VIDEO: Blowes Clothing Cup round nine preview: battle of the best at Endeavour Oval

DERBY DAYS: Orange City's front row prepares to crouch, pause and engage in last season's round 18 derby against Orange Emus. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

DERBY DAYS: Orange City's front row prepares to crouch, pause and engage in last season's round 18 derby against Orange Emus. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

AS if a local derby wasn't spicy enough, Orange Emus and Orange City will also be vying for supremacy on the Blowes Clothing Cup ladder when they clash on Saturday.

Cross-town rivals Emus and City currently sit in third and second positions respectively, with Saturday's victor at Endeavour Oval to pinch a break on the loser at the minor premiership's halfway point.

Central Western Daily sports journalist and Blowes Clothing Cup expert Matt Findlay believes Emus will break their derby hoodoo to claim the points.

Whether or not the fact that Matt plays in the front row for Emus' second grade side contributed to his tip is open for debate.

Regardless, he's right in his assertion that it's certain to be a cracker of a contest.

In other round nine action Bulldogs host CSU Bathurst in their own derby.

Matt and Central Western Daily sports editor Michelle Cook both believe the Bulldogs will prevail at Ashwood Park.

Competition leaders Dubbo Kangaroos will travel to Mudgee.

Despite the home-ground advantage afforded at Jubilee Oval Matt forecasts a one-sided victory for the visitors.

Cowra and Forbes will square off in a game which will have major ramifications in the battle for top-five spots come season's end.

Matt predicts the Platypi will leave Cowra with the four competition points secured.

Finally, Narromine will venture south to Northparkes Oval to face the struggling Boars.

Both Matt and Michelle agree the Gorillas will have too much strike power and should progress up the ladder.

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