THE Bathurst Giants were the big improvers of the 2018 Central West AFL season as they not only qualified for their maiden finals appearance, but very nearly reached the decider.
So what will this season bring for the Giants? Coach Mark Kennedy will probably get a good idea this Saturday when they take on the Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels.
The Bushrangers Outlaws have a big test too - they will meet defending premiers the Orange Tigers.
And if those match-up don't make for a big Saturday of footy, then there's rugby union as well.
The Bathurst Bulldogs will host Orange City at Ashwood Park, while CSU travel to Mudgee to tackle the Wombats.
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