Wubin, Western Australia

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Some scoreboards are too far gone. Such was the case at Wubin about 285km north of Perth.

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Once upon a time the local footy team dominated the Dalwallinu District Football League – they won six premierships in a row from 1959 to 1964 – and the entrance to the Wubin Memorial Park suggested civic pride. These days the town is dominated by a huge “Road Train Assembly Area”.

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The attendant in the cigarette smoke filled service station/cafe told me Wubin didn’t have a footy ground but, “There’s one at Dalwallinu.” I went looking anyway. The scoreboard has collapsed, some of the goal posts are standing unsteadily and the malthoid pitch looks like it might take spin.

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In 1968 Wubin merged with Dalwallinu to join the Central Midlands Football League but the Wubin name has faded. In earlier times there were teams called Wubin-Buntine and Wubin-Latham.

The golf club seems to be going ok. I found three good golf balls in the sort of places I used to hit them. “Did you see where that went?”

“Nup.”

“Bugger it. I hate this bloody game.”

I put the balls on the tee-off at the hole closest to the oval. A bonus for some lucky player.

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2 comments

  1. Great photos and story about a once prominent bush footy club, Les.
    Far too many clubs (and towns) have suffered Wubin’s fate recently.
    Wikipedia says Wubin has a population of 146 (no doubt including surrounds), as of the 2006 Census, but I daresay a few people have left town since then.

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