Orange regains hunger: state league loss to Dubbo fires up 18-time champions

OPTIONS: Life Studio centre Charlotte Jasprizza in action during her side’s 49-38 loss to defending premiers Robin Hood.
Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0809netball1

OPTIONS: Life Studio centre Charlotte Jasprizza in action during her side’s 49-38 loss to defending premiers Robin Hood. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0809netball1

ORANGE A coach Petrina Allen says any element of complacency the 18-time defending Central West State League champions had leading into this year’s series has been quashed after her side’s shock loss to Dubbo in round one.

Dubbo sprung the upset of the state league season in toppling Orange 28-27 a fortnight ago and Allen, absent from the initial rounds at Anzac Park, believes Orange A may have been guilty of running through the motions as it eyes off another crack at the inter-regional state league crown.

But, that’s all about to change this weekend.

With round two of the state league season in Orange on Sunday, Allen said her side’s desire to succeed was back.

“We don’t go into games cocky, but maybe there’s a degree of complacency that’s crept into the game without our girls knowing. We were just going through the motions,” Allen admitted.

“The loss would have done us the world of good.

“Dubbo was just hungrier for it. They got a sniff and wanted it more than we did. No doubt they’ll be hungry again but what they don’t realise is how much we want it now. We’re hungrier.”

Orange A welcomes back Sophia Kloosterman in defence for this weekend’s round of games.

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Second on the ladder with five wins from six games, Orange A would relish chasing the undefeated Dubbo come round two on Sunday, Allen said.

“We’ll be looking to that game,” she said

“All of the girls are really gutted by the loss. We’ve got a full side back on deck for this week so we’re looking forward to it. 

“We’re taking it one step at a time now. We’re just focusing on our own state league, and if the inter-regional stuff comes after that, then we’ll welcome it.”

Orange A tackles Mudgee in its first game on Sunday, before playing Bathurst and then Dubbo in two important fixtures.

They then face Forbes, Lithgow and Orange B to round out the final round two clashes.

Orange B, fifth with three wins and three losses, will be aiming to leapfrog the fourth-placed Forbes and book a spot in the August 31 finals with a string of strong results this weekend.

The crucial Forbes and Orange B match-up is from 9.38am on Sunday morning.

Bathurst is third on the 2014 ladder.

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