Nikola Orgill does not expect the Newcastle Jets to have another performance like the one in Melbourne on Sunday.
The 24-year-old is one of the Jets’ newest members and has relished a move to Newcastle this year as she strives to establish herself as a regular W-League player.
She has started in all three of the Jets’ games so far, including their demoralising 5-2 defeat at the hands of a star-studded Melbourne City on the road on Sunday.
Orgill said “a long trip home” gave Newcastle plenty of time to digest the loss, which she felt would prove pivotal to a team she believed remained “a dark horse” in the competition.
“Obviously after the game we were really quite upset and disappointed in the result but also in the way we played, I don’t think it showcased what we’re capable of,” Orgill said.
“We missed our flight home, so we had a lot of time to think about it and it is kind of good having that taste of defeat and knowing that we could’ve done so much better and are capable of so much more. We’ll be able to build some resilience and some strength and a bit of backbone that we won’t let that happen to us again.”
Orgill’s pathway to the W-League was not your typical story. She only started playing at 13 then took five years off while studying law in Canberra.
The Sydneysider earned a contract with Western Sydney last year after impressing in the the National Premier League NSW Women’s competition but was only a bit-part player for Wanderers.
Moving to Newcastle has given her an opportunity to “invest more of myself” into football. It also offers a chance for the traditional defender to push further up field as a right midfielder.
“It’s been an adjustment but I’m loving it, it’s fun to be able to get involved a bit more,” Orgill said.
“I didn’t really have expectations but Deansy [Craig Deans] seems like a really fair coach … I’m just taking each game and trying to make sure I’m performing so I can hold onto that spot because I’d really love to establish myself in the league this season.”
The Jets host Canberra United at No.2 Sportsground on Sunday.
The pundits will have written off Newcastle after the Melbourne performance but Orgill expected it would only serve to make them work harder for the rest of the season “to show what we’re capable of”.
“I think we feel like a dark horse and I love an underdog story,” she said.