When it comes to ingenuity you have to hand it to the people from the Mallee.

The Mallee boys  came to town last Saturday following the Ouyen United Kangas when they played top side Mildura.

The junior Under 10, Under 12 and under 14 matches were played on Saturday morning on the number two smaller oval at the town end of the Mildura Harness Racing Track.

For the games, club goal and boundary umpires are supplied but it was certainly a problem when the designated Ouyen United goal umpire left his flags at home.

No time to make the 100 kilometre trek back south to get them so it was time for some Mallee Farm ingenuity.

Heath Comrie, who until last year was one of the town's long serving policemen was able to come up with a solution.

The boys hustled around and found some twigs from a nearby gum tree, located a couple of white towels and then used some tape to provide a handgrip and some OH&S compliance.

But most Mr Comrie's flag waving was to reward the home side, which proved too strong for the Kanga youngsters.

But on the day Ouyen won the innovation award.

Good one Heath!