A sea of blue swarmed upon Jack Woolaston Oval in Tamworth on Sunday for the 2017 Group Four First Division grand final day.
Anticipation was in the air, with the Narrabri Rugby League Football Club represented in three grades.
They were the under-18s, reserve grade and first grade matches.
But the hundreds of Narrabri fans in attendance left the ground heartbroken, with all three sides going down in their respective matches.
However, there was one more feeling that was significantly stronger than heartbreak.
That was pride.
Pride in the club’s performances on and off the field in all grades throughout the 2017 season.
Pride in the 18s, reserve grade and first grade teams for all qualifying for the grand finals.
And pride in all three side’s performances on the day.
All three matches were tough affairs, as was expected with each being
contested by the two top-ranked sides in the respective divisions.
In the under-18s match which kicked off the day for the Blues, the home side North Tamworth was too good, winning the game 38-18.
Narrabri crossed for four tries and kicked one goal, but the minor premiers went over for seven tries and kicked five goals to win by 20 points.
In reserve grade Narrabri led for most of the game, but with less than five minutes to go the Gunnedah Bulldogs established a 24-22 lead which it clung onto until the final siren.
In that match Narrabri went over for four tries and kicked three conversions.
Gunnedah score six tries, but scored no goals.
Finally, in first grade, the Blues took on minor premiers North Tamworth, who were playing at home looking for a fourth-straight grand final win.
The Bears won the contest 30-22.
In that decider Narrabri bagged four tries, and converted three goals.
North Tamworth also kicked three goals, but scored six tries which created the eight-point gap which the 2017 champions won by.