ORANGE coach Beth Shea believes better discipline and a renewed focus has the potential to turn the Wanderers last start loss against Lithgow Panthers into a win on the road in Bathurst on Saturday.
The Wanderers take on Bathurst St Pat’s in round four of the 2014 men’s Premier League Hockey premiership, and after losing two players to green cards at the one time in the 4-1 loss to Panthers, Shea was clear on one thing ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bathurst.
“It’s hard enough to play against Panthers with 11 players let alone nine,” she said, with both Michael Dillon and Hayden Dillon spending time off the field in the Orange side’s three-goal loss to Panthers last weekend.
“We’ve sat down and talked about how to cope with umpires. We know we have a few hot heads, but it’s a responsibility of the team.
“We’re not disappointed. It’s funny, you can feel when things change and the culture here is changing. Coming from the bottom, I think we did quite well against Panthers.”
Saturday’s clash with St Pat’s will provide Wanderers with another chance to improve.
Adamant Wanderers are beginning to nail down the new pattern she and coaches Pete Shea and Andrew Reddan are implementing this season, Beth Shea said Saturday's clash with a perennial men’s PLH enforcer will be a big test of her side’s mettle.
“The game against Panthers and this game against St Pat’s this week are really good yard sticks for us to see where we need to improve,” she said.
“I’m really the worst person to talk to when it comes to outcomes. I’m really focused on the process and what it’s going to take for us to be a competitive side. We need to get that right.
“Even if we do win, if the process isn’t right then when it comes to the crunch we’ll fall in a hole.”
Wanderers take on St Pat’s from 1.50pm at Bathurst, the Souths and Lithgow Zig Zag is then scheduled to begin immediately after at 3.20pm.
Lithgow Panthers hosts Parkes Zig Zag to round out round four action.