THEY’RE undefeated in two seasons.
They’ve won 28 consecutive games.
They’re the defending champions.
None of that will mean anything when Orange City lines up against Parkes in the Blowes Clothing Cup first grade grand final tomorrow.
“It’s down to the game that matters,” Orange City co-coach Mick Gray said.
“Everyone is pretty focused. They know what they’ve got to do. They know the importance of the game.”
The Lions have set the standard for the second season in a row.
This year they’ve won all 16 regular season matches and then booked the first spot in the grand final with a comprehensive 45-12 major semi-final win over Parkes.
“This year everyone has been waiting for us to lose that first game,” Gray said.
“Every team wants to be the first team to beat us. Parkes will be the same.”
The Orange City players and coaching staff say Parkes have provided them with their biggest challenge this season.
In fact, Parkes nearly became the first team to topple the Lions this season in round nine, where Orange City had to come from behind to win 24-21.
Gray knows tomorrow’s decider will be just as tough if not tougher.
Rather than talk about what Parkes will throw at them, the Orange City boys have focused on themselves.
“We’re just making sure we’re right and out game plan is bedded down,” he explained.
“Our whole season has been about getting our game right. Good defence and good discipline is what’s carried us this far.”
When the two sides met in round 10, the Lions enjoyed a 26-15 victory.
The Lions will have no shortage of motivation for tomorrow’s big game.
There’s always plenty when it’s a grand final, but the Lions can add to that the goal to win in the club’s 40th year.
“They’ll be up for it,” Gray said.
Orange City will field an unchanged line-up from the one which celebrated the major semi-final win over Parkes.
Tomorrow’s first grade grand final at Pride Park will kick-off at 3.15pm.
n ORANGE CITY: 1 Nathan Short, 2 Josh Tremain, 3 Harry Collins, 4 Mitch Pearce, 5 Chris Barrett, 6 Keith Andrews, 7 Duncan Young, 8 Gus Brotherton, 9 Nick Quinn, 10 Michael Sparks (c), 11 Sam Powell, 12 Mesui Lemoto, 13 Sam Coote, 14 Sione “Junior” Lafo’ou, 15 Sam Dwyer.