2014 Blowes Clothing Cup season preview: Orange City Lions

AFTER securing the 2012 Blowes Clothing Cup without suffering a loss, most expected the Lions' golden run to finish in 2013.

Needless to say, it didn't.

Orange City completed a second consecutive undefeated premiership last season, changing people's train of thought from 'when will they be beaten?' to 'can they be beaten?'.

Lions co-coach Mick Gray said his troops aren't worried about other teams baying for Lion blood.

In fact, he claims they're used to it.

"Everyone wanted to be the first team to beat us last year," he said.

"They wanted to put us under the pump in 2013 and we got through okay. We'll just keep doing what we're doing and whatever happens happens."

Gray said his team never aimed to go through a season undefeated, and it wasn't in his players' thought process for 2014.

"We never go out to lose," he said.

"We don't care if we win every game or not. Our guys will take a title any day of the week, no matter how many games we lose on the way. Our goal is just to win a third premiership on the trot."

Every team will be out to end the Lions' unbeaten run, which extends all the way back to April of 2012, starting with a blockbuster 2013 grand final replay in Parkes in round one this year.

"We always seem to struggle going to Parkes," Gray said.

"Even when they weren't going so well. If we had a choice I don't think we'd go there first up. It'll be tough."

Tough is an understatement, especially considering the Lions will be without premiership-winners Nick Quinn, Mitchell Pearce, John Colgan and 2013 Blowes Clothing Cup best and fairest Gus Brotherton, indefinitely.

The Lions also won the 2013 second grade premiership undefeated, and lost just one game on the way to last year's colts premiership.

"All the grades will take it one game at a time," Gray said. "We're tight knit, and hopefully we can stay strong across the board."

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