‘Bloody awesome’: Orange City’s perfect 10 in Orange netball’s top flight

TOP 10: Orange City claimed its 10th Orange Netball Association division one premiership on Saturday. Photo: MICHELLE COOK

TOP 10: Orange City claimed its 10th Orange Netball Association division one premiership on Saturday. Photo: MICHELLE COOK

“It’s just bloody awesome.”

That’s how Orange City coach Cindy Gilchrist described the feeling of her players winning a 10th consecutive Orange Netball Association division one crown.

On Saturday, the team which had won the previous nine titles as Robin Hood, claimed its 10th under its new moniker.

In a tough Toyota Cup contest at Sir Neville Howse Stadium, Orange City was able to topple Hawks Royal 57-49.

“It was never going to be an easy game,” Gilchrist said.

“Hawks have this innate ability to be able to come back and turn things around really, really quickly. So I think we won every quarter but it might have been even in the last. That just goes to show what they’re like. I always knew we had to set it up going into the second half to be able to maintain that lead.”

The nine-time defending champs were up 15-11 after the first quarter and extended that to 28-21 at the main break.

Things were tighter in the third quarter but City still took a 41-33 lead into the final period.

It was an even final quarter but that was enough for City to claim another premiership.

It is the second year in a row Hawks have fallen in the main game, but captain-coach Amanda Hurford was still full of pride at her team’s performance.

“It was a fantastic game,” Hurford said.

“I said to my girls after the game that we left nothing behind. We had moments of brilliance and at times we struggled.”

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