First CSU Football Club, second daylight.
CSU’s Bathurst District Football ladies’ premier league side have shown no signs of a grand final hangover, winning their opening eight games to lead the competition by 11 points over Eglinton and Panorama.
After eight rounds CSU have scored an incredible 33 goals and conceded just four goals.
It’s an even more incredible feat considering almost two thirds of the team is made up fresh faces.
CSU coach Riley Smith said the performance this season so far comes down to having a strong team bond.
“The coaching and playing style has completely changed this year,” she said.
“We have strong combinations in the attacking, middle and defensive areas of the park.
“My girls have created some strong friendships which reflects how they play together.”
While CSU may be a clear cut above the rest, Smith is focused on making sure her team remains focused.
“Maintaining motivation throughout this season may become an issue,” she said.
“I would like to see my girls improve on their transition plays and their aggression on and off the ball.
“If my girls continue to play the style they are playing and continue to improve, I think we will be a strong contender for the cup this year.”
Smith didn’t want to single out any individual player rather saying the entire squad contributes in their own way.
“All of these girls bring their own strength,” she said.
“We have girls that can set up goal after goal and our defensive girls have played numerous games keeping a clean sheet.”
Eglinton are in second, with last year’s runners-up Panorama in third and Macquarie United currently in the final play-off spot in fourth.