11/9/2014 - All-Orange derby will ensure a second grade spectacle

CUSTODIANS: Opposing fullbacks Dave Faul (Emus) and Jackson Coote (Orange City) are both expecting a close, physical tussle in tomorrow's Blowes Clothing Cup second grade grand final. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0910mf2gfCUSTODIANS: Opposing fullbacks Dave Faul (Emus) and Jackson Coote (Orange City) are both expecting a close, physical tussle in tomorrow’s Blowes Clothing Cup second grade grand final. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0910mf2gf

PRIOR to the Blowes Clothing Cup finals series the excitement surrounding a potential Orange Emus versus Orange City grand final was palpable.

As a result, any thought given to a potential local derby grand final in second grade was swept under the rug, especially considering Emus finished fourth.

However, after the greens demolished CSU Bathurst, Bathurst Bulldogs and Dubbo Kangaroos in the elimination, minor and preliminary finals respectively, they will clash with the Lions, 2014 minor premiers, in tomorrow’s decider at Dubbo’s No.1 Oval.

Emus’ fullback and skipper Dave Faul and Orange City custodian Jackson Coote both said they’re expecting tomorrow’s decider to be, as the latter said, “the most physical, intense game all year”.

“We know how tough they are on the field,” Faul explained.

“We’ve played them twice this year, and both times they bashed us. Naturally we gave back as good as we got but the game will be very, very tough.”

Despite having one win apiece from said regular season games, Coote said his side deserves favouritism against the greens, but conceded Emus’ form has given the Lions something to think about.

“Look, they’ve come from fourth, which isn’t an easy thing to do,” he said.

“They’re playing pretty good footy. Most of us boys (Lions) watched them against Dubbo (Kangaroos) last weekend (in the preliminary final) and they were very strong across the paddock, particularly in the forwards.

“I wouldn’t go as far as saying we’re worried about Emus, but we certainly won’t underestimate them. After all, we are minor premiers, we’re last year’s title winners, we have reason to be confident.”

“I agree with what Jacko has said there, Orange City absolutely deserve to be favourites. We don’t mind being tagged underdogs though,” Faul said.

“We’ve been underdogs in our last two games (against Bathurst Bulldogs and ‘Roos) and they’ve worked out okay.

“By no means I am saying we will definitely beat City, but don’t expect a blow-out either way.”

The reserve grade decider kicks off at 1.30pm.

ORANGE EMUS: 1 Matt Findlay, 2 Keith Howarth, 3 Luke Turner, 4 Tom Fenuelelei, 5 Mark Udy, 6 Sam McLean, 7 Ben Parkes, 8 Scott Udy, 9 Chris Bailey, 10 Elliot Brice, 11 Lachlan Harris, 12 Ben Ruddy, 13 Isaac White, 14 Will Colless, 15 Dave Faul (c).

ORANGE CITY LIONS: 1 Chris Senior, 2 Dom Westgeest, 3 Cal Townsend, 4 Ben Hockey, 5 Chris Scoins, 6 Steve Lovett, 7 John Brennan, 8 Tatafu Na’aniumotu, 9 Anthony Kent, 10 Brad Cleal (c), 11 Barton Young, 12 Sam Dwyer, 13 Will Hobbs, 14 Rowan Cleal, 15 Jackson Coote.

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2553396/all-orange-derby-will-ensure-a-second-grade-spectacle/?cs=104

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