BATHURST Touch Football timed their season to perfection, capping off another successful competition right as tougher coronavirus restrictions were enforced across the state.
The recent grand finals were all hotly contested matches, and the last day of the season had a couple of surprise results and an exciting conclusion to the new premier league division.
In a premier league grand final matchup which looked a likely meeting midway through the season, BSC Bandits accounted for Central West Electrical to take the inaugural title.
In the premier league mixed battle The Fijians came from third spot on the ladder to take an upset win over Body FX.
Bathurst Touch Football co-ordinator Tony Lewis said grand finals arrived at just the right time.
"We continue to go from strength to strength, and our competition numbers reflect that. We're really pleased that we were able to get the season over and done with. I'm thinking if we went another week we wouldn't have been able to play," he said.
"I gave teams the option if they wanted to play the grand final. We had one forfeit which came from a team who all worked together ... and I had to respect that decision.
"We're able to play finals series all the way down. If we have a 16-team competition then teams one to four have their own series, same as five to eight. It's value for money and most people appreciate having those extra games to play."
Lewis said some surprise results made for an exciting end to the season.
"The standard was certainly high in premier league and they made a big effort with showing up to play," he said.
"We had an upset in the men's Monday competition with a Stannies side won the grand final against a much more fancied team. It would have been interesting to see how those boys stacked up against some of the premier league teams."
Importantly, numbers of participants for the season remained consistent with previous years.
Lewis said the game has continued to show strong development, and it wouldn't be possible without excellent support from the city's referees.
"Our numbers are certainly very good. We're a well-oiled machine with how our competition is run and our greatest asset are our referees, and the number of them we had," he said.
"We had rained out matches, matches cancelled due to air quality, matches cancelled due to Elton John so it was a funny old season but we never had a game where we didn't have a qualified referee on the field.
"The one thing which stands us apart from Orange and Dubbo - who have more player numbers than us - is that we have that depth and commitment from our referees."