The Narrabri Eagles are back with a bang.
After forfeiting the 2017 season after playing just three matches, the club has enjoyed one of its best pre-seasons in recent history this year.
And the players’ hard work and dedication will be showcased this Saturday when the club hosts the Crossroads Cup pre-season tournament.
Seven teams will contest the Crossroads Cup.
Two of those will be evenly-split Narrabri sides.
Eagles president Ben Maddern said that pre-season numbers had been positive, and that about 10 people who were not Eagles players had expressed their interest in trying Australian rules football for the day.
The Tamworth Swans, Tamworth Kangaroos, Gunnedah Bulldogs, Moree Suns and New England Nomads will also travel to Leitch Oval to compete for the cup.
Each team will field 14 players at any one time, as opposed to the regular 18.
Maddern said that was decided to increase the speed of the games.
There will also be a women’s exhibition match played between Moree and Tamworth Swans, which will include a handful of Narrabri players.
Matches will run throughout the entire day.
The first match will start at 9am, and the final will begin at 6pm.
One of the main events will see the two Narrabri teams go head-to-head from 4pm.
Each team will play at least three games.
The two sides that contest the final will have played five games.
Maddern said that he was extremely excited for the tournament, which was a free event.
“Hopefully we get a bit of a crowd,” Maddern said.