SEVERAL NSW truckies are quite a few dollars richer after the first State of Origin rugby league clash even though their side lost 18-10 to bitter rivals Queensland.
Each year they fork out some of their hard earned "Oxford Scholars" and have a friendly flutter with some Queensland drivers.
For the first game they tried to squeeze some start out of the banana benders considering the Maroons were hot favourites after winning six series in a row.
The 10 points start they were given still seemed generous but proved just how confident the Queenslanders were that their side would beat the Blues easily.
"I was very happy to get such a handsome start for outsiders which they referred to as the Mexicans from south of their border. We backed a winner after backing a loser," one said.
Anyway the Cockroach supporters are expecting no such start now that the series is heading for a decider.
Then there are the truckies who traditionally have a game in the Island of Origin football series, held for the past 26 years at remote Badu Island in the Torres Strait.
It is modeled on the State of Origin and was scheduled for the Queen's Birthday weekend, but has been cancelled for 2012 due to a lack of volunteers to run it.
Right Royal Truckies
ROYAL Ascot Racecourse in England was far away for Aussie truckies who went to see super horse Black Caviar record her 22nd straight win.
Truckies from several states were among thousands of Australians who made the long trip to the Mother Country to see Black Caviar score a narrow win.
I Spy has spoken to more than 20 drivers at several roadhouses during the big Ascot carnival and was told of at least five truckies who were there.
There was a truckie from Boulia in outback Queensland which is a far cry from Ascot.
Along the 400km trip between Winton and Boulia there is only one recreation stop, the remote Middleton Hotel.
Also heard of a South Aussie truckie from around Coober Pedy, one from Bendigo in Victoria, another from Maitland in NSW and a middle aged driver from the Kalgoorlie region of WA.
Their truckie mates can't wait to see pictures of them in their top hats, suits in Black Caviar colours and maybe even tales of sightings of the Queen.
If I Spy can get hold of a couple, we would love to see them.
Cow Attacks NT Truckie
FROM horses to cows.
An NT driver who had stepped from his truck to open a gate at Ramingining was attacked by an angry cow and had to be airlifted to Darwin for treatment.
The 62-year-old driver was flown with a CareFlight doctor and nurse from where the attack occurred to Royal Darwin Hospital.
This incident occurred late last month and the surprised man was tossed into the air by the force of the cow and then was stomped on by it.
A friend went to his aid and was also attacked as he distracted the cow away from the injured truckie.
He was fortunate to escape with leg injuries.
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