Bathurst High School well prepared for tennis meeting with Orange

LET'S GO: Sophie Macauley is part of an experienced Bathurst High School tennis side for this year's Astley Cup campaign, starting on Thursday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY

LET'S GO: Sophie Macauley is part of an experienced Bathurst High School tennis side for this year's Astley Cup campaign, starting on Thursday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY

BATHURST High School’s boys tennis side have a big reason to go into Thursday’s Astley Cup tie against Orange filled with confidence after taking out Tuesday’s CHS Western Region tennis finals.

Bathurst saw off Orange High School in the semi-final before knocking over Dubbo Senior College – their other Astley Cup opponent – in the deciding match.

The girls side went down to Cowra in the semi-finals, but with an experienced team on hand for Thursday’s Orange clash they will be confident of bouncing back.

“We played Orange in the semis and Dubbo in the final, so that’s definitely an ideal preparation. It was a great set of matches for all our students to have,” BHS tennis coach Paul Abbott said.

“Our girls went down to Cowra … but they beat Dubbo in the third place playoff.

“That means the only unknown going into the Astley Cup will be the Orange girls.”

Bathurst will have plenty of returning players for this year’s cup, as well as some new faces.

Callum Colwell is the new face among the boys side, joining Ben Tullier, Jacob Bicanic and Jake Sheader.

“Callum played exceptional tennis throughout the Western Region competition, and he’s very excited to be playing in the Astley Cup,” Abbott said.

Year seven student Charlotte Simpson joins the Bathurst team, along with Felicity Hickey. Sam Burrow, Sophie Macauley and Ella Davis will return.

Beyond the Astley Cup the BHS boys team will now look forward to the state finals of the CHS Stan Jones Knockout, held from August 9-10 at Nelsons Bay.