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A total of 805 participants from 47 teams participated in 87 games of Rugby League at the 2016 Harmony Cup on Saturday - a celebration of culture, diversity and The Greatest Game Of All.

The annual fixture, hosted at St Marys, was the biggest one yet, with an under-16s girls division staged for the first time. Samoa won that inaugural competition, in an emotional extra-time victory over Western Sydney Indigenous which will stick in the memory of spectators forever.

Italy proved to be a surprise packet in the under-18s men's division, progressing all the way to the final for the first time. They were eventually defeated by Fiji in the decider, who had been a standout throughout the pool stage. The Victorian Marvels also took out their maiden title in the Opens Women's division, with a large number of supporters travelling from the southern state to see their team defeat the Cook Islands 22-14.

The final match of the day was the under-16s boys' decider, where Western Sydney came from behind to defeat Samoa in a thrilling encounter. Western Sydney captain Mitchell Dodds was a standout in that game as his side capped off another successful installment of the Harmony Cup.

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.