With five points between first and fourth and with just under 10 rounds yet to play, this year’s Bathurst District Football men’s premier league title chance is still wide open.
And with six Bathurst-based teams competing in this season, there would be a good chance a team from the city would be leading the ladder.
However, Mudgee Wolves have surprised everyone with five wins from as many games, finding themselves at the top of the ladder.
Two-time defending champions CSU White are trailing in second, with Abercrombie Navy in third.
Panorama Red’s quest to overcome last year’s grand final defeat is still on track, however the fourth-placed side will need to start scoring more goals.
Red have score just nine goals in seven games, the third lowest from all nine competing teams.
It makes for an competitive competition and with action to return to Proctor Park next weekend, Panorama president Beau Yates said the football will only get better.
“I think everyone is keen to get out there on the new fields. They look fantastic,” he said.
“The whole competition will step up playing on decent pitches.
“It’s a big moment for the competition and for Bathurst football.”
He’s also confident Red will step their game up and score more goals when they get onto the brand new pitches.
“Once we get on the new fields [at Proctor Park], the talent there will shine through a bit,” he said.
“The likes of Jeremy and Thomas Judge and Dylan White for Red will be able to move the ball around.
“In saying that, I don’t want to take away from the Black side as well. They’ve got boys there that can do the same thing.”
Panorama’s Black side currently sit in fifth position, after claiming three wins from five games.
Lithgow Workmans Club are also in the mix, in sixth place.
CSU White will be looking to claim a third consecutive title this year in first grade after defeating Panorama 3-2 in an epic grand final finish that saw three goals scored in the last 10 minutes.
A win for CSU this season would be a 12th premiership in first grade, while Panorama are yet to win a grand final in first grade in just the club’s third season in the top division.
The bottom three sides – Cowra Eagles, Abercrombie Gold and CSU Red – are struggling in seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.