South West Rocks has played host to the first ever New England Interclub Series event.
Year one of the series will be a brief affair with just two events on the calendar. Triathlon NSW hope to expand it to a minimum of four races next season.
It was the Tamworth Tigers who struck first, narrowly edging out the Armidale Armidillos at the Trial Bay Triathlon.
Victories for Jess McDonald and Joey Sullivan got the Tigers off to a dream start, with podiums from David Hathway and Daniel Nash providing further performance points to the cause.
Michael Farrow, Gregory Hurcum and Kath Little also added to the total with top-10 finishes.
Armidale find themselves just two points adrift of the Tigers heading into the bCU Coffs TRI on March 3.
Phil Hess and Heather Nonhebel notched victories for the Armidillos. Hayden Freeman and Jacqueline King raced to third-place finishes, with Paul Billings, Christopher Pears and Robert Herd managing top-10 finishes.
The Inverell Sapphires were a late scratching from the event but will hope to feature heavily at bcu Coffs, as will the Moree Mongooses and the Gunnedah K-Bears.
The winner of the series will be crowned the inaugural New England interclub champion.
“It is fantastic to have finally locked in an Interclub Series for the New England region," said Chris Cunningham of Triathlon NSW. "The committees at each club have been terrific in entertaining this new concept and turning it into a reality.”