Long seasons and cold nights on the training track can be a devil for hamstrings, calves and muscles in Orange, but the Tigers have found a new nemesis ahead of Saturday's clash with the Bathurst Bushrangers - finger injuries.
The women's side - heading into its final round of the regular AFL Central West competition - has some half a dozen players under injury clouds with finger injuries alone.
Some of those have required surgeries, some are knocks or footballs landing on outstretched fingers, but the Tigers are grappling with a bigger loss - that of Amy Symons.
The fullback, who was the Central West skipper earlier this year, has a fractured kneecap and will miss the rest of the season, leaving a huge hole in the Tigers' backline.
Coach Nita Noble knows how hard it will make the rest of the season, but is backing her defenders, now led by Dael Bingham, in to cover her absence.
"We're looking forward to how it holds up without Amy, not only is she the personality, but she's crucial back there and hopefully we can rally together and improve for next week."
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"Dael has been incredible all season ... the talk between her and Amy and the rest of the backline is incredible.
"Without putting pressure on her she does a great job but we'll throw Cat [Lee] back there as well, she has plenty of experience in defence."
And although casualty ward is a big one - with Noble herself on it for a while with a thumb injury - the coach is thankful most of her troops should be back in the coming weeks.
"Finger injuries are better than an ankle or an ACL or something which takes them out forever so we can strap a few fingers and stuff like that," she said.
The Tigers have lost any chance at second spot on the ladder after three losses in a row, but the jump over the past fortnight - which has seen two losses to the Giants back-to-back, has seen a massive improvement from week to week.
"We lost second spot which was a bit of a bummer but we need to put into practice what we learn here and hopefully come game day we'll have some fun with it," Noble said.
"The result, we love playing footy and don't rely on the result, as long as we come back this week strong and enjoy it, [that's good]."
Meanwhile, the Tigers' men have a slim chance to steal the top spot from Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels when they take on their clubmates the Outlaws on Saturday at George Park, but it's not something the reigning premiers are chasing.
In the wet and cold, the Tigers need to roughly double the Outlaws' score to catapult them over the Rebels, who have the bye, but midfielder Kirk Phillips said it "doesn't really matter" if the major semi-final is in Orange or Bathurst.
The freezing conditions won't bother Phillips in the slightest, either, with the nuggety pocket rocket preferring to play in the wet.
"I love wet weather footy, it's my go-to. I prefer it... it's so much more fun and I go out there and enjoy it."
First bounce in the women's game is at 12.30, before the men's clash begins at 2.30pm.
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