Derbies return with CSUFC to field two first grade sides for the first time

Just a week after CSUFC made the decision to eliminate derby football by fielding just one second-grade side in 2017, it appears as though derbies will return!

The decision to field just one second-grade men’s side was a huge talking point among players and fans alike, however, following a ruling by the Bathurst District Football Association, we will, in fact, see two CSUFC sides take to the field in the same grade this season.

Bathurst Football will feature a new and improved ‘Premier League’ this season, featuring first-grade sides from previous years, as well as a number of sides who featured in the classier end of the second-grade table in 2016.

Cowra, Lithgow Workies and Mudgee will all make the step up and aim to become the giant killers of the new-look competition.

The Bathurst Premier League is set to up the tempo on players, forcing second-grade sides to fire or flail when pit against a more elite opposition.

First Grade White took out the competition in 2016 and will be a tough team to beat this year.

The sole CSUFC second-grade side has been moved up the ranks into first-grade, with Rhys Manners in charge of the newly introduced underdogs. Mitch Kunnen and Calum Williams will co-coach CSUFC White while Manners’ side will be red in both name and jersey. Expect to see some exciting footballing contests between the two sides.

These changes, while sudden, should provide CSUFC with an exciting new chapter in the club’s history. The major changes that the club has been forced to undergo usher in a new era of stronger, more resilient Stags and Vixens than ever before.

Newly-promoted coach, Rhys Manners, considers this change a positive challenge for everyone involved.

“Whilst this wasn’t the best outcome for all. CSU have stepped up to the plate and are willing to take on the challenge by nominating a second 1st-grade team and also moving our 3rds into second grade. The season will prove to be tough, but as always, I’m predicting a strong performance for stags and vixens alike.”

The introduction of a Premier League into the Bathurst competition will certainly be a challenging task for CSUFC, however, the football played will be bigger and better than ever.

Both Red and White have confirmed their squads, and training will heat up over the coming weeks as players ready themselves for one of the hardest footballing challenges Bathurst has ever dished up.

Bring it on.

1st Grade White Squad:

Bryan Warren (GK)
Callum Cauduro
Toby Spora
Todd Jeffree
Andrew Smith
John Henry
Semon Rakiwskyj
Jaydon Hannaford
Doug Connor
Oliver Briggs
James Shaw
Jake Brown
Ben Green
Alec Geelan
Felix Croshaw
Callum Weafer

Full 2nd Grade Red Squad:

Aaron Reilly
Alec Dolby
Alex Mills
Angus Granger
Aymon Bertah
Baden Smith
Blake Sanders
Caillin O’Neill
Dylan Anlezark
Jake Rosengarten
Josh Decent
Lachlan Balcombe
Oliver Parry (GK)
Pierrick Jacquety
Ryan Beetson
Shaun Paterson

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