"There was a little bit of rain, but the weather held out, the fields held up, and everyone was pretty happy."
That was the assessment of Forster Tuncurry Touch Association president, Lyn Eason, after the club hosted the Northern Eagles Junior Touch Football Tournament on Sunday, January 19.
Moved to Tuncurry after the drought left the fields at the Taree Recreation Centre in a less than ideal condition, Ms Eason said the teams were shocked to see the Peter Barclay Sports Fields and Harry Elliott Oval in such good states, thanks to the recycled water that'd been used to maintain them.
"I think they were amazed to see we had grass on the fields," she said.
Forty-two teams from across the North Coast competed in the tournament, with the Port Makos named overall champions after taking wins in the under-10s, 14s, 16s and 18s boys and the under-18s girls.
The Taree Flames and the Macksville Falcons both took two wins apiece, while Forster Tuncurry were unfortunate not to get a team through to the finals.
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Ms Eason said there was a high level of competition and plenty of spectators turned out to watch.
"There were lots of people," she said.
"They were all talking about how good some of the teams were."
Asked if the Forster Tuncurry Touch Association would be happy to host the tournament again, Ms Eason said it was a lot of work but it would be something they'd definitely consider.
"Because it ran so well it's something we would look at again if the opportunity was to arise," she said.
"The people who we had help us out were amazing; the hardworking committee and the extra parents."
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