There's one side of Culburra's Crookhaven Park where the bushland swallows up stray footballs.
Fathers used to shovel sand early on a Saturday morning to cover over the rabbit holes on that same field of dreams.
And there was an old caravan rolled out of retirement at the start of every season to double as the ground's canteen. Fumigated, of course.
"It's come along a bit since then," jokes Culburra president Andrew Heffernan of the Dolphins' treasured patch of turf.
The same can probably be said about two of its most famous exports, Adam Quinlan and Jack Buchanan.
Teammates hailing from the same tiny South Coast town who played alongside each other for 12 years, the pair will trade in Crookhaven Park for the little more glamorous surrounds at the SCG today.
Only this time they won't be able to reproduce the same magic in tandem which carried Culburra to an under-18s title four years ago. Not that either of them were ever really worried when they were trailing with just two minutes remaining in a game just to scrape their way into the fifth and last finals spot.
"I'm desperate for them to score," Heffernan, also the side's coach, recalls.
"I'm yelling out at Adam because there's only two minutes to go, and Adam being Adam just turned around and waved his hand. He doesn't worry about anything.
"I yelled at Jack and he pulled himself out of the scrum where he was playing second row and he put himself at five-eighth. I'm going, 'Jack, Jack, we've got to score as there's only two minutes to go'. He just put his thumb up and grinned at me.
"He got the ball from the scrum, carried four blokes over the try line and put it down so hard it nearly went to China. He turned around and just looked at me."
The rest was history. That Culburra side, with the town's only other export to the NRL, Souths centre and Dragons-bound Dylan Farrell, running the water, went on to win the grand final from fifth spot.
Quinlan and Buchanan would become graduates of St George Illawarra's under-20s system. But their careers would take very different paths until reuniting at rugby league's spiritual home today.
"I was having real serious thoughts about giving up on trying to make it as a professional footy player [last year]," says Quinlan, who was working in the family's plumbing business while struggling to crack the Dragons' junior side.
"It was probably only a couple of weeks off before I got a game that I was going to pull the pin. It was just hard travelling from Culburra and I was working at the time. I was very grateful I got the opportunity when I did and didn't give it away."
And then came that decision, the one in which you touch the football for the first time in the NRL and decide to run straight at Jamal Idris.
"I paid the price for that," Quinlan, giving away 37kg to the Gold Coast behemoth, laughs.
"I had a few stitches in the lip and the swelling still hasn't actually gone down."
Just to be clear, that collision happened more than three months ago.
And he's still sporting the second-best scars.
It might not have been a problem for Buchanan, whose weight division would have had him a little closer to a fair fight against Idris.
At one stage commuting from Culburra to Sydney three nights a week while with the Bulldogs' Harold Matthews side, he took a chance this year to establish himself at the Tigers.
It means he's already had the opportunity to run out on to the hallowed turf at the SCG in Tiger colours. But never a chance to line up against his good mate.
"[At the SCG] you see all these signatures and scorecards with all the great cricket players like Don Bradman, you do take a minute to think how much it means to you," he says.
"It will mean a lot and it means a lot for every other player that walks in there as well. It's a good opportunity to have. You always want to do yourself and your family proud."
Same can be said for the Culburra community, who are sure to pack the town's bowling club when two of their brightest stars feature in the match celebrating 50 years since the 1963 muddy epic between St George and Wests.
"Culburra's a quiet town, but everyone's really excited for both Adam and I as well as Dylan Farrell, who is with South Sydney," Buchanan says.
Adds Quinlan: "All the community is very happy and very supportive of how Jack and I have gone. It really means a lot we can do the community proud."
But with an interest in the Dragons, Tigers and even Bunnies, just who do the good folk of Culburra really support?
"I've got no idea," Buchanan confesses.
"I'm sure they tell each of us it's our team."
Maybe for a day, they'll cheer for two sides.