Waratahs played host to the final round of the Paul Kelly Cup on Wednesday as two sides from the boys and girls categories confirmed their progression to the Greater Western Sydney regional finals at Blacktown in May.
Made up of students from years five and six, event saw 42 teams throughout the Central West come to play as the Bathurst's Holy Family reigned supreme in the girls category, while Dubbo's St Mary's blitzed the competition in the boys.
Bletchington was the only Orange side to visit the competition but fortunately registered a win at the end of the day over Cowra.
AFL Central West development coordinator Casey White it was a great result for the Bathurst school.
"Another year and another Holy Family team through to the next round. It's awesome for them," he said.
"It's great to see certain schools continue to perform really well in this competition and with the year 5s coming through, they see the success of their year 6s and they want to get involved and play.
"It's really exciting for Holy Family. It's also exciting for the St Mary's boys from Dubbo. We wish them luck as they go through the next round."
White said there was a good turnout from schools across the region through all the previous carnivals in the lead up to Wednesday's regional qualifier.
"It was a really good day. It was great to see the kids get involved as always, but also seeing the wide range of schools and communities participating this year," he said.
While Bletchington was the only local side to make the trip, White said it was good to see them close Thursday on a high.
"They weren't supposed to play in a competitive bracket but one of the sides pulled out in the morning and they got the call-up," he said.
"It was good to see them finish without a win against Cowra."
According to White, there was a strong push to field more sides from Orange and despite sending out several invitation, just the one school answered the bell.
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