For Jermain Walford and his Euraba team-mates, this weekend's National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout is more than a touch football tournament.
It's a chance to represent their culture and honour some very special people in their lives.
It is the third year the tournament has been held, with Tamworth-based Euraba this year sending two teams to the event - men's and mixed - and they have high hopes for both.
"Last year we (men's team) ran third in Australia - we've got a much stronger side this year," Walford said.
"We go in with high hopes to go one better, or two better."
The mixed side also looks pretty strong with the likes of former Australian representative Steph Halpin suiting up for them.
"There's a lot of talent in that team," Walford said.
"I believe the mixed team will go a long way."
He was inspired to form a mixed side by the "Because of her we can" slogan that was the theme of last year's NAIDOC celebrations.
It's a theme that resonates very strongly with him.
"Women are very significant in our lives and I want to recognise that," he said.
"I want to make it a permanent slogan for Euraba."
The two sides have been training since before June, with the tournament originally scheduled to be played on the June long weekend.
But due to a lack of interest, it was pushed back to now.
Walford said the sides continued training throughout the delay, and really ramped things up in the last month.
Several of the players warmed up for the weekend by playing in the recent Tamworth touch carnival.
Three players in the men's side were part of the victorious Jet's Mob side while Walford and a couple of others lined up for the Halpin's Plumbing team, which went down to Jet's Mob in the grand final.
"We're [Euraba] not structured. We're just backyard touch footballers," Walford said.
He and Johnny Knox, who was part of the original 1988 Euraba side, will play with both the men's and mixed sides in Dubbo.
"I can't wait," Walford said.
"I've got goosebumps just thinking about it because of how I excited I am."
They will head to Dubbo on Friday and hold a get together on Friday night, where Walford will present them with their playing singlets.
The singlets hold a special significance.
The mixed teams will play in purple and yellow. The purple represents the Melbourne Storm, which was Euraba founder Vivian Knox's favourite NRL side (Knox sadly passed away in 2017). The yellow is in tribute to Walford's brother Isaiah Spearim, who Walford learnt had passed away during last year's tournament.
The singlet also features the image of a leaf, which runs down into the shorts and represents the Euraba plant, which is noted for it's healing properties in indigenous culture.
The men's singlets are predominantly blue, which was Knox's favourite colour, and feature a warrior on the front to represent Isaiah.
In what will be a special moment, Spearim's younger brother Dyontay Spearim, who is not a regular sportsperson, will strap on the boots in honour of his big brother.
Pool games will be played on Saturday, with finals on Sunday.