THEY’RE riding high following the 14-10 major semi-final victory over Panthers two weeks ago, but Orange CYMS league tag star Mandy Moore is confident the Bathurst club will be “fired up” for tomorrow’s decider.
The two clubs have been easily the best league tag outfits in Group 10 this season.
They shared the points in the first clash of 2013 at Carrington Park 18-all before Panthers got the upper-hand in a 26-18 win at Wade Park in round 16.
Two weeks ago, however, CYMS won the only game that’s counted for anything so far this season, coming from behind twice to snatch a 14-10 victory and the first place in the league tag grand final.
In a bid to replicate the triumph, CYMS have spent the majority of the week leading into tomorrow’s grand final in typical league fashion - bonding.
“The week has been really good,” Moore said.
“We’ve gotten together a few times, had training twice, we’ll have dinner [Friday] night. We’re sticking together and hopefully that’ll help us in the grand final.”
Moore said the win over Panthers a fortnight ago gave CYMS the belief they needed to succeed.
“We’ve taken plenty of confidence out of that,” she said, with the Bathurst club unbeaten until the major semi-final.
“We went up and saw them play St Pat’s last week and we could tell they weren’t too happy about losing [to CYMS].
“They’ll be fired up.”
“We need to get the up in your face defence going to stop them,” Moore said.
“If they get through us they’re hard to catch.”
Kick-off for the league tag grand final is at 9.45am tomorrow morning.
ORANGE CYMS: 1 Holly Gibson, 2 Abbie Ranse, 3 Olivia Patterson, 4 Kate Foran, 5 Sarah Archer, 6 Nikki D’Aquino, 7 Tori Moore, 8 Nicole Williamson, 9 Mandy Moore, 10 Tracee Honeyman, 11 Taylah Woodhouse, 12Nat Whiting, 13 Taylah Hall, 14 Naomi Stanley, 15 Bridie McClure, 16 Mel O’Hara, 17 Fiona Geddes, 19 Kaylah Webb, 20 Ellie McDonald, 21 Tiarne Parkes.
BATHURST PANTHERS: 2 Clare Woolmington, 3 Stacy Elvy, 4 Jess Hotham, 5 Amy Hotham, 6 Monique Christie-Johnson, 7 Tiama Latu, 8 Yasmin Radburn, 9 Danielle Kirkland, 10 Brook Wardle, 11 Sarah Walsh, 13 Harriet Messner, 14 Paige Salas, 16 Lauren Hillman, 17 Gabrielle Bugg.