Inverell was strongly represented in both the women's and men's divisions at the NSW Country Rugby Championships held in Tamworth over the June long weekend.
Seven of the Inverell Highlanders women's side was chosen for the Central North representative team.
For majority of the women's side, it was their first experience playing 15 a-side rugby.
Simone Lickorish, Samaria Kennedy, Lucy Prudden, Bonnie Miller, Lauren Nott, Jessica York and Mykayla Crisp had a number of Sunday training sessions prior.
"The sessions prepared us for having so many more people on the field which included set plays, line outs and scrums," Miller said.
In game one, Central North lost to Central West 10-Nil and in game two the girls were defeated by Illawarra 12-Nil.
Playing off for fifth and six place in game three, Central North lost to Hunter 15-5.
"Despite not winning a game we were all very happy with our performance considering these teams play 15 a-side on a regular basis," she said.
The local players thanked coaches Dale Beattie (Inverell), Lincoln Stewart (Gunnedah), Matthew Hannay (Gunnedah) and manager Katrina Byers for their time and effort.
Meanwhile, Highlanders Stephen Robson, David James, Pulu Maea and Scott Houston were selected to play in the Central North men's side.
They was success in game one winning 41-12 against Western Plains followed by a loss to Far North Coast (50-28).
Coached by Inverell's Colin Mayes, the boys played for the 'Richardson Shield' in tier two.
The boys placed second with Maea named as a standout among the Inverell men scoring five tries over two games.