North East Junior Country Week entered a new era on Sunday.
The competition had traditionally been run in a carnival format, but last year's bushfires and smoke forced officials to examine other possibilities.
"I haven't heard any feedback either way (supporting or against the new format)," Cricket Albury-Wodonga's operations manger David Nichols said.
"One of the coaches has said, especially in the older grades, the under 16s and 17s, there's kids that work, in the 16s it might be part-time work, but in the 17s it could well be full-time, so we'll see how that goes," he said.
(In) the under 16s and 17s, there's kids that work ... if kids are missing out because they're working, that's something we may have to look out.David Nichols
"If kids are missing out because they're working, that's something we may have to look out."
Country Week will run over Sunday-Mondays, followed by Sunday, January 31.
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In the under 16s, Wangaratta Gold defeated CAW Country by 68 runs.
Will Ashton struck 94 in Gold's total of 3-192 and Country replied with 124, Brady Marshall top-scoring with 36.