THIS WAS the 12th year of the Junee Poker Run & Blues Night—and it turned into a sensational day & night in the beautiful Riverina region of New South Wales.

The Poker Run drew bike riders from near and afar with a variety of bikes ranging from Harleys, Kawasakis, Indians, BMWs, Postie bikes, Ducatis, some Can Ams, and a few other brands thrown in.

A bus, donated by Junee Buses, took patrons who did not have a bike around the run, catching up with the riders at all the pub stops.

The Poker Run started at the Junee Golf Club at 10.30 am after a well-cooked breakfast and registration, and did a lap around the town (so the locals, who always turn up in force, could wave the riders goodbye) before heading off for a warm day’s ride on some of NSW’s best back-roads.

The Run headed to Marrar for a refreshment stop at the local pub and the first hand of poker.

From there the riders made their way to Temora where the lunch break was taken at the Temora Golf Club; lunch was cooked by the Junee Rescue Squad, the Fire Brigade and Junee CanAssist.

Soon the riders made their way to the Stockinbingal Bowling Club for their second hand of poker.

After a few more drinks, the riders were off to the Wallendbeen Hotel for the third hand of poker.

Then it was on to the Cootamundra Golf Club, the final destination on the ride.

After a few cold refreshments, it was back via the Olympic Way to Junee for a bit of a rest and freshen up before making our way to the Junee Golf Club for a long night of blues music and to let our hair down and enjoy the night.

About 400 people were entertained by Switch to Whiskey, 19 Twenty and The Mighty Yak who entertained the crowds into the wee hours with a lot of rockin’.

Riley Asmus was the MC for the night and did a great job.

The money raised is donated to Junee CanAssist and the Junee Volunteer Rescue Association, both worthy causes, so put Junee in your events calendar next year.

Words & photos by Graham Besley