UPDATE: 2014 Astley Cup: Orange High win tie against Bathurst High

FRIDAY, 5PM: Orange High finished its Astley Cup tie on a high today by beating Bathurst High 28-22 (56-44 points split) in the rugby league. 

This have given Orange 485-315 win.

Orange High will travel to Dubbo next week for the final tie in the Astley Cup.

FRIDAY, 2PM:

ORANGE High School has won its Astley Cup tie against Bathurst High School.

The home side's 52-48 win in this afternoon's athletics competition takes OHS out to an unassailable 429-271 lead ahead of this afternoon's rugby league game.

Orange High will head to Dubbo next week to face Dubbo College, with all three schools still a chance of taking the 2014 title.

FRIDAY, 12.30PM:

ORANGE High's netball side has rammed home their school's advantage over Bathurst High with a crushing 58-20 win today.

The netball win, along with Orange High's earlier basketball victory, have handed the hosts an overall 377-223 lead heading into this afternoon's athletics and rugby league clashes.

FRIDAY, 12PM:

ORANGE High School has won this morning's basketball 46-41 to extend their advantage over Bathurst High School.

But, judging by this post on the Bathurst High 'Astley Cup Defence 2014' Facebook page, the visitors won't be going down without a fight.

FRIDAY, 8AM:

Check out our photos from yesterday's games around Orange. We'll be adding to the gallery today as more sports get underway.

PARTY TIME: The Orange High School's girls football team celebrate a goal during Thursday's 2-1 win over Bathurst High School. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

PARTY TIME: The Orange High School's girls football team celebrate a goal during Thursday's 2-1 win over Bathurst High School. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

FRIDAY, 7AM:

Day two of the Astley Cup tie between Orange High School and Bathurst High School is shaping up as a tight contest.

This morning's basketball and netball fixtures will prove crucial if Bathurst are to make any headway into Orange's 100-point advantage by day's end.

Central Western Daily sport journalist Matt Findlay has written a full overview of the day one action, as well as a match report from the Orange High girls' emphatic win at the Orange Hockey Centre.

Stay tuned to this page throughout the day for up-to-date results, stories and photos.

WELL SUPPORTED: Orange High School students get behind their football teams during Thursday's games. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

WELL SUPPORTED: Orange High School students get behind their football teams during Thursday's games. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

THURSDAY, 4PM:

ORANGE High School has a 100-point lead going into tomorrow's second day of their Astley Cup tie with Bathurst High.

Bathurst won the boys' football 2-0 to earn a 72-25 points split, however, Orange scored an upset 2-1 victory in the girls' football for 67-33.

This gives Orange a 250-150 overall lead going into tomorrow's action.

Friday's competition will start with the boys' basketball at the Orange PCYC at 9.15am.

THURSDAY, 2PM:

Bathurst High School have won the Mulvey Cup debating competition.

THURSDAY, 1PM:

Orange High School's girls hockey team has cemented the school's lead over Bathurst High School mid-way through day one of their Astley Cup tie.

An 8-1 victory at the Orange Hockey Centre translated into an 89-11 points win for the hosts, taking their overall lead to an impressive 158-42 after two events.

GALLERY: PHOTOS FROM THE GIRLS HOCKEY GAME

ON THE ATTACK: Orage High School's Hayley Butcherine takes the attack to Bathurst High School during Thursday's girls hockey game. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ON THE ATTACK: Orage High School's Hayley Butcherine takes the attack to Bathurst High School during Thursday's girls hockey game. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

THURSDAY, 12.30PM:

ORANGE High School has taken the early lead over Bathurst High School in day one of their Astley Cup tie after winning this morning's tennis rubber.

The hosts won 11 sets to five at the Orange Indoor Tennis Centre, handing them an overall points advantage of 69-31.

The girls hockey match is currently being played at the Orange Hockey Centre.

THURSDAY, 8AM:

Welcome to our coverage of the 2014 Astley Cup tie between Orange High School and Bathurst High School.

Over the next two days the two schools will compete in a range of sports, with each game counting to an overall total which will determine this year's champion.

We'll be updating this page with scores and photos over the next two days, as well as links to other Astley Cup stories.

Last week Bathurst High won the opening tie of the 2014 competition, their 485-315 point win over Dubbo College putting in them in the box seat to take honours again.

And it seems Bathurst's pretty confident ahead of this morning's trip west on the Mitchell Highway.

Central Western Daily sport journalist and former Orange High student Matt Findlay has written a preview which reveals Orange High's plan of attack, as well as an opinion piece about why the Orange school's 2014 campaign will be a successful one.

To whet your Astley Cup appetite here's a small gallery of photos from the 2013 competition.

The second tie in Orange will get underway this morning, with the tennis starting at 9.15am at Orange Indoor Tennis Centre, before Orange Hockey Centre hosts a much-anticipated girls’ hockey clash at 11.30am.

The all-important Mulvey Cup debate starts at 1pm, at Orange High, before the girls’ and boys’ football this afternoon.

On Friday, the basketball and netball kick off at 9.15am and 10.45am respectively, at Orange PCYC, before the action returns to Orange High for the athletics at 12.15pm.

At 2.30pm, Orange High’s resurgent open rugby league team takes on Bathurst in a game doubling as the Western School Sport Association final.

If you have a message of support for any of the students, teams or schools competing please post it to our 'Central Western Daily Sport' Facebook page or tweet it using the hashtag #AstleyCup2014 and we'll embed it in this coverage.

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