AFTER six weeks of competition, the winners of the inaugural Leeton Community Cup have climbed their way to the top.
In the men's division, the Hotel Leeton Marlins defeated the Wade Hotel Hornets, while in the women's the Hornets were able to defeat the L&D Dragons to claim the league tag prize.
This year was the first time the Community Cup has been held in Leeton and it was deemed a resounding success by players, supporters and sponsors.
The concept was organised and director by Leeton Greens first grade coach Warren Weir who played in a similar competition for many years in Tumut.
Clubs in town sponsored each team, which was made up of players from across the various sporting codes in the shire.
Leeton Greens president Bill Arnold was pleased the concept worked well.
"We've had a lot of positive feedback … there's been a few other issues people have raised with us, but the biggest one was the hot weather and we obviously can't control that," he said.
"We'll be getting together to discuss all of that and I would say it will definitely be going ahead again next year."
Spectators and players were able to donate a gold coin entry fee each week and that money will now be donated to a charity within Leeton shire.
As part of Friday's grand final festivities, there was also a ball drop from a helicopter thanks to Tim and Roger Commins.
Arnold said the competition had also allowed players to get ahead in their pre-season fitness regime.
"I would say now those guys are probably a few steps ahead of the other teams in the area," he said.
"They've been playing footy for five or six weeks now, so they are a step ahead of the game.
"It was pleasing to see the codes come together and play.
"You had guys like Rhys Wilesmith (from the Greens) and Josh Higgins (from Yanco-Wamoon) who usually play against each other, getting to play together for the first time.
"The whole thing was all about community and I think we've achieved that."
The team sponsors also benefited with all sides going back to each venue on a rotational basis to give those locations a monetary boost.
Football clubs were also beneficiaries, with each code given a chance to run a canteen every week.
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