Orange High School students reach for the sky in convincing Astley Cup win

JUMP START: Orange High’s Max Pearce gets his shot up during the basketball win over Bathurst High in Astley Cup action yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0620sgastley1

JUMP START: Orange High’s Max Pearce gets his shot up during the basketball win over Bathurst High in Astley Cup action yesterday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0620sgastley1

ORANGE High School secured a dominant victory in its Astley Cup tie with Bathurst High, winning all four events on Friday.

On the second and final day of play, Orange High scored victories in netball, basketball, athletics and rugby league to secure a 485-315 overall win.

Taking a 100-point lead into the second day, Orange High produced a stunning display to beat out their heavily-favoured basketball opponents, winning 46-41 to take a 53-47 overall points split.

A crushing 58-20 win (74-26 split) in the netball had Orange High sitting pretty with two events left, 154 points in the lead.

The hosts’ athletics team produced, taking a 52-48 split to secure an unassailable 429-271 lead.

Just for good measure, Orange High’s rugby league team beat out Bathurst 28-22, in a game that also secured them a spot in the state’s final 16.

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“It’s an amazing feeling,” Orange High Astley Cup coordinator Tegan Dray said after the win.

“We had so many outstanding performances, especially in the basketball. The boys had been playing great basketball and produced when we needed them to.

“We’ve been building to this for a couple of years, to instil a culture in the younger kids. The seniors have been instrumental in their support, and the crowds today were great.”

The tie win means Orange High needs only defeat Dubbo Senior College next week to win its first Astley Cup since 2006 - easier said than done according to Dray.

“Dubbo travelled well against Bathurst, so we can’t take them lightly,” she said.

“Bathurst beat Dubbo, and we beat Bathurst so there is a certain amount of confidence there, but they will be tough. 

“We need to try and put in the same effort we did here next week.”

Orange High takes on Dubbo, in Dubbo, next Wednesday and Thursday.

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