IT takes a confident coach to predict his side will be up by a couple of goals 30 minutes into a grand final, but Orange Ex-Services All Age women’s side mentor Richard Gathercole has done just that.
With good reason, mind you.
“We’re reasonably confident, as confident as you can be being in a grand final,” Gathercole begins, with his team taking on Cowra in the Bathurst District Women’s All Age A grade decider today at Proctor Park.
“I mean, it’s still a 50-50 ball game. I’ve got all faith in my girls. With our strongest team hitting the paddock we should, hopefully, be a couple of goals up after the first half hour.
“It’d take the stress off me for a change.”
Goals haven’t been in short supply for Gathercole’s team in 2013.
Up front, strikers Elise Garlick and Somma Allcorn have run amok throughout the course of the season to inspire their side to a season tally well over 100 goals.
“Between them they’ve scored 60-odd goals this year,” Gathercole enthused.
“We’ve scored 110 or something for the season.”
At 5pm today the Orange Ex-Services girls need one more goal-scoring blitz to get over a Cowra side that has been the only team to trouble the minor premiers this year.
In five games against Cowra, Orange has won three, lost one and recorded a draw in the other.
Their latest meeting, the major semi-final two weeks ago, Orange won 4-nil.
Throughout the course of the season, captain Kelly Millsteed has led the team through the midfield, while the side’s defence has been “awesome” when called upon.
Gathercole said to win this grand final would be extra special for his side.
“This is our third grand final in a row, we’ve lost two. They say you’ve got to lose one to win one, we’ve lost two so surely one would be due,” he said.
“We didn’t expect to be going as well as we are,”
“But once we got into training and won the challenge cup earlier, we changed our mind and thought we were a chance of making it.”
This year’s grand final against Cowra will kick-off at 5pm today at Bathurst’s Proctor Park.