Ex-Services out to rain on Souths' parade in premier league 'grudge match'

DESPITE being unable to make the women’s Premier League Hockey top five, Orange Ex-Services can still have a massive impact on the competition’s finals series.

Ex-Services travels to Bathurst on Saturday to take on fourth placed Souths.

The Bathurst side sits two points adrift of Parkes United in third, and desperately needs to secure a win on Saturday to have any hope of a top three finish.

Souths also needs Parkes United to lose to eighth-placed Dubbo Blue Jays on Saturday to be able to leapfrog them into second.

Ex-Services coach Mitch Kennewell said his side is going to Bathurst on Saturday to spoil Souths’ party, and snare one final victory.

“I think the girls would love to be a thorn in Souths’ side,” Ex-Kennewell laughed.

“You always want to win anyway, but that gives the girls extra motivation. There is a bit of history between the two sides anyway, they don’t necessarily get along all that well on the field. There will be plenty of little individual battles I think.

“In a way it’s a bit of grudge match really.”

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Ex-Services has had an “up and down” season in 2014, but Kennewell said his side has been substantially more consistent recently and wants the trend to continue today.

“We spoke about it on Thursday night, rather than train we all went out to dinner,” he explained.

“Over the last month we’ve played good hockey, and that needs to continue against Souths.

“The spirit and effort has always been there but recently we’ve held onto the ball really well, and moved it really well too.

“If we can do that and put on a good show we’ll be happy, the girls can hold their heads high after this season.

“They really deserve to finish on a win, and I’d love them to get one just to see a smile on their faces more than anything.”

Ex-Services takes on Bathurst Souths at the Cooke Hockey Complex, starting at 12.20pm.

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