This year the NSWCA, through the efforts of Brett Tindall, decided to try and reverse this trend. All the leading NSW players were invited directly and consequently the strongest field in a number of years was assembled. In fact it was strong enough to qualify as an IM Norm tournament, with 6/9 being the score required for an IM Norm. The titled players in the event included GM Dejan Antic, IM George Xie, and IM Tibor Karolyi.
And with an event far stronger that previous years, guess who turned out to be the winner? That's right, Greg Canfell. He finished with 6.5/9, scoring his third IM Norm, and earning his