GROUP 3's under 14s representative rugby league team made history at the AAMI Championships at Port Macquarie over the weekend.
In a top defensive effort, the team didn't concede a single point over two days of competition against some fine rugby league talent.
G3 amassed an incredible 134 points in four games at Regional Stadium, but was knocked out of the competition by the cruellest of blows.
The locals had a 0-0 draw with Newcastle yesterday, but the Novocastrians went through to the finals because they received the first penalty of the match.
G3 coach Rod Hollis thought the match should have gone to golden point.
"We were coming home strongly," he said.
"But you have to abide by the rules. It was a bitter pill to swallow."
Hollis's team started the competition in fine style on Saturday, with a 52-0 thrashing of Group 18. G3 followed it up with a 44-0 win over Group 21.
After the Newcastle match, Hollis's team beat Group 2, 38-0.
"I'm told we made history," Hollis said.
"Our defensive game was superb."
The Newcastle coaching staff had plenty of praise for G3.
"They said we were the hardest team they'd come up against," Hollis said.
Hollis didn't want to single out players as standouts of the tournament.
"The whole team was outstanding," he said.
No injuries made the weekend even better.,
"Nothing apart from the odd cork - the rough and tumble of the game," Hollis said.
"It's nothing a bit of ice can't fix."
The team will now go into the second tier of the state playoffs next weekend at Cessnock.
Under 15s' semi final result
Group 3's under 15s team was knocked out of contention at the semi final stage on Sunday.
The host team went down 20-4 to Newcastle.
Earlier, the Joel Edwards-coached team beat Group 18 36-10 and Group 21 8-0.
Edwards was understandably proud of his players.
"It was a great performance by the boys," he said.
"They did the area proud."