Muddy, blustery and cold conditions didn't dampen the spirits of the Tamworth Roosters as they honoured Jacob Vallender on Saturday.
In a tribute to the much-loved former Rooster, who sadly passed away late last year, the Roosters, Tamworth Kangaroos and Tamworth Swans came together for what was dedicated as the Jacob Vallender Memorial Round.
With No.1 Oval being closed, there was a last minute change of venue with the games moved to Riverside 5.
The Roosters under-14s started the day off against Gunnedah in what was a cracking game.
Jacob's sister Ariella and younger brother Josh both took the field for the Roosters, who are coached by his father Greg, while older brother James, who later lined up for the Kangaroos against the Swans, umpired the game.
The Bulldogs got up in the end 9.7 (61) to 6.8 (44), Josh leading the way for the Roosters with three goals.
He then backed up and played for the under-17s, who were again too strong for an undermanned Moree in a one-sided game.
But, as Roosters manager Sarah Dadd said, the day wasn't about the score, it was about playing footy and enjoying a team sport, and honouring a wonderful young man.
"There was an army of Rooster players past and present, who assisted with games which was a tribute in itself to Jacob," she said.
"There was also a friend of Jacob's from school who knew nothing about AFL but came down to be part of the day."
A special presentation was also made to Jacob's parents, Greg Vallender and Shannon McLeod, of his playing jersey.
Aaron Humbert and Jayden Smeekes both made their debuts for the Roosters 17s in the game, while Vallender, Jack Dadd, who later kicked three goals for the Kangaroos, and Jack Cosgrove were very strong.
Liam Bramley, Ryan Knee and Harry Hagon all doubled up along with Vallender, Knee and Hagon for the first time.
Mason Heywood earlier in the under-14s played his first game for the Roosters