Playing for sheep stations

Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 08, 2003

In Reply to: Playing for sheep stations posted by jf on July 08, 2003

: any ideas on the origin or implied meaning of this one?

: thanks

From looking at a few sites referred by google, a sheep station seems to be an Australian/New Zealand type of ranch where sheep are kept and penned for shearing.
Now for my guess through inference:
People who worked at these stations would have informal games of football or soccer where strict rules did not exist and tons of machismo and testosterone were displayed.
So when someone puts together a game of soccer they will sometimes say "We are not playing for a sheep station so be nice to each other".
I ask any Australians or New Zealenders for comments.