A vanishing breed of Australian bushmen and women gathered at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame on the 30th April and 1st May for the 26th Drovers Reunion. The annual event is a chance for the remaining few old timers to catch up and reminisce over the good ol droving days, to honour the Drovers of days gone by and participate in the hotly contested Outback Games.
‘Boss Drover’ and organiser of the reunion, 84-year-old Hank Cosgrove, says their get-together included a few Outback Games, but nothing too strenuous.
“We’ll see how well they can still crack a whip, make a damper and boil a billy; and chucking a boot at the drover’s dog — a pretend one of course — is a favourite.”
The weekend is full of hilarious games, good old fashion story telling, and iconic Australian history.
For the first time in the events 26 year history, a female has won the ‘Champion Ringer’ title. Congratulations to Mrs Noelene Lindsay from Dalby. A full list of results from the Outback Games can be seen below.
Champion Ringer: Noeleen Lindsay
Damper Making: 1st Desley Chicken
2nd Bill Cooney
Billy Boiling: 1st Jenny Perkins
2nd Noeleen Lindsay
Whip Cracking: 1st Azzie Fazulla
2nd Bill Ward
Boot Throw: 1st Jackson Kelly
2nd Brock McCoy
Nail Driving Mens: 1st Mick Gallagher
2nd John Gillies
Nail Driving Ladies: 1st Judy Cosgrove
2nd Hanna Cossor
Rolling Pin Men: 1st Jackson Kelly
2nd James Fergusson
Rolling Pin Ladies: 1st Keeleigh McCoy
2nd Patsy Ward
Cricket Wicket: 1st Ailsa Mole
2nd Merv Buckley
Horse Shoe Throw: Equal 1st: Geoff Barber & Ailsa Mole
2nd Brock McCoy