Reith banking on history repeating as final-four showdown looms

ORANGE'S under 13s girls will experience a dose of deja vu on Sunday morning when they tackle Manning Valley in the division two semi-finals of this year's Hockey NSW Field State Championship in Orange.

FINAL FOUR: Orange gun Libby Smith pictured in action during her side's state championship campaign on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0712hockey7

FINAL FOUR: Orange gun Libby Smith pictured in action during her side's state championship campaign on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0712hockey7

Winning three of their four pool matches to round-out the preliminary stages of the tournament in second position, Fiona Reith's girls will vie for a spot in the final against the very same side they knocked off at the final-four stage last year.

That year, 2013, Orange finished the state championship as runners-up.

Reith was confident a sound team effort will again get the job done against a Manning Valley outfit she predicts to be extremely tough.

"Hopefully we can top them off again this year," coach Reith said.

"It's hard though, it might not be the same side. At this age group teams change year to year. We'll just go out there and use lots of teamwork. The girls are really combining well.

"Hopefully we'll just be able to capitalise on our opportunities. We tried to do that tonight but couldn't quite get there."

Claiming a resounding victory in their first game of the tournament, Orange begun with a 4-0 thrashing of Sydney (3).

The hosts then went about amassing wins over Sutherland (1) 4-1 and Far North Coast 1-0 before suffering a 1-0 loss to Goulburn in their final pool game on Saturday evening.

The semi-finals and finals of all under 13s divisions contesting this year's field state championship will be played at the Orange Hockey Complex on Sunday.

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