Fatigue hit Confederates against Lithgow Panthers on Saturday, hard.
With a number of players who had played almost a dozen games in the space of a week under their belt, the Orange side fell away in the back end of the game against the reigning champions.
But, they still only lost 2-1.
That’s the biggest thing Feds coach Fiona Reith has taken from the game.
“I was over the moon with that result, but the girls were deathly quiet afterward. I couldn’t believe they were so disappointed,” she said.
“But that’s a good thing, obviously. Panthers are one of the best teams in this competition, and for the girls to be so disappointed they didn’t win I think shows they have that belief we’ve been trying to give them for so long.
“So it’s pleasing, and disappointing as well. It was just the fatigue, you could really see us slowing up in the second half. In parts, we absolutely gave it to them and more than anything, frustrated Panthers I think.
“We did create some chances but couldn’t finish, we did get one at the end of the game though.
“Overall, I’m really pleased with it. We start a run of some pretty hard games now and we’re losing some good players, but that will provide opportunities.”
Feds remain locked in a three-way battle for second, with Panthers and Bathurst St Pat’s, but crucially the Orange side has played one more game than those two sides.
- LITHGOW PANTHERS 2 (Amelia Leard, Kate Hamment) def CONFEDERATES 1 (Rach Divall)