Sporadic Servies a chance to claim two big scalps in 2018’s final stretch

FINAL STRETCH: Lilly Baker shoots in her side's lone win this season, a fortnight ago. They face Panthers this weekend before Confederates in the final round. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
FINAL STRETCH: Lilly Baker shoots in her side's lone win this season, a fortnight ago. They face Panthers this weekend before Confederates in the final round. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

With a single win, one draw, nine losses and a goal difference of negative 32, even blind Freddy could tell you Ex-Services’ 2018 women’s Premier League Hockey campaign has been a tough one.

The blue and golds were on the cusp of the finals last year and prior to that were perennial post-season contenders, but things haven’t quite gone to plan so far this season.

Not through lack of effort, obviously, that’s not in Ex-Services’ nature.

At times, their results haven’t reflected their performances or those of their rivals, but there’s no denying their sporadic form line, particularly in the last month.

In the last four weeks Ex-Services have drawn with reigning champions Bathurst City before being hammered 6-1 by CYMS, spectacularly beating Lithgow Zig Zag 3-nil and then being routed 5-nil by Bathurst St Pat’s.

The bottom line is that the signs are there, it just hasn’t come together.

The blue and golds have two more chances to click this season, first against Lithgow Panthers on Saturday and then in a final round, all-Orange derby with the also out-of-the-finals-running Confederates.

Wins in both games would do wonders for Ex-Services’ confidence and certainly make their record slightly more flattering, but would also guarantee they avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.

Lithgow Zig Zag is in the box seat to claim that, but only trail Ex-Services by four points.

Ex-Services host Panthers from 1.55pm at Orange Hockey Centre, before another derby between CYMS and Confederates.

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