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Magnifica Orara women want more

March 11th, 2021

Orara Valley may seem the unlikeliest of spots to discover a pocket of Latino flamboyance and passion – but that’s the back story for the reigning NCF Women’s 3rd Division South premiers.
The Dingoes secured a 2-1 win over Urunga Vikings in the 2020 grand final – largely through belief and execution in a new playing style.
Coach Bec Torres (the famed football surname “gives me street cred”) was in her first season with the clipboard last year and reveled in the player progression.
“The girls did so well – starting as underdogs and becoming a very strong team toward the end. Hopefully we’ll carry that momentum into this year,” Bec said.
Growing up in southern California and playing football for the University of South Dakota, the Orara coach brought a new style to the valley.
“At first some of the girls were a bit shocked by the coaching and intensity I bring – but it was really cool to see them pick it up,” she said.
Season 2021 promises much for the champions.
“We’ve lost a few girls, but we’ve got some players returning in key positions. Plus we’re looking to bring some of the young ones from our 16s through – and that will give us an energy boost,” Bec said.
“We might even be a little stronger this year.”
While the coach was strictly sideline in 2020, Bec is ready for some onfield action this year “mostly in defence, but a bit of everywhere depending on what the team needs,” she said.
Ironically, Bec had to travel back to the States just before the grand final so missed the crowning moment.
“It was bittersweet – I was thrilled for the girls to win but disappointed that I couldn’t share the day with them,” she said.
So it’s on the bucket-list – as Orara women strive to go back-to-back.

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