Wallabies edge closer to title as Piranhas look for home venue advantage

MAKING A SPLASH: Bathurst gun Josh Stapley has been a shining light for the Wallabies during the inter-club series. Photo: ANYA WHITELAW
MAKING A SPLASH: Bathurst gun Josh Stapley has been a shining light for the Wallabies during the inter-club series. Photo: ANYA WHITELAW

All of a sudden, the hunters in this year’s Central West Inter-club Triathlon Series are now very much the hunted.

A long-time participant, rather than any form of title threat, Bathurst is this summer in the box seat to secure the title of the region’s premier tri-club after a stirring opening to the season on the bike, on foot and in the pool.

One of the clubs hot on the Wallabies heels will host this Sunday’s round, meaning the Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club is focused on one thing and one thing only heading into the latest round of competition – knocking off Bathurst.

“(The new scoring has) created a lot more interest in the competition and it’s brought a couple of the other clubs into the title race, who weren’t there the last few years,” Piranhas president David Hunter said, his club the defending champions.

“Bathurst is one and they’re leading, it’s a bit different for us chasing them but it’s also a new challenge, and it’s great to see them in the hunt.

It’s great to see Bathurst in the hunt.

Orange tri-club president David Hunter

“They had huge numbers (on Australia Day) so there is a bit of pressure on us to deliver in our leg now.

“Our guys will need to perform pretty well I think.”

Round four of this summer’s series is at Orange’s Gosling Creek and includes a 400m swim, 23km bike leg and a 4.2km run from 9.30am on Sunday.

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