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Rangers staying fresh despite lining up against Eagles for third time

There’s nothing boring about playing the same team a number of times if you ask Macleay Valley Rangers how they’ve reacted to the first season of the Coastal League One Women’s competition.

Rangers could move into second spot on the ladder with a win over Boambee this weekend, but captain Heidi Tamblyn says they have found new and innovative ways to stay fresh.

It will be the third time the two teams have met this season and despite all that there are no qualms from Tamblyn.

“It’s not boring; for Boambee the first game we drew, the second game we won and going onto this weekend you can expect they’ll come out to win,” she said.

“Even though we’ve played them a couple of times before, especially in this league you’re not guaranteed to win because teams come into it thinking about the last game and about what they don’t want to do again.”

While Rangers became accustomed to playing in a 12-team competition before this season the ability to right whatever wrongs arise in a game is one of the many benefits of a smaller competition.

“Since we’ve been a growing and developing team this season it’s been interesting playing teams multiple times because you can gauge how you’re progressing or how well you perform on a given day under the circumstances,” she said.

Two points separates Rangers, Boambee and the Coffs City United Lionnesses and Tamblyn said it was difficult to put a number on how much improvement her side had left.

Instead, she said it was easier to work on gradual improvement while working on lengthening a list of what they need to do to become a better side.

“It’s hard to put a percentage on it because you’re always finding new things you need to develop,” she said.

“At the beginning of the season you might highlight two or three things as being the areas you need to improve, but as soon as you have done those you will find there are one or two more things that pop up.

“The list is always growing, but you’re ticking off more things on that list as you go along.”


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