Mayor praises Bathurst’s sporting teams, performances this season

GOOD SPORTS: DOGS: The Bathurst Bulldogs took out the inaugural Westfund Ferguson Cup premiership with a thumping 41-7 win over CSU last month.
GOOD SPORTS: DOGS: The Bathurst Bulldogs took out the inaugural Westfund Ferguson Cup premiership with a thumping 41-7 win over CSU last month.

IT has been a winter of great content for senior Bathurst sporting teams, with 16 teams qualifying for grand finals across four different codes. 

With Central West Rugby Union and New Era Cup grand finals already played, Bathurst Bulldogs second grade and women’s teams have been crowned champions, as well as the CSU Yellow’s league tag team.

With Group 10 Rugby League and Premier League Hockey grand finals this weekend, with Central West AFL grand finals the following weekend, there’s still a chance of more Bathurst teams to crowned champions.

Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger said it was amazing to see so many Bathurst teams performing well across so many different sports.

“We’ve got so many teams in various sport grand finals and all the teams are doing well, even if they haven’t made it,” he said.

“People are getting out there, enjoying the facilities council has provided. We’ve got some great grounds.

“There’ll be a winner and a loser but we wish all the best of teams the best of luck.”

No doubt the strong performance of so many Bathurst-based sides in regional competition is a sign of talent of the athletes the city has on offer.

“It’s a good of the talent and commitment we have,” Cr Hanger said.

“You just don’t get into a grand final all of a sudden. You’ve got to do the hard work. It all starts back in March, April.”

BATHURST SENIOR SPORT TEAMS IN GRAND FINALISTS, 2018

Rugby union:

  • FIRST GRADE: Runners-up – BATHURST BULLDOGS
  • SECOND GRADE: Premiers – BATHURST BULLDOGS
  • THIRD GRADE: Runners-up – BATHURST BULLDOGS
  • WESTFUND FERGUSON CUP: Premiers – BATHURST BULLDOGS, Runners-up – CSU

Rugby league:

  • PREMIER LEAGUE: Grand finalists – BATHURST PANTHERS
  • FIRST DIVISION: Grand finalists – BATHURST PANTHERS, ST PAT’S
  • UNDER 18s: Grand finalists – BATHURST PANTHERS
  • LEAGUE TAG: Grand finalists – ST PAT’S
  • NEW ERA CUP: Runners-up – CSU MUNGOES
  • NEW ERA CUP LEAGUE TAG: Premiers – CSU YELLOW, Runners-up – CSU Blue

Australian rules:

  • SENIOR MEN: Grand final hosts – BATHURST BUSHRANGERS REBELS, Preliminary finalist – BATHURST GIANTS*
  • SENIOR WOMEN: Preliminary finalists – BATHURST BUSHRANGERS*, BATHURST GIANTS*

Hockey:

  • MEN’S: Grand finalists – SOUTHS
  • WOMEN’S: Grand finalists – ST PAT’S

* Still a chance of making the grand final.