Mingling with Melbourne Storm players and receiving playing jerseys from a couple of Newcastle Knights.
They were some of the thrills a Group 21 under-16 rugby league side got to experience when they ventured south of the border recently for a one-off rep match.
The Hunter Valley side played the Victorian Thunderbolts at Gosch's Paddock outside AAMI Park - the home of the Melbourne Storm.
While Group 21 lost 26-14, president Peter Emery said the trip - the third undertaken - was all about "experience" for the young boys.
"The whole trip; going away and going into camp," he said. "It was only the weekend but they trained the first day, met the Storm players and watched them train, played the game on the Saturday, and then went to the footy and watched the Storm [versus] Newcastle game.
"To go into it like they did, and train and prepare for it, it's a massive experience to go down to Melbourne."
Mr Emery said the Group 21 side comprised players mainly from Scone, Singleton, Aberdeen and Denman.
The boys trained for about two months in the lead up to the match against the Thunderbolts, which Mr Emery said was a talented outfit for a side from the relative rugby league outpost of Victoria.
"The team that we played last weekend, they actually won the country championships [last year]," he said.
"They have a winner from the north and a winner from the south, and then the north and south play each other ... and Victoria basically wiped the floor with them in the 15's final last year. So they do get a fair bit of football because they play into the southern NSW country area."
The Thunderbolts' victory put them ahead 2-1 in overall results against the Hunter Valley side, which won last year's match 8-6.
Scone's Ryan Clerk was player-of-the-match, nominated by the opposition.
PSSA League Championships
Hunter School Sports Association hosted the NSWPSSA Primary 11s Rugby League Championships at Charlestown last week.
The three-day tournament was held at St John Oval with 12 teams participating.
Sydney West beat regional rivals Sydney South West 18-12 in the final.
Hunter's home-region advantage couldn't help them into the finals with the side finishing a luckless 11th.
UK Cricket tour
Four Hunter boys head to the UK this week with NSW Combined High Schools senior cricket team.
Zane Pearce (Belmont), Eden Brichta (Wests), Nathan Hillier (Cardiff-Boolaroo) and Isaac Barry (UNI) are in a 15-player squad, which will play a dozen matches in 20, 45 and 50-over formats.
They will also attend Australia's World Cup games against New Zealand at Lords and South Africa at Old Trafford.