Group 3 rugby league hopes the sight of the Wingham Tigers and Macleay Valley Mustangs at Laurieton Oval will be the catalyst for Camden Haven's return to the competition in coming years.
The two teams played on May 9 following a late change of venue from Kendall Showground as the group attempts to generate an interest in the area who last fielded a senior team 15 years ago.
Group chairman Wayne Bridge said Camden Haven had returned to this year's competition with under-18 and ladies league tag teams.
They hope the club can expand on that.
"Camden Haven have made the application to come back into the competition with those two teams and we have given some (extra senior) fixtures to help with that," he said.
"Hopefully we can get some interest in establishing a pathway through to a seniors side, alongside the ladies and juniors team.
"It would be good to have Camden Haven back in the senior competition.
"We are working with the club on a three to five year plan of forming a senior side, or even a first and reserve side."
Camden Haven won consecutive Group Three first grade premierships in 2005/06 but dropped out of senior grades the next year.
Camden Haven Eagles Junior Rugby League secretary Penny Ashby said she hoped the game had sparked renewed interest.
"Group Three have allowed us to come in with an under 18s and ladies league tag, in the hope that the next few years we will field a reserve and first grade," she said.
"We have enough young ones coming up through the grades to field under 18s for the next two years.
"We have been working for the last two years to get back into the Group Three seniors.
"We want to provide a pathway for kids to play football in their own area, rather than go elsewhere."
The Camden Haven area is represented in the Hastings League by the Laurieton Stingrays.
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