ORANGE High is determined to win back the piece of silverware which has eluded them for five years.
The opening Astley Cup tie will start today with Orange High hosting Bathurst.
Orange last won the Astley Cup in 2006.
Since then Dubbo has won three in a row from 2007-09 before Bathurst celebrated victory in 2010.
Dubbo took back the title last year.
The Orange High senior players are keen to start their campaign well with a win over Bathurst.
“We’re pumped this year. We really want to win,” Tash Rudd said.
“This year’s our year,” Maddi Kelly added.
Orange will be confident of taking the points in the netball and girls’ hockey today while the boys’ basketball should be tight along with athletics.
“I think we expect to be strong in hockey and netball because we’ve already beaten Bathurst and Dubbo in the Combined High Schools competition,” Orange High School Astley Cup coordinator Tegan Dray said.
“Soccer will be a lot closer this year based on previous CHS results. Our league team has come off a couple of good wins and close games.”
Orange downed Bathurst in the boys’ and girls’ football knockout competition earlier this year and Orange High took out the Western netball title.
The second Astley Cup round will on June 21-22 when Dubbo hosts Orange.
The final tie will be on June 27-28 with Bathurst hosting Dubbo.
Today’s sporting events will start at 9.30am with the netball at the Orange PCYC.