Warialda Public School made history last week when they became only the third team outside of Sydney to win the NSW PSSA State Rugby Union Championship in the last 70 years.
The U13s side made a stellar 14-nil come-from-behind over Valentine Public in the semi-final after being down in the first half of the game.
Tom Bell crossed the try line twice while Os van Velthuizen and Sam Hall also scored. Van Velthuizen converted all four tries successfully.
The final score was a close 28-26 seeing the boys just scrape through to the final against Orange Public School.
Described as a nerve-racking game, not only for the Warialda students but also principal and super coach Dan van Velthuizen, the local side won 17-7 claiming the Bryan Palmer Shield.
Lachlan Hawkins, Tom Bell and Os van Velthuizen crossed the line for Warialda in the final, with van Velthuizen converting one from three successfully.
The huge feat was picked up my metropolitan media outlets and is still the talk of the town not just in Warialda, but also Inverell.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall made a special visit to the school on Friday after their triumphant return from Sydney.
"Against the backdrop of an enormous journey to Sydney, extreme drought an the fact that many of the boys only played their first game of rugby this year, their achievement is inspiring.
"They've done themselves and Warialda incredibly proud. I was thrilled to congratulate the boys personally, as well as principal Dan, who has done such a great job coaching these lads to statewide success," he said.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and former Warialda Public School student, said the win was inspired by 10-year-old teammate Darcy Mitchell who was recently injured in a farm accident.
"I'm proud of this huge effort, and how special it would have been for Darcy to witness, and so too is the entire town.
"I'd like to commend school principal and team coach on this success. Dan has done a wonderful job with the team."
Mr Coulton said the outstanding win was a testament to the strength of the town in the face of adversity.