Kinross-CYMS ready to showcase improvement by challenging Ex-Services

KEY: Kinross-CYMS gun Madie Smith battles Dubbo Blue Jay's Gemma Mitchell at the Orange Hockey Complex. Smith will be a key figure in tonight's all-Orange clash with Ex-Services. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0426womhock1

KEY: Kinross-CYMS gun Madie Smith battles Dubbo Blue Jay's Gemma Mitchell at the Orange Hockey Complex. Smith will be a key figure in tonight's all-Orange clash with Ex-Services. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0426womhock1

KINROSS-CYMS are on the up, and there’s no better time to prove it than Saturday night against old rivals Orange Ex-Services.

Rounding out a mammoth day of hockey for the Orange Hockey Centre on Saturday following the men’s gala day, the two Orange women’s Premier League Hockey clubs clash in round eight of the 2014 season from 5.15pm.

By their own admission, both Ex-Services and Kinross-CYMS haven’t had the start to their respective campaigns each would have liked.

But through injury and player unavailability, it’s Kinross-CYMS that have struggled the most, winning just the one game throughout seven rounds to sit in last position on this year’s ladder.

Coach Pete Shea, however, was hopeful his side’s form was returning.

“I think we’re getting better,” he said.

“We’re playing the pattern we want to play and I thought even though we lost to Panthers (6-2) we executed the pattern reasonably well.

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“As long as we continue to improve and work on our execution then I think we’ll remain competitive with all sides in the competition. If we can remain in the contest (tonight) then a positive outcome isn’t out of the question.”

The sixth-placed Ex-Services are, at this stage of the season, the only Orange PLH team likely to push for a finals place. 

Kinross-CYMS are in 10th position while an improving yet winless Confederates still has some way to go before claiming the spoils against the top women’s outfits like Lithgow Panthers, Parkes and Bathurst City.

Looking to surge up the ladder, Shea was confident Saturday’s derby clash with Ex-Services will bring out the best in his Kinross-CYMS team.

“I think so. The competition nature of the local games bodes well for a whole-hearted effort,” he said.

In other women’s PLH matches to round out round eight of the 2014 premiership, Bathurst Souths face Confederates, Bathurst City will meet Lithgow Panthers, Lithgow Zig Zag hosts the Dubbo Blue Jays and St Pat’s travels to Parkes to face United.

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