Zig Zag forfeit derby with Panthers after Orange defeat

Lithgow’s two women’s hockey teams have been successively thwarted by Orange CYMS, leaving Panthers and Zig Zag scoreless in the first and second rounds of the premier league.

CYMS gained a surprise 4-0 victory over the Panthers women in round one of the competition. On Saturday, May 18, Zig Zag travelled to Orange only to be similarly defeated 3-0 by the now competition front-runners.

While Panthers bounced back from their opening game against CYMS, securing their first win of the season on Saturday, Zig Zag have come out of their clash with the Orange outfit worse for wear.

SHARP SHOOTER: Panther's Amelia Leard scored a hat trick in the team's first win for the season. Picture: PHIL BLATCH.

SHARP SHOOTER: Panther's Amelia Leard scored a hat trick in the team's first win for the season. Picture: PHIL BLATCH.

Ziggies have had to forfeit this weekend’s derby due to injuries.

“They were quite good, they were quite aggressive and fast,” assistant coach Jess Harris said of CYMS.

“We ended up with a lot of injuries during the match but the girls still played really well,” she said.

While Ziggies were unable to convert a series of short corners into much-needed goals, Harris commended the team’s defensive effort for keeping the deficit down.

“Our goal keeper Kirsty Jenkins kept us in the game for a while there,” she said.

Due to injuries sustained in Orange, Zig Zag have forfeited the cross-city derby against Panthers scheduled for this Saturday.

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“Our squad is only about 15 players and we’ve got quite a few out from last weekend with muscle strains.

It’s a shame because we were really looking forward to it. We are quite disappointed,” Harris said.

Panthers are no doubt looking to maintain momentum after defeating Confederates 4-1 at home in the second round of the premier league on Saturday, May 18.

The match saw Panthers’ striker and representative player Amelia Leard score a hat trick, backed up by a fourth goal from Rylee Millar.