STUDENTS from as far away as Maitland, Taree and Wyong have converged on Tamworth for a soccer gala day.
Teams battled it out in a number of games on Monday afternoon, the host team going through the day with a winning record.
The day's winners will now go onto the next stage of the Combined Independent Schools soccer tournament.
As the host school, Carinya Christian School sports co-ordinator Charles Bickersteth said the day had been a great success.
"Essentially it is just the Hunter Christian schools that have come up for this gala day," Bickersteth said.
"All up there was eight schools competing, for a total of 32 teams in the open boys, girls and under-15 girls and boys. I think all of the kids have had a lot of fun and have played some really good soccer."
Bickersteth said Carinya had been well-represented on the day and would look forward to the next stage of competition.
"From here, the winning teams will go off to the state Christian schools gala day," he said.
"That's in Sydney at the end of term and will be of a really high quality."
Caryina's impressive display comes after its boys' soccer team progressed to the quarter finals of the Combined Independent Schools Football Cup.
"Our guys travelled the eight hours down to Lismore and came away with the win," Bickersteth said.
"They played so well against their local competition in The Armidale School and Calrossy, so it was good to see them go again in Lismore."
Caryina will now host St Pius later this month with a chance to progress even further in the tournament.
"If we win that game we will go onto to facing some of the private schools in Sydney," Bickersteth said.
"St Pius will be tough to beat, I know our guys are looking forward to the challenge."