Dubbo and District Junior Rugby League President Bernard Wilson has praised all involved for ensuring the competition's recent return went off without a hitch last weekend.
"For our first back and everything, it all went off pretty much smoothly," Wilson said after spending the weekend in Forbes overseeing proceedings.
"That's thanks to everyone who contributed and that means the parents, kids and everyone involved, they were all trying to do the right thing out there, which is great."
"With how the world is and how many guidelines there are to keep in mind, everyone's doing the best job they can."
Things looked grim for the competition early in the year, when it seemed all but inevitable that the COVID-19 pandemic would put an end to live sport, but a return to something approaching normality has been welcomed by all the players.
"The kids are beside themselves, I've honestly never seen so many happy kids and so many kids thrilled to be back out there," Wilson said.
"Even just being able to sport and be a bit back to normal for them, we've seen how happy they are to be back in training."
While Wilson acknowledged the return to playing without a proper pre-season had been tough for some, he walked away impressed with what he saw across the weekend at a number of games.
"I think the extended break's definitely affected their skillset to a degree, they haven't had a footy in there hands really for that period of time which is tough," Wilson said.
"Right now, it's a lot more ball than usual, but it's only going to take these kids a couple of weeks and they'll be right back in, picking it all back up again."
The competition's also managed to become stronger than before, with a number of extra sides featuring this year.
"It's strange, we're a bigger competition now with Parkes, Forbes, Dunedoo and Gilgandra all getting involved with our regular teams here and out at Nyngan and everything, so we're travelling across the state a little bit more than usual," Wilson said.
"But that's what we want and it's all worked brilliantly, I ended up at Parkes the other day and it was all fantastic, they really did a tremendous job of hosting the games on the day."
The solid results across the board has the commitee hopeful that whatever happens in the future, play will be able to continue.
"So long as we can get our parents and clubs to stay on board and we keep following the recommendations laid out by the government and NSWRL, I don't see why it would stop," Wilson said.
"It's a little bit of sacrifice, sure, but it's a lot of reward for the kids out there, as long as we don't have any selfish people ruining it for everyone, there's no reason to stop."
Wilson also thanked the committee and the playing group for working hard behind the scenes to ensure that a season would be played this year, after a long period of doubt and uncertainty.
"Emily Sutcliffe and Miranda Richardson in particular, I think they're a big reason footy even got going in our area, the amount of work and extra hours they put in has been amazing."
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