Day confident in Blues abilities

The Cowra women will look to score goals through Courtney Gambrill this weekend.
The Cowra women will look to score goals through Courtney Gambrill this weekend.

Cowra Blues co-coach Sarah Day says the club's men and women's sides are looking forward to their Round 3 matches with Orange this weekend.

Both Blues sides kicked of their AFL Central West campaigns on July 18, with the men defeating Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels 107-27 and the women loosing out against a Dubbo Demons making their return to the competition.

Day said both sides were confident of putting a strong performance on the park this weekend.

"We're very much looking forward to it, the women have got a pretty good looking side this week so we are confident," she said.

"Orange typically gets the upper hand on us but we have a couple of girls coming back into the side this week which I think will make it a close competition.

"We had about eight or nine debutantes (in Round 1) which was good and they really enjoyed it and put a lot of effort in.

"They all really enjoyed their opening round, the score didn't really reflect how well we played."

Day said the sides were supposed to put in some additional training this week but that had been put off due to last weekend's wet weather and the need to preserve the field.

Despite that she said the women's side had been working on bringing the ball forward for scoring opportunities.

"This week we've worked on our forward line, it's a bit of a killer for us," she said.

"We just need some targets down in that line, getting some key girls down there to hopefully kick a lot of goals."

She said while the men's side may have taken out their opening round, they were still working hard.

Co-coach Sarah Day said despite the men's dominant performance in Round 1 they were still improving.

Co-coach Sarah Day said despite the men's dominant performance in Round 1 they were still improving.

"They pretty much killed it in the opening round," she said.

"But they also have a couple of key players to come back. So we've worked on ball work, clearances out of the middle, that's been the main thing."

She said with the numbers in both sides the club was looking forward to a strong season.

"Our player numbers are better then they've ever been before for both the men's and women's sides," she said.

"We've been really lucky with league not playing this year, it's brought some people out of the woodwork that decided to play.

"AFL in Cowra has never really been very big but it's good to get some different faces there and show everyone the sport."

Day said with those numbers it was disappointing not to have the men competing on the Tier 1 competition.

"It's a bit of a shame they're in the Tier 2 competition," she said.

"We got a few late entries into the side from other codes that could have made them competitive.

"But based off last year it was expected for them to be in the second tier competition.

"It's just good to get out there and play and do something with our weekends.

"Hopefully Orange will field a really good side, I know they struggled last week with numbers, but hopefully they can pull enough together for a really strong competitive game."

The Orange Tigers men's side will be looking to bounce back from last week with the Tier 2 side losing to Bathurst Bushrangers Outlaws 18-9-117 to 4-5-29.

The women's side were defeated by a dominant Bathurst Lady Bushrangers 11-6-72 to 2-5-17.

A seven-goal haul from Bathurst's Alora Dickson combined with a stellar performance in the ruck from Beth Durham, meant the Tigers never really got a sniff.

Restricting their rivals to just a pair of behinds in the opening term Bathurst led by 38 points at half-time.

The Tigers shifted Erin Naden back to an on-ball role in the third quarter which provided them with more run through the centre, the Bushrangers were never threatened.

Both Blues sides will play at Mulyan Oval, Saturday afternoon.

The Blues men side will take the field at 1pm followed by the Blues women at 2.30pm.