Wayde Petersen, Scoreboard Pressure‘s Goulburn Valley correspondent, visited the Devenish ground and inevitably pondered the plight of country footy teams. Wayde reports that the Devenish Football & Netball Club folded in 2006 (after winning the flag in 2003 and 2005). This lead to the entire Benalla District Football League going under in 2009, after it was reduced to five sides. The remaining clubs joined neighbouring leagues but are struggling to hang on, with AFL Victoria now directing Swanpool, Tatong and Goorambat to merge.
“I took these photos of Devenish’s ground as a reminder of what happens after the siren stops permanently, and in the hope that a better solution can be reached instead of sending clubs to the knackers yard on a whim of some football bureaucrat.”
Still, Devenish hasn’t given up the ghost entirely, coming to life last August to celebrate the anniversaries of the 2003 senior premiership and the 1993 reserves premiership. The day included Tungamah wearing the red and white Devenish colours against Katamatite. More details on Facebook.