Three years ago, late June 2009, the family spent a night at Port Fairy, on Victoria’s south west coast. I got up early on the Monday morning and found the Bernie Baxter Scoreboard was unlocked. There were no numbers on the board, so I hopped on my bike, bought the local paper, checked the weekend scores and pedalled back to the ground. After putting the scores up – and wondering who Bernie Baxter is – I had breakfast with the family.
Then I hopped back on the bike and headed for Koroit, about 20 kilometres east.
At Koroit there was an old fenced-off scoreboard on the far wing with a sign saying ‘Authorised Personal [sic] Only. Keep Out.’ The scoreboard had seen better days but it wasn’t totally derelict.
A coat of paint and some tender loving care might have revived the corrugated scoreboard but the club had opted to go modern.
Port Fairy, the town, is flooded with 20,000 folk music fans each Labour Day Weekend. (The footy ground becomes a camping ground.) Koroit, a sleepy dairy town, is where Shane Howard – singer songwriter par excellence and regular performer at the Port Fairy Folk Festival – lives.