Orange back on top in State League netball

GETTING THE JUMP: Orange A centre Jacky Lyden springs into action in her side's State League win over Bathurst on Sunday. Photo: MEGAN FOSTER 0817MFnb1orange4

GETTING THE JUMP: Orange A centre Jacky Lyden springs into action in her side's State League win over Bathurst on Sunday. Photo: MEGAN FOSTER 0817MFnb1orange4

WINNING all six of its Central West State League round two games on Sunday, Orange A reaffirmed its dominance after a shock loss to Dubbo two weeks ago - its first loss in recent memory.

The hosts actively sought revenge on Dubbo, scoring a convincing 24-15 win in a physical game at Orange PCYC.

It took Orange A several trips into circle before it got on the board, but once shooters Danielle Turner and Erin Johnstone found their range the result was never seriously in doubt.

Played at a frantic pace, Orange A’s fitness and transitional speed proved the difference as the visitors struggled to keep up with the motivated hosts.

“It was a great win, it’s very promising, we’re still working on a few combinations though,” Orange A coach Petrina Allen said.

“We just kept it simple. We just focused on basic netball basically. I think the physicality against Dubbo shocked us last time around but we were ready for that this time.

“Our shooting wasn’t 100 per cent again, we can improve there.”

Dubbo coach Michelle Williams was diplomatic following the loss, and said her side is also working toward solidifying a starting seven before the finals in a fortnight.

“We knew they would come out hard, but we mixed it up a bit,” Williams said.

“We gave some of the girls who were on the bench last time some experience, and court time, working toward the finals.

“We’re still working on combinations, the girls are fighting for positions. They played well today, and we played well last time, so being one win each adds a bit to the next game we’ll play.”

Orange A also secured convincing wins over Mudgee (43-8), Bathurst (35-13), Forbes (46-15), Lithgow (55-8) and Orange B (32-19).

Orange B put in a dramatically improved performance winning four of its six games, over Lithgow (31-10), Forbes (21-15), Mudgee (30-10) and Bathurst (22-21) to climb into third.

In division two, Orange White and Orange Black both had two wins and one loss on Sunday.

Both sides won out over Cowra 17s and Bathurst 17s, before Orange Black scored a 43-31 win over Orange White.

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