BATHURST High School will be taking part in the second tie of this year's Astley Cup campaign this Thursday against Dubbo Senior College in unique circumstances.
Normally at the start of a school's second tie they'll have an idea of what they need to do in order to claim the cup or keep their winning chances alive - but that's not the case for Bathurst this year.
Bathurst and Orange High School are still seeking new dates to play the opening day's events of their tie after they were postponed due to snow.
But Bathurst travels to Dubbo buoyed by the fact they currently have a 110-point lead over Orange in their unfinished tie.
Thursday will be first chance for Bathurst's hockey and tennis teams to enjoy cup action.
"It the hockey and tennis teams' first opportunity to show what they've got so they're very excited," Bathurst High School Astley Cup co-ordinator Lachlan Blaikie said.
"We've lost a lot of experience from both of those teams which makes it a bit tougher but it gives a lot of new kids an opportunity. We have a lot of young players coming into each of those sides."
All four remaining sports against Orange, at this stage, look set to take place in term four.
"There's just not enough time left in the term to play those sports, and with Orange and Dubbo playing in week 10 it's a bit of a tough ask to have the kids backing up a couple of days after playing something like rugby league," Blaikie said.
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