Orange scored a crucial victory in the Central West Cup over the weekend and Liam Gibson believes they may have turned the tables on their opponents.
The home side came away with 5-0 and 3-2 wins over the tennis players from Dubbo and Bathurst to lead the series at the halfway point.
"Bathurst has always been the stronger between us and going from the last round where they didn't bring many players to this round where they brought all their best players you could see the difference," he said.
"I think they'll be up and about trying to beat us and that will filter down into the club culture knowing they have to beat Orange now."
It was the doubles where Orange secured the edge. The pairings of Grant Tranter/Will Rikard-Bell, Bruce Johnson/Charlie Godber and Dan Wait/Carl Buchtmann all secured straight set victories.
In the eyes of some, this may well have been the final round of the series, but Gibson and his teammates pushed for the extension of the competition for three more rounds.
The Bathurst and Dubbo squads were more than happy to agree and it means the series will be making its return to the Orange centre on August 29.
Bathurst Tennis Centre manager Andrew Mitton said it's great to see everyone throwing their support behind more rounds of the competition.
"We're very happy about that because we were sitting in second," he laughed.
"Orange were the ones who instigated it and we were happy to go along with it. I think it's more about the tennis than the overall winner because it's just really good quality tennis all the way through, and everyone has the chance to play someone different.
"It's been a good five or six years since we had a competition like this, between ourselves, Dubbo and Mudgee. We've used 13 players over these rounds and we're happy to have a bit of variety, and this team's got a bit of depth."
Mitton said several Bathurst competitors took their game to the next level against strong opponents.
"All of the Orange results could have gone either way," he said.
"Being on hardcourt, I think it took our guys a little bit of extra time to adjust, since we play on the synthetic at Bathurst ... but they did really well."
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