The annual Bedourie Nines were played recently at one of the most remote footy fields in Australia – found 1800 kilometres west of Brisbane, next to the Simpson Desert.
They play footy for a different reason out in the Chanel Country and you can see it in the attitude of the players before, during and after each game.
There are mates playing together, however, when facing off in opposition, the footy is as hard as the cricket pitch in the middle of the field in both the men's and women’s games.
There were some spectacular tries scored and equally spectacular defence with all teams really enjoying themselves.
The Mount Isa Wanderers took out the women’s final against the local Bogan Fleaettes.
The Wanderers put in a couple of big games and were deserving winners on the day.
There were some amazing efforts from the local women who only get to play once a year at this carnival.
The Boulia Bulls took out the men’s competition for the first time in four years, playing against the local Bogan Fleas.
There was plenty of support for both teams and they did not let their fans down.
It was estimated the town's population of 122 was tripled on the weekend with locals, players and supporters all enjoying a day and night out at the footy ... this being their yearly opportunity to watch live footy.
The annual event is one of the most relaxed events in rugby league, with the locals making sure that everyone who attends enjoys their hospitality starting with the Friday evening meet and greet barbecue.
This hospitality extends through to the Saturday night entertainment and auction which raised money for local charities.
Funds raised were also donated to the Ride for a Cure event which started in Bedourie the following day.
NRL legend Preston Campbell once again attended the event and although he didn’t play because apparently he couldn’t get a pair of footy boots, he helped out all day by refereeing a game as well as running water for the women.
A big thank you must be extended to the NRL Development staff who all jumped in by playing and helping ref a couple of games.
They also attended a number of schools on the way to and from the Diamantina Shire.
Just like in previous years, the children at these schools really appreciate the annual visit - one of the very few they get during the year.