THE battle to be the best club west of the Blue Mountains takes place at Bathurst and Orange this weekend during the AMP Intertown Squash Competition.
Five Panthers Bathurst teams are fighting for glory on their home courts against teams from as far as Canowindra and Springwood.
Bathurst have the division one men’s title in their sights and Panthers’ Dave Fuller believes the club have the team to make it happen.
“We have teams from all around the Central West. Crookwell are the defending champions in the men’s competition and Orange in the women’s,” he said.
“I think it will be closely fought between Parkes and Orange in the women’s. It will be hard to pick a winner out of those two.
"In the men’s Bathurst Panthers have the five strongest players in so I’ll be surprised if they don’t bring it home.”
Daniel Pollard, Wil Lesh, Jason Black, Alisha Atkinson and Glenn Atkinson make up the red hot Panthers division one side.
Twenty seven men’s teams will play over four divisions and 13 women’s teams are contesting three divisions.
Bathurst are sending four men’s teams and a women’s side.
Panthers have been denied the men’s division one title by Crookwell for the past two years.
’ll be surprised if [Panthers men] don’t bring it home.Dave Fuller
“We’ll have over 160 people here over the weekend, and if the weather holds up a bit compared to last weekend that will make it even better,” Fuller said.
“In the A grade you’ve got Dubbo, Parkes, Forbes and Bathurst bringing all their best players. Crookwell will have a couple of guys in from Canberra. From where I sit it’s going to be about who’s going to play Panthers.
“Panthers men used to win this competition quite often but we couldn’t get these top players in on a regular basis. Jason Black, who is our number three this year, was our number one last year.