IT'S not every day you pit pensioners against one another in a physical contest.

But that's exactly what's happened every year for the past two decades, with the Outback Seniors Games drawing 17 teams from as far as Quilpie and Roma to compete in Charleville last Friday.

The winning team, this year it was the Quilpie Eagles, gets its name on a perpetual trophy and team members take home individual trophies.

Sandra Washington from the neighbourhood centre was one of the organisers. She said the battle for the cup can be very competitive.

"They think they're playing for a sheep station some times," she said. "Some of them borrow the games, to practice.

"They practice every year. Initially it started to get the senior citizens more active".

The organisers are careful to make sure there's no advantage to people who can walk. For instance, they make people sit to throw bean bags.

The oldest player this year was Phyllis Johnson, a few months off 100 years old.

Born in January 1917, she might have borne witness to the return of the first Anzacs.

This year's senior citizens games aimed to jolt her memory of that time, with the theme being the year of the Anzac. One team, the Quilpie Opals, dressed up in slouch hats and military gear.

They play games like ten pin bowls, quoits, bean bag throwing and a mystery game. This year it was a spelling bee.


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