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It has been 18 years since the town of Alpha - situated 450 kilometres west of Rockhampton - has seen regular live and local rugby league.

The club folded back in 2003, but then in 2019, a couple of locals got together and started to work on getting the Alpha Brumbies back together.

In 2020, they participated in the Longreach Nines and were ready to go in the Central West Rugby League competition, but everyone knows what happened then.

The Brumbies again lined up in 2021 at the Longreach Nines and were the surprise packets on the day, just missing out on making the final.

But now, the real footy business has started.

They have had three away games so far, and whilst being competitive... they had not had a win, but their first match at home was the real test in front of the local crowd.

The game had the whole town talking for a number of weeks and last Saturday, all the hard work had been completed by the players, volunteers and coaching staff and it was time for the team to show what they had.

It looked like the whole town had turned up to watch the local boys, and with the town of Alpha’s population only being 340, there was over 300 people at the game.

The Brumbies were up against one of the most successful teams in the Central West competition over the last 10 years - the Winton Devils.

They travelled by bus, leaving Winton at 11.30am to get to Alpha in time for their 6pm game - a one-way distance of a mere 468 kilometres.

When the game started, the crowd wasn’t too sure of what they were going to get, but the local boys did not let them down and were up 30-0 after 30 minutes, giving the locals plenty to cheer about.

Alpha and Winton prepare to pack a scrum.
Alpha and Winton prepare to pack a scrum.

The rest of the game was evenly contested with Alpha running out winners 46-10.

The crowd certainly showed their approval to their local heroes and also to the Winton Devils who were part of this history making event.

After the game, there were plenty of stories told by some of the proud old boys who had played with Alpha years ago and now had their sons lining up for the Brumbies.

A couple of players who played the last game for Alpha 18 years ago played on the night as well, adding plenty of experience to the Brumbies.

Most of the players are ringers working on local properties, which means they are about 100 kilometres from town, but one player who does stand out works on a property 200 kilometres out of town, but still makes the trip to training twice a week.

The celebrations after the game were shared with most of the community alongside the Winton team, who stayed around for about two hours after the game to share stories and drinks with everyone prior to their five hour trip home.

It's these types of players and supporters that make legends in the Outback and they will go on in years to come and tell their own stories to the young up-and-comers.

Congratulations to everyone involved in getting the Alpha Brumbies back playing competitive rugby league.