ST Mary's College have retained the Brian Lenton Shield after their annual clash with friendly rivals Gunnedah High School.
Kaleb McIlveen starred for St Mary's in the 58-18 victory, earning himself the Kamilaroi medal for the best-on-ground.
Named after Gunnedah Bulldogs legend Brian Lenton, the game pits the two schools against each other in an annual AFL game.
St Mary's coach Oliver Neader said the annual game has "grown year on year".
"It was definitely bigger than last year," Neader said.
"I was really excited to see the community supporting the game as well as both schools.
"I hope it's an event that stays on the calendar for many years to come."
Gunnedah High School coach Sam Proudfoot said this year's game had added motivation as it was part of both schools NAIDOC Week celebrations.
"I particularly appreciated how the Indigenous aspect has been enhanced through the Kamilaroi medal, welcome to country, minute silence and specially designed jerseys," Proudfoot said.
"All are symbols of reconciliation and help to start conversation around these key issues."
Proudfoot said he was hopeful the annual game would act as a "launching point" for more juniors to take up the sport.
"Between both teams we had about six or seven players who have been involved with the Gunnedah Bulldogs, which is roughly double what we had last year," he said.
"For me as a coach, in the space of one year, we went from absolutely battling to get a full team, to this year having to make tough selection calls, which is a good problem to have.
"What was also great to see was regular Bulldogs players like Mark Barrow, Garry Briggs, Mark Ewington, John Woolaston and Hamish Russell giving up there time to help organise and run such a successful day.
"The support is there for sure given how many Bulldogs players volunteered their time to help take part.
"I think it would be great to have some more stuff next term through AFL North West."