“WE didn’t run out of heart, we ran out of legs.”
Orange Ex-Services assistant coach Darryn Marjoram summed up his side’s 5-3 loss against the Dubbo Blue Jays best, with the goalkeeper-less blue and golds running out of troops and crumbling after leading the women's Premier League Hockey match 3-nil just into the second half.
Mustering a remarkable comeback, Dubbo hit back with a brace of goals to Luci Ferguson adding to winners from Emma Cocoran, Maddie Bott and skipper Alex Walters to help score a memorable road win at the Orange Hockey Centre.
Forced to play with a kicking back for the second consecutive week after a foot complaint ruled out regular shot-stopper Meaghan Kempson, Marjoram revealed his side may be forced to continue to play without a goalkeeper for some time yet.
“We haven’t got one,” he said when asked if there was any keepers waiting in the wings.
“If anyone wants to play a game of premier league in goal let me know.
“It’s been the same story over the last three weeks, we’ve had the bare 11, and most of the time we’ve only had the 10 on the field.
“On Saturday it got to 3-1 and then, like all teams in sport, they got a sniff and we were running on empty.”
The match wasn’t without positives for Ex-Services.
Ex-Services’ first 35 minutes was near faultless, with goals to Tiff Atkinson, captain Ali Baker and the returning Shian Duboc highlighting just what the blue and golds are capable of.
But, as Marjoram said, his side ran out of legs.
Marjoram added with Duboc returning to the side after giving birth to twins throughout the off-season, her effort was particularly impressive.
“We only asked her to give us 10 minutes in each half but she gave us much more than that,” Marjoram said.
“We didn’t run out heart, we ran out of legs.”
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