2014 Blowes Clothing Cup season overview

CAN anyone stop Orange City?

The 2012 and 2013 undefeated premiers have dominated the Blowes Clothing Cup for the last two seasons in a manner unseen for decades.

There is no doubt the Lions will eventually get beaten.

However, two prudent questions emerge: when?, and by whom?

The Lions have destroyed every opponent at one stage or another over the past two seasons.

Cross-town rivals Emus are the only team to have taken anything but loss points from Orange City, and they could only manage a three-all draw midway through 2012.

Of course, with any new season comes evolution.

The Lions head into 2014 with, seemingly, the weakest team to don the orange and green since 2011 and face a blockbuster grand final rematch against the Parkes Boars in round one, in Parkes.

The Boars have been consistent grand finalists over the past four seasons, and will look to continue the trend.

The Kangaroos are once again Dubbo's sole competitor, as the Rhinos remain in the GrainCorp Cup.

The 'Roos are expected to boast significant attacking power, as are the Cowra Eagles.

After what can only be described as a massive 'choke' in the preliminary final against Parkes last season, the Eagles will be out to redeem themselves.

With speed to burn in the backline and a physical pack, expect Cowra to be there or thereabouts come September.

Despite a lull in performance over recent seasons, Narromine can never be discounted.

Emus will once again be out to fulfill their potential in their second season under former Australian Sevens manager Andrew Logan.

Can the greens bring the Blowes Clothing Cup to the nest after a wooden spoon in 2013?

Mudgee return to the top flight in 2014, and the Wombats are not expected to disgrace themselves.

The Wombats will be seriously hard to beat at home.

Jubilee Oval, more affectionately known as The Burrow, was previously a fortress and Mudgee will look to return it to its former glory.

Bathurst Bulldogs have some old faces returning, and can be expected to do well, while Forbes and CSU Bathurst are always unpredictable.

The students lost several key players and will rely on a heavy influx of first year students to be competitive.

The season kicks off on April 5, with the 2014 champions crowned on September 13.

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