Still hope for Axemen

SITTING on the bottom of the table isn’t the best place to be but Orara Valley coach Darryl Fisher isn’t giving up on the season just yet.

In fact he’s still got an eye on making the season.

The Axemen are three points behind tomorrow’s opponent Nambucca Heads who are currently occupying the fifth position on the ladder.

While other teams are better placed Fisher says that if results go their way over the next month they could be right back in the ballgame.

“I guess you don’t know, it’s only three points,” Fisher said.

“I said it last week but even before that we were the same where we’re sort of relying on other teams already but it’s certainly not curtain closed yet.”

Tomorrow’s clash at Coramba Sportsground is a battle of the two clubs who are currently resembling the walking wounded.

Orara Valley will take to the field without the services of captain Grant Douglass, Dan van der Donk, Dan Tempest, Jarrad Few and Mike Castle who was injured last week.

Nambucca Heads have been playing without Jack Lhuede, Jermaine Ballingary and Jordan Hollis among others.

Luckily for the Roosters James Livock and Warwick Jones are returning tomorrow.

“With the tightness of the comp, injuries are pretty critical and you need everyone as fit as possible,” the Orara coach admitted.

“Probably you also need to learn how to deal with the injuries that you do have too.

“We’ve got to do it and obviously they’ve got to do it as well.”

Castle’s absence is the only major change for Orara Valley this weekend and while Fisher would dearly love to have the Englishman on the field, he says that having few changes this week is a blessing as it finally gives the team some continuity to work with.

“The team hasn’t changed too much from last week and if you subtract the last 20 minutes we went alright last week,” he said.

“Hopefully we can turn that into 80 minutes now.

“If we just increase our ball control a little bit, we’ll have the energy to score points in those last 20 minutes.

“We haven’t done that in the last few weeks and if we do I think it will be a different game.”

Having suffered four close losses and a draw in their past five matches, the feeling is that Orara Valley simply needs a win to burst back into contention.

It’s a theory that Fisher agrees with.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard and keep trying to enjoy ourselves and hopefully we can take advantage of maybe a bit of momentum,” he said.

“If we can just get a win we might get two or three.”

Nambucca Heads coach Garren Stig is of a similar opinion about his team as they try to snap a four game losing streak.

“We just need a win and then it starts becoming a habit,” he said.

“You start worrying about winning or losing rather than just going out and having a game of footy.”

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