WAGGA touch football stalwart Chris Dowell believes the new-look mixed premier league can expand further next year after helping guide Tigers to a 7-5 grand final win over Storm at Jubilee Park on Tuesday night.
Despite losing just one game all year, including three previous wins over Storm, the Tigers only sealed the premiership with two late tries to Dowell and Brocke Argus after scored were locked at 3-all at halftime.
The competition's inaugural season featured four teams sponsored by local businesses, with talent evenly distributed by a selection panel.
"We were even basically all the way through the game, it was just those last few minutes where we got them on the back foot and got a couple of tries up," Dowell said.
"It's refreshing to have a new concept and bring this mixed (league) in. A lot of people get around the mixed touch scene because it's very social, and we can learn a lot from each other.
"As a concept I think it's going to take right off and hopefully we get a couple more teams enter next season.
"I definitely think there's a lot of players out there with the ability to play premier league so I think a couple more teams would make a really good comp."
Dowell said the concept had proved an ideal avenue for the the top young talent to learn from the best players in the city.
"The younger ones have a great attitude and are willing to listen and learn and taken things on board," Dowell said.
"We've got some really strong juniors, especially in the 16s and 18s age groups and I see a lot of those players going on to represent and build their way to the top."