Orange B happy to go under the radar heading into state league blockbusters

TIME TO SHINE: Orange B goal attack Kellie Watson said her side will look to move up the ladder in tomorrow's second round of State League Netball. Photo: MEGAN FOSTER 0803ovonetballMF6

TIME TO SHINE: Orange B goal attack Kellie Watson said her side will look to move up the ladder in tomorrow's second round of State League Netball. Photo: MEGAN FOSTER 0803ovonetballMF6

ALL attention is on Orange A ahead of Sunday’s Central West State League round two games at Orange PCYC.

Orange A’s unbridled reign of dominance is under serious threat after its shock loss to Dubbo last week - its first loss in recent memory - and all and sundry wait with bated breath to see if the hosts will restore order on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Orange B is flying under the radar - and goal attack Kellie Watson said that’s exactly how her side likes it.

Orange B sits fifth after the first round of games two weeks ago, with three wins and three losses.

Orange B is equal with Forbes on competition points, but is relegated to fifth thanks to an inferior goal difference.

“We did well last week, especially considering we only had seven players for most of the day,” Watson explained.

“Now we know our opposition more, and where we can exploit them. With a full side on deck we’ll look to improve our position on the ladder.”

Watson highlighted ball movement as an issue in the opening round, but said with combinations now in place her side will improve dramatically.

“We swung the ball from side to side, so we need to be more direct in this round and use the middle channel better,” she offered.

“We were looking long as well, so I think we’ll concentrate on short, sharp passes and plays this week.”

Orange A coach Petrina Allen conceded her side’s position is an unfamiliar one, and said the aura surrounding the team was smashed to pieces after last week’s defeat.

“A lot of teams used to think they couldn’t beat us, ever,” Allen explained.

“Now there is no doubt a sense around the other sides that Orange can be beaten, so we need to take it one game at a time.

“In saying that we will be working on combinations with one eye on our game against Dubbo in the middle of the day.”

Round two of the Central West State League commences at 9am on Sunday, and will feature seven rounds in division one and three rounds in division two (17 and under).

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