THERE’S not a lot of hockey on this weekend in the region, but for the players who’ll be taking the field in Saturday’s lone women’s Premier League Hockey contest, there hasn’t been a more important game played this season.
Kinross-CYMS will be desperate to break their 2014 drought when the students host the Dubbo Blue Jays at the Orange Hockey Complex.
Currently anchored on the bottom of the 2014 ladder, Kinross-CYMS have endured a horror start to the season.
A 1-0 loss to Bathurst City in the opening round of the season was compounded heavily when it was revealed Kinross-CYMS played an unregistered player, turning the one-goal deficit into a 5-0 defeat and the loss of four competition points.
That round one disaster was followed by a 10-1 loss to Bathurst Souths, a 4-2 road defeat to Parkes, a narrow 2-1 loss to Lithgow Zig Zag and a 1-0 loss to defending premiers Bathurst St Pat’s.
Although not the desired result, the last two competition rounds are enough to suggest Pete Shea’s side is on the up.
That rate of improve is set to continue today when NSW under 18s representatives Madie Smith and Chloe Barrett join their club mates for the Dubbo clash.
In an ever-evolving women’s PLH, Dubbo has been consistent this season and, coming off two wins in their last three games, will be confident of leaving Orange with points in the bag as the Blue Jays attempt to keep touch with the competition’s top five.
Saturday's lone women’s PLH fixture starts at 3pm.