ORANGE Emus are not getting caught up in the hype surrounding tomorrow’s Blowes Clothing Cup derby with Orange City.
Emus player-coach Paul Ringland said his players are concentrating on their own game.
There is plenty on the line for Emus tomorrow in their final regular season match of the year.
Emus must win to give themselves the best chance of climbing into the top five and the semi-finals.
Ringland said his players have no shortage of motivation.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. We could potentially win and still not make it,” he explained.
“It’s a local derby and you always want to win those but it means a bit more for us.”
Emus are sixth on the competition ladder, one point behind fifth-placed Parkes with only the top five moving on to the semi-finals.
Should Emus win tomorrow and Narromine beat Parkes, the Orange side would book themselves a place in the semi-finals.
Ringland said his side has spoken more about their own game rather than the opposition this week.
“We’ve looked at ourselves and what we need to do,” he said.
“We need to improve our finishing and we need to have a bit more patience. We play really well to get ourselves into position and then we seem to go away from what we’re good at.”
Emus have gone the closest to beating Orange City this season when they played out a 3-all draw in round nine.
Ringland conceded the weather conditions were “extreme” during that match and he would like to see his backs have the opportunity to shine tomorrow.
One back who has made an impression this season is young winger Toby Wright.
His deceptive speed combined with his determination has made him an asset to the side.
“He’s had a really good season,” Ringland said of Wright.
“We brought him up last year a few times and could see he had something. He’s very quick. He’s surprised a few players with his speed. He’s a good, tough player. He doesn’t shy away from the hard work.”
Helping the young Emus backs has been experienced fullback Graydon Staniforth.
Ringland said Staniforth’s guidance at the back had been important for the younger players.
Emus will boast fresh reserves in Ben Parkes and Tom Raines who both have plenty of first grade experience.
Tomorrow’s derby will be played at Endeavour Oval with first grade kicking off at 3.15pm.
o Orange Emus: 1 Paul Ringland, 2 Mark Grivas, 3 Jimmy Roberts, 4 Keith Howarth, 5 James Isles, 6 Simon Badgery, 7 Dan Brown, 8 Tony Elliot, 9 Chris Bailey, 10 TJ Cunynghame, 11 Toby Wright, 12 Andrew Swain (c), 13 Tim Alison, 14 Isaac White, 15 Graydon Staniforth.
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