It was a welcome return to the park for footy players across the region at the weekend - especially the youngest in the community.
Appin's junior rugby league players were among many grassroots footballers who were able to lace up their boots after local rugby league was given the green light to resume in Macarthur following a Covid-19 delay.
Appin Dogs Junior Rugby League Club committee spokeswoman Kristy Millers said getting the kids back on the field was a big win for the community.
"We're grateful to be able to get the kids back on the field for at least part of the season," she said.
"The benefits of community sport are enormous, especially in a time like this.
"The kids were jumping out of their skin to get back to footy."
A delay in the season means there will only be eight rounds of scheduled games - seven now remain after the completion of round one at the weekend - after several initial rounds were played earlier in the year. Kids over 10 years old will also get to play finals.
Ms Millers said she was delighted Walker Corporation had continued to support the junior rugby league club for another season.
"We are so grateful to have such a great community partnership with Walker and we have really valued their support over the past two years," she said.
"Thanks to our partnership we're able to give each player headgear, which is so important to keep everyone safe. Headgear is compulsory for all of our players under our club policy - Walker's support has helped make this possible."
Walker and the Appin Dogs Junior Rugby League Club extended their partnership for another year this season, with Walker providing new first aid equipment, personalised headgear, water bottles, and club jackets to all players. Walker also provided the full playing kit for the girls' league tag teams.
Walker Corporation's Michael Cox said it was terrific to see the club so committed to safety.
"We're delighted to see Appin juniors back on the field with their mates," he said.
"Grassroots sport is the backbone of our communities - it plays a big part in bringing people together."