Not even a global pandemic could stop the Launceston Tournament entering its fourth decade of showcasing Tasmania's best young soccer talent.
While COVID-19 forced the cancellation of sister events in Hobart and Devonport, the Northern equivalent ran from Friday to a sun-drenched Sunday.
Despite restricting entry to just Tasmanian clubs, the tournament still managed to feature 77 teams across 280 fixtures at two venues for nearly a thousand eager players.
The tireless efforts of staff at the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association and Launceston United Soccer Club ensured both Churchill Park and Birch Avenue were up to the task.
NTJSA operations manager Dale Rigby was delighted the tournament could go ahead.
"We're happy we can still do this for the football community in Tasmania," he said.
"Although the Devonport and Hobart tournaments were unable to go ahead due to COVID restrictions, timing helped us. This is three or four weeks later than normal and we still have access to Churchill Park whereas Hobart had a bit of trouble of trouble with ground access.
"It helped that Launceston United were away on Saturday which enabled us to get Birch Avenue and the club have provided fantastic support.
"We're really happy with all the support we've received in these tough times and people are all doing the right thing with regard to restriction procedures."
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In addition to United, Northern Rangers, Launceston City, Riverside Olympic, Southern Raiders plus several NTJSA rep teams were representing the host city with Ulverstone, Devonport and Cradle Coast Cannons coming from the North-West.
NPL clubs Glenorchy, South Hobart, Olympia, Kingborough and Clarence sent teams from the capital along with several other clubs and schools.
An army of volunteers helped clear surface water from pitches at Churchill while United president Tony Pearce was kept busy on his mower to have Birch Avenue looking perfect.