Holidays are no picnic for Aggies as traditional absence of players hurts

FRUSTRATING TREND: Aggies inside centre Ed Morrish said his side is still chasing a semi-final spot after last weekend's thrashing at the hands of Condobolin. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0628lsags6

FRUSTRATING TREND: Aggies inside centre Ed Morrish said his side is still chasing a semi-final spot after last weekend's thrashing at the hands of Condobolin. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0628lsags6

IT’S a trend the club can’t seem to buck, but CSU Orange has once again been devastated by university holidays.

Barely able to field a team in Saturday’s Graincorp Cup Southern clash, Aggies were destroyed by a full strength Condobolin Rams 43-7.

“Holidays just kill us,” Aggies inside centre Ed Morrish said.

“The last couple of weeks, and the next couple we’ll have people away. It’s tough, it’s frustrating, but honestly there isn’t much we can do about it. We only had nine of our regular players last weekend.

Morrish, in his first year with the club, said the potential among the Aggies attack is infinite - if they can hold onto the ball.

“It’s my first year playing in a couple of seasons,” the former Orange City Lion explained.

“I’m really enjoying it up here, we have a heap of potential, we just need to realise it. Against Condobolin we looked great when we had the ball, we just couldn’t hold onto it.

“Our kicking wasn’t as good as it could have been and we didn’t adapt to the conditions.

“They were just too strong. They’re a good side normally, let alone when we’re under strength.”

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Aggies sit fifth on the ladder with two wins and five losses and have already improved on their 2013 performance, securing just one win on the way to the wooden spoon.

“We’re not a bad team at all,” Morrish said.

“In fact I’d say we’re quite good, we just aren’t performing as consistently as we want to. Inconsistency with players doesn’t help, but being a uni club that is always going to happen.

“We roll with the punches and we’re still looking for a semi-final spot.”

Morrish labelled Saturday’s clash with Grenfell as pivotal to his side’s finals aspirations.

“We need to win, even though we’ll be short we always aim to win games,” he said.

“We just need to keep that buffer between us, Canowindra and West Wyalong. At worst, we need to try and make sure we secure a bonus point if we can’t get the win.”

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