Orange Tigers have recorded the perfect preparation ahead of the season-opener for the 2019 women's competition with a 13-point win over Bathurst Bushrangers in a practice match, winning 3.5.23 to 1.4.10.
With both sides short on numbers, Tigers' stand-in skipper Erin Naden kicked two goals and starred through the middle, and while the Bushrangers were strong through the middle of the ground and in the centre clearances, the Tigers' defence stood up and repelled repeat entries.
Naden said it was a "pretty good" result for the side.
We're all getting used to each other, we were missing a few of our players but we went out there and went really well together.Tigers' vice-captain Erin Naden
"We're all getting used to each other, we were missing a few of our players but we went out there and went really well together," she said.
"There was heaps of chat, which was really good and we kept going right to the end.
"We're still getting used to each other, tackling and looking towards making finals."
She said Dubbo pulling out of the competition was good news for the Tigers, who aren't shy about wanting to push for a grand final ticket this year, but said they were looking forward to giving last years premiers "a run for their money".
Meanwhile, defender Amy Symons said it was positive the backline stood up under pressure and the fitness was building ahead of round one on April 27.
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