CAN the Orange Tigers get any better?
Orange blew Cowra off the paddock on Saturday at Country Club Oval, kicking 44 majors to secure a 266-point win over the hapless Blues - the Tigers’ biggest win of the 2014 Central West AFL season.
Michael Rothnie kicked 10 goals, with Tim Barry and Jeremy Tuson chipping in with eight and six respectively.
Incredibly, Saturday’s victory is the Tigers’ fourth win by over 200 points this season.
Orange’s average winning margin over its last three games has been a ridiculous 182 points - which includes a meagre 29-point over Bathurst Bushrangers four weeks ago.
“It’s getting a bit outrageous really,” Tigers’ midfielder Ben McKenna laughed. “It’s a bit scary to think what we could produce this weekend against Bathurst, I definitely think we can get better.
“The last few wins, our performances have all been building towards this coming weekend.”
The Tigers formed an all but unassailable lead in the first quarter, taking a -point margin into the first break.
Cowra managed to kick two goals in the second quarter, taking their score to 3.0.18, but by half-time the Tigers had blown the lead out to 109 points.
Orange kept the Blues scoreless in the second half, but added another 157 unanswered points to its tally to secure the 44.20.284 - 3.0.18 victory.
“To be fair, Cowra was missing several of its best players,” McKenna explained.
“But credit to them anyway, despite the margin they put it to us a bit. They kicked a few goals and had some young blokes step up and take a role, in that sense they did quite well.
“But they really couldn’t keep us with us. Our speed and fitness was too good for them. The pace we played was actually quite incredible.
“We still need to talk more around the contest, but everyone is stepping up and taking accountability for their man which is different to what was happening earlier in the year.”