Northern Rangers look on course to claim back-to-back Northern Championship women’s titles on Saturday.
The club is confident of scoring one last victory over bottom-placed Ulverstone to seal the deal one round out from the season’s end.
Rangers star Jessica Loft’s side have already celebrated going 12 months without a loss back in June during a golden run of form that had only began later in the 2017 title-clinching year.
Top of the table with just one defeat and one draw in 19 games, Loft refuses to contemplate losing this season’s championship with one hand firmly on the trophy.
“It would be heartbreaking to lose,” she said.
“It would be the upset of the championship.”
But Loft said belief in their own game has lifted workrate and standards to a new level.
Rangers last year finished one point ahead of Riverside Olympic and four in front of Launceston United to come from behind the pack to win.
“It’s more of a catch us if you can [this year],” she said.
“Last year we won because of good coincidences when someone else lost.
“This year we were like, ‘this is ours, you have to take it away from us’.”
That faith can be put down to stalwart coach Rod Fulton.
The loyal Rangers man continues to combine the role with club president.
Loft could not speak highly enough of Fulton’s work.
“Rod is the best coach for women,” she said.
“He’s just so patient with us and believes we can do so much more than we don’t think we can.”
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