THERE’S no lovers’ tiff, yet, but when Orange Hawks take on Orange CYMS at Wade Park tomorrow for the right to be crowned 2013 Group 10 premiers, don’t expect Tori Moore to be all too happy should her boyfriend’s team win.
“I’ll be cheering him on,” Moore said referring to her other half of the last four-and-a-half years, Hawks hooker Sandon Gibbs-O’Neill.
She then added with a cheeky grin.
“Not the team but. He can be the best on field, he’s just not allowed to win.”
Moore will also play in a grand final at Wade Park.
And that’s where things get interesting.
The 20-year-old will line-up for Orange CYMS in the ladies’ league tag decider against Bathurst Panthers, with Moore helping the green and golds qualify for the big day thanks to a 14-10 win over Panthers a fortnight ago.
Green and gold through and through, you can now understand why Moore’s allegiances are somewhat split come kick-off for the big game at 2.30pm.
Having listened to Moore have a pretty decent time in hammering his Hawks, Gibbs-O’Neill, clearly the more diplomatic of the two, had this to offer.
“It should be a good day for us both,” the 21-year-old said.
“We’re proud of each other. It’s a big day for everyone. She’s playing in her first league tag grand final and I’m playing in my first first grade grand final. It’s a massive day for the both of us.
“I’ll be cheering her on in the first one and she’ll be cheering me on in the second one ... hopefully.”
There hasn’t been a lot of cheering this season simply because both Moore and Gibbs-O’Neill have spent the better part of every Sunday this winter in opposite corners of Group 10.
They’ll relish the chance to see each other in action on grand final day.
Although in some doubt with a foot injury, Moore was quietly confident CYMS will kick the day off with a win in the league tag.
“Hopefully we win. We’ve had a draw with Panthers, they beat us and we beat them. It comes down to this game. They’re faster than us but hopefully we can come over the top. They’re a bit sooky,” she laughed.
Gibbs-O’Neill, on the other hand, was a little nervous.
“I’ve run it through my head 1000 times, how it’s going to pan out. I’m confident, but it’ll come down to who wants it more,” he said.
Gibbs-O’Neill will be at Wade Park to cheer on Moore and the CYMS girls from 9.45am tomorrow morning.