Albury-Wodonga Football Association president Mark Leman has labelled this year's Country Leagues' Football Association Victorian Country Championships in Albury as the best yet.
The three-day event injected an estimated $4 million into the local economy.
The Border association collected five titles with the under-11 white, under-12, under-13 and under-15 boys winning grand finals, along with the under-12 girls, while the under-16s girls finished runners-up.
"It was the biggest country championships ever held, we had more players than ever before," Leman said.
"The feedback was that the Albury facilities were some of the best they've ever seen.
"We were fortunate enough to have the CEO and chairman of Football Victoria attend."
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Leman thanked AlburyCity Council for its support of the event, but was disappointed to have no funding from either the NSW or Victorian state governments.
He revealed NSW wouldn't fund the tournament because it was primarily represented by Victorian kids, while Victoria wouldn't fund it because it was held in NSW.
"At the expense of kids, it's really poor," Leman added.
Leman praised the efforts of host clubs Albury City, Albury United and St Pats, the Albury-Wodonga Soccer Referees Association for providing referees and the AWFA executive committee.
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