It was a wet and muddy weekend full of football spirit.
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Twenty teams travelled from Lithgow, Mudgee, Newcastle and Portland to compete in the 14th annual Nick Way Memorial Touch Football Knockout on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9.
Every year the competition is hosted by the Portland Touch Football Association at Saville Park, Portland.
From 8am keen footballers were setting up their shelters from the rain for the weekend ahead and organisers were setting up fields and a barbecue to keep spectators and players fed.
Association president and event organiser Brady McCann said it was a wet weekend which led to only one day of games being played.
"On Saturday we had a bit of break in the rain for games to continue being played, and it helped with field conditions but I can't say the same for Sunday," he said.
Due to heavy rainfalls Sunday was declared a washout due to player welfare.
"Player safety was our main concern.
"Because of the weather we weren't able to crown a winner with no finals games being able to be played," McCann said.
However, the Nick Way Memorial Trophy was still awarded to a player who showed the best spirit in games.
It was another great weekend of remembering Nick and his love of the game and that's what it's all about.- Portland Touch Football Association president Brady McCann
This year the trophy went to Portland's Shane McDonagh.
"The trophy goes not necessarily to the best player, but to the person playing in the spirit of the game, in that happy go lucky way, enjoying it in the way Nick enjoyed it," McCann said.
Despite the rain McCann said it was still a great weekend.
"It was an absolute ripper weekend of touch footy.
"The weather got the best of us but it was another great weekend of remembering Nick and his love of the game and that's what it's all about," he said.
McCann wanted to thank the teams who travelled far to compete and also those who return every year and show their local support.
He also thanked sponsors of the event.
"Without you guys there would be no knockout, so thank you," he said.
Next year will be the 15th year of the Nick Way knockout and McCann said he hoped to see many new and returning faces.
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