Hatch desperate for CSU to finish improving season on high notes

FINISH STRONG: Lachie Robinson and CSU Bathurst have improved in recent weeks, and want to continue that against Cowra. Photo: NICK McGRATH
FINISH STRONG: Lachie Robinson and CSU Bathurst have improved in recent weeks, and want to continue that against Cowra. Photo: NICK McGRATH

There’s two weeks left in CSU Bathurst’s 2017 Blowes Clothing Cup season, and the students coach Scott Hatch wants two wins.

“End the competition positively”, that’s how he put it.

The side’s had its struggles, no doubt, but over the last three weeks the students have toppled Parkes on the road, been labelled “impressive” by Orange Emus coach Paul Ringland and gone within inches of toppling fifth-placed Orange City.

A win over Cowra this weekend, then Mudgee to end the year, would be huge.

“We definitely want to win,” Hatch fired.

“I want to end the competition positively and also show them that we’re not just coming across to make up the numbers.

“Orange City, that was very touch and go, so hopefully we get the rub this weekend. The boys now understand that they can compete at this level and have got that connection with the players around them.”

When meeting Cowra earlier this season, CSU was hit hard by injuries. Their No.8, hooker and a second rower failed to see out the contest as the Eagles posted a 60-29 victory.

But now CSU will hold the home ground advantage and with renewed confidence, Hatch knows his men can do better.

“We were very much surprised how good they were (the first time around) because the talk up until then was that they were around our sort of level,” he said.

“But them coming across to us, we’ve got our charity round this week and it’s also our family round, so it’s a big week for us this week and hopefully we can take some revenge from our close loss last week.”

Kick-off is at 3.15pm. CSU will be wearing one-off jerseys which will be auctioned after the game, raising money for Headspace.