Canberra's Nikola Orgill preparing to face former team in Newcastle
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Canberra's Nikola Orgill preparing to face former team in Newcastle

It's do or die under coach Heather Garriock at Canberra United and Newcastle import Nikola Orgill loves it.

Orgill will come up against her former club on Saturday and has been providing as much inside information as she can for the round three W-League showdown.

Canberra United's Nikola Orgill and Perth Glory's Sam Kerr.

Canberra United's Nikola Orgill and Perth Glory's Sam Kerr. Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong

Garriock has played Orgill in an unfamiliar position at centre back this season but the 25-year-old has embraced the challenge with aplomb.

Canberra travel to Newcastle for their first road trip of the season and Orgill is confident of leaving her former town with a win.

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"It’s always a bit nerve-wracking going against your old team and I have a lot of respect for them so we won't take them lightly but we’re ready, we’re all firing and ready to bring it to them," Orgill said.

"There’s been a bit of texting with old teammates and they're trying to find out some stuff but I've stayed pretty tight lipped, it will be a good healthy competition.

"Newcastle is a bit of an unknown how they play but it doesn't really matter because we’re going to play our game and we’re confident with the way we’re playing, we're starting to really gel.

"It’ll be tougher for them, they've had a tough start having a bye and then the international break, it’ll be interesting."

Garriock is starting to get the best out of her squad in her second year at the helm and Orgill said she's loving the all-out attack approach.

"It's been really good, always good to get a new coach and I think she's bringing out a lot in me, I haven't played centre back before, that's a new role for me and I'm really enjoying it," Orgill said.

"It’s definitely a do or die attitude we have here and we’re doing well with it."

Canberra are looking to bounce back from a frustrating 4-4 draw against Perth two weeks ago.

"It was definitely disappointing but we had a really good meeting as a team and addressed it and spoke about it and flushed out some issues," Orgill said.

"The main thing for us is really focusing on that 90-minute performance and not having any lapses in concentration and really believing in ourselves and stepping up at key moments.

"It's just not letting ourselves question what we’re doing. It worked for 82 minutes [against Perth] we need to make sure it lasts the whole 90 minutes.

"I think the break has been really good we can refocus and rebuild for this game and we’re ready."

W-LEAGUE - ROUND 3

Saturday: Canberra United v Newcastle Jets at Newcastle Stadium, 7.30pm.

Eamonn Tiernan is a sports reporter with The Canberra Times

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