Home grand final the motivator for Tigerettes ahead of penultimate play-off

MIDFIELD BATTLE: Orange's Erin Naden (left) looks for a clearance in Saturday's minor semi-final victory over Cowra. Photo: SHARON MALONEY

MIDFIELD BATTLE: Orange's Erin Naden (left) looks for a clearance in Saturday's minor semi-final victory over Cowra. Photo: SHARON MALONEY

There’ll be no shortage of motivation for the Orange Tigerettes in this weekend’s Central West AFL women’s preliminary final against Dubbo, knowing a win will give them home ground advantage for the grand final.

The Tigerettes handed the Cowra Blues an absolute shellacking in last weekend’s sudden-death minor play-off and will battle it out with the Demons in the preliminary final as a result, the winner will earn a crack at the formidable Bathurst Bushrangers in the big dance.

That big dance will be at Orange’s Country Club Oval, thanks to the Tigers men securing hosting rights last weekend.

The preliminary final is expected to be as fierce a battle as any the competition has seen in the past, the Tigerettes and Demons’ rivalry is one that can’t be underestimated.

The Demons have the overall bragging rights this season having won two of the three games they’ve played out, but perhaps crucially the Tigerettes’ lone victory came in the most recent of those fixtures.

The Tigerettes’ pair of losses came at South Dubbo Oval too, but it will be the Demons doing the lion’s share of travel for the penultimate game of the season, which will be at Bathurst’s George Park.

The Tigerettes’ victory over the Blues continued the Orange’s side dominance of its Cowra counterpart.

For the fourth time this season Orange kept Cowra to a single goal, eventually winning 13.15.93 – 1.1.7.

The Tigerettes led by 25 at the first break and then 42 at the second, scoring another 50 points in the third and fourth terms.

Nita Noble kicked three majors, continuing her sterling form up front, while Kayla Orrock, Jayarna Kay and Erin Naden booted two goals each as well.

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