It may have been cut short, but preparation for Orange Thunder's junior representative touch sides' assault on the Junior State Cup started off how the club wanted over the weekend.
The Thunder sent 13 teams across 10 divisions to the Peter Wilson Memorial Championships in Nelson Bay.
Orange Thunder representative director Joel Begnall said the side had done "exceptionally well" in extremely hot conditions.
The tournament was cancelled half way through the final day prior to the commencement of the finals series as temperatures soared to 42 degrees, but prior to the event cancellation, a number of Orange teams were still undefeated including boys' under 12s, girls' under 14s and 16s, with several other teams only having the single defeat.
"All teams played extremely well in the trying conditions," Begnall said.
"While it was unfortunate the event was ended early, it was the right decision to make for the safety of the players, but our teams still got tremendous benefit from the weekend".
The Thunder teams now have a couple of weeks preparation before the NSW Touch Football Junior State Cup Southern Conference to be held in Wagga Wagga.
From that tournament, the top 4 placed teams will qualify for the Junior State Cup Finals in Penrith next month.
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