The third women's nines carnival hosted by Albury Thunder proved to be the biggest to date according to Thunder president Rick O'Connell.
The full-contact event saw two days of play with teams battling it out across three age categories for the first time, with the introduction of the under-14's competition this year.
O'Connell said over 1000 people passed through the gates on Saturday, with numbers also healthy for the finals on Sunday.
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"We've seen some great rugby league and it's certainly going to help the growth of the game," O'Connell said.
"We had six teams entered in the first year of under-14's.
"I think it will hopefully give them the appetite to keep playing in the future."
O'Connell admitted it was also a terrific effort from his club in the carnival, with a grand final win and semi-final berth.
Wodonga Storm also had sides competing in the open and under-14's competition on the weekend.