EX-SERVICES may not have won a game so far this women’s Premier League Hockey season, but St Pat’s will certainly not be underestimating the Orange outfit when they meet on Saturday afternoon.
Saints coach Jaden Ekert knows all too well what happened the last time his side took a result for granted. They conceded three goals in four minutes to draw with Souths.
“We had that mentality against Souths that we were going to win going into that game and that was a wake up call for us,” Ekert said.
“Regardless of where you play, who you play, if you are not prepared to bring the effort every game you play in Premier League, you are going to get found out.”
While it is two weeks since the Saints posted a morale-boosting win against Lithgow Panthers, a number of players represented Bathurst at the state titles over the long weekend.
That intense level of hockey will help them for Saturday’s match, especially given the Saints will be playing on a turf they are not particularly fond of.
“It’s always a test at Orange regardless of who you play,” Ekert said.
“It’s a bit of a double-edge sword for us in a way. You go to Orange and play Ex-Servies who aren’t travelling the best, but in saying that, it’s about playing on their turf and getting it right.
“Last year, everyone knows about the inconsistencies we had, so we’ve been working hard to make sure that doesn’t slip back into our game.”
As the Saints look to improve on their fourth spot on the ladder and extend their winning streak over Ex-Services to six consecutive games, Ekert said it will require a concerted effort from each member of their 20-player squad.
“If you turn it individual in a team sport, you can let your team-mates down and get found out pretty quickly. I’m not about that, I don’t coach that way, it’s one-in, all-in and everyone be a cook no matter who you are or where you’ve been,” he said.
The Saints take on Ex-Services from 3.20pm in Orange.