2015 Bedourie 9’s
Bedourie is a small town located in the Channel Country of Central West Queensland, Australia, lying on Eyre Creek. It is located 1,600 kilometers west of the state capital, Brisbane, and 200 kilometers (120 mi) north of Birdsville. Bedourie was also the home of the 2015 Bedourie Rugby League 9’s held on the 13th June.
The Bedourie 9’s consisted of 3 teams, Winton, Barcoo Bandits and the local side Bogan Flea’s ( which is named after a local burr) The local ladies team ( Bogan Fleattes) also had 9 players and played in a scratch match against some local men. The competition was from some discussions held by NRL Game Development Officer Rod Dahl and Central West Rugby League President David Kerrigan. Rod and David envisaged the competition to be the culmination of a tour done with NRL Development and Queensland Health. Both the NRL and Queensland Health delivered their messages to schools and communities along the way starting from Longreach and heading through Stonehenge, Jundah, Boulia, Birdsville and then culminating in Bedourie. Both the NRL Development and Queensland Health were warmly received with information as well as NRL give-aways handed out through the towns.
The Bedourie 9’s was won by the Barcoo Bandits, who defeated the Winton Devils. Approx 300 people attended the event which is more than double the town’s population . The day also consisted of some activities for the kids and also a Goal kicking comp which was worth $200 to the winner. Queensland Health was there promoting healthy lifestyle choices and Peter Rafter QRL Operations Manager Queensland Outback Central Division was there with the QRL emblazoned caravan of courage, which the community thought was fantastic. Overall the event was very successful and plans are already underway for next year.
The QRL, NRL Development and Queensland Health would like to thank all the communities as well as everyone assisted with making the day possible. Checkout Photo Gallery for photos from the tour.