Perfect pairs: ladies stepping out of the shadows at Orange Tigers

COUPLES RETREAT: Simon Kay, Dale Hunter, Jayarna Kay and Kristen Hunter have the unique opportunity of winning a grand final together on Saturday. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0909mftigcouple1AUSTRALIAN RULES
Nanjing Night Net

BEHIND every great man, there’s a great woman.

That’s how the old saying goes, and it could not be truer for the Orange Tigers in 2015.

For Simon Kay and Dale Hunter, it’s their respective wives Jayarna and Kristen.

The two men are a part of the Tigers’ top grade side, in search of its third straight Central West AFL title, but Saturday’s grand finals provide the pair a far more unique opportunity than just claiming a three-peat.

They’ve got the chance to win a title alongside Jayarna and Kristen, who will play their own grand final for the Orange Tigerettes.

That’s special.

“Happy wife, happy life isn’t it? If they win then we can be happy in our game,” Simon laughed.

“I think the ladies’ game will be more nerve-wracking than us running out or playing,” Dale said.

“It’d be really incredible to see the ladies get up, in their first year they’ve shown so much interest and put together a team of 18 players in the last few months,” Simon added.

“It really is amazing.”

The Tigers have long been a family-oriented club, but the Tigerettes’ establishment this season has given the women around the club a chance to do more than just play a role off the field, and a number of them jumped at the chance to do so.

Mrs Kay and Mrs Hunter, in particular, have dominated.

“It is great, it’s really good on the weekends to be able to get together and share a common interest,” Simon said.

“For 10 years I’ve been bringing my partner and my family to football to watch and now she can play too and be involved. It’s good, she has the same mood swings I do about football now,” Dale laughed.

For Jayarna and Kristen, it’s about more than just playing.

“I just like the spotlight being on me for once,” Kristen laughed.

“And being able to get more touches than our partners,” Jayarna smiled.

“Yeah, it becomes a bit of a competition to see who can get more disposals, or goals,” Kristen laughed.

“What comes with [playing] is extra passion, having watched the boys for so many years and seen the love and dedication they have,” Jayarna explained.

“That’s made us so much more eager to win our premiership.

“We’ve also been able to see the boys grow, and develop as a team and I think it’s really helped us this year. Having that bonding aspect has helped us turn into a better side as well.”

Both the Tigers and Tigerettes take on the Bathurst Bushrangers on Saturday at Country Club Oval, starting at 2.30pm and 1.30pm respectively.

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