IN case you haven’t noticed, Orange has been a sporting hot spot this year.
For the first time since 1999, the Central West AFL, the Blowes Clothing Cup and the Group 10 premierships all found a home in Orange this year.
Add to that, Orange took out an 18th consecutive Central West State League netball crown.
It has made for an exciting few months for us at the Central Western Daily sports desk.
We’ve loved watching Orange’s teams thrive across multiple sports. I congratulate all teams on their successes and hope to see more of it in 2014.
Sadly, there is no Mad Monday for the team at the CWD sports desk.
Instead, we are gearing up for the summer season and hope to be able to cover more success for Orange teams.
GRAND finals can bring out the best in people.
How you handle winning and losing says a lot about you.
I take my hat off to CSU Bathurst captain Sam Robertson who was gracious in defeat after Saturday’s Blowes Clothing Cup colts grand final.
The students suffered a heartbreaking loss to Orange City, but Robertson spoke well at the presentation and to me later.
He couldn’t say enough about his players, but also took the time to congratulate their opponents.
There were others players from Dubbo, older players who you expect more from, later in the day who could learn a lot from Robertson and the way he handled himself.
Robertson, you impressed me on and off the field. Your supporters were annoyingly loud, but you are a credit to CSU Bathurst.
I DON’T think I’ve been as envious of anyone as I am of Charlotte Jasprizza after watching her play in Saturday’s Orange Netball Association division one grand final.
This young girl plays a fantastic game of netball and it’s no surprise she has a hectic representative calendar.
She is fast, she is agile, her elevation is astonishing, and her passing is spot on.
Somehow, in what can be a fast-paced sport, she is graceful.
To top it all off, she’s a lovely kid.
If she bragged about her achievements you could forgive her because she’s that talented. But she doesn’t need to. What she does on the court speaks volumes.
If you commend her on her performance, she smiles and thanks you, and usually blushes.
And even though her team lost the grand final, she was still smiling because she’d just played in her first top division decider in Orange.
I wish I had just half her skills.