach Jacki Jasprizza’s expectations when they finished third in the Central West State League division one competition yesterday.
The Orange B side qualified for yesterday’s semi-finals when they finished the regular season second on the competition ladder.
It was a tough semi-final, with Orange B losing to Bathurst A 44-36 in the two versus three match.
This put Bathurst A into the grand final and Orange B had to play-off for third with Dubbo A.
Orange B showed what they’re capable of in coming from behind and downing Dubbo A 53-48 in the play-off.
Jasprizza said she was thrilled with her team’s results for the entire season.
“The girls exceeded my expectations. To finish the regular season in second was amazing,” Jasprizza said.
It was a tight final with the youthful Orange B up 17-15 after the first quarter.
Things remained close in the second period and by half-time the scores were locked at 26-all.
Dubbo lifted in the third quarter and were able to pull out to a 42-37 lead.
They stayed in front for much of the final period before Orange came home strong and held their nerve to score a five-goal victory.
“They just did the simple things right,” Jasprizza said.
“Everyone got a run on the court. Everyone contributed.”
In the semi-final earlier in the day, Jasprizza said a slow start against Bathurst A cost her team.
The coach said Orange were outstanding in the third quarter and reduced their 15-goal deficit to eight, but couldn’t come back enough in the final period to win.
“Bathurst outplayed us. They were the better team,” Jasprizza said.
“Full credit to my girls because they gave Bathurst a fair fright.”