Orbost Recreation Reserve, Victoria

Photos and info by Geoff Van Wyngaarden

Turf cricket is played at Orbost Recreation Reserve but once upon a time the ground was the home for the Snowy Rovers Football Club,

In 1969 Orbost won premierships in both the Seniors and Reserves and dozens of players were not getting a game.  Orbost had a booming population of over 4000 people when logging in the area was massive.

A group of people decided to form a new club and called it Snowy Rovers (a nice word-play on the nearby Snowy River) and they made their home ground several blocks away up the main street at the cricket ground.

The R on the scoreboard and time keepers box stands for Rovers.

Notice the wallpaper peeling off in the box.

Snowy Rovers eventually found great success winning 4 premierships in a row from 1982-85 in the strong East Gippsland FL.

In 2003 the tough economic times and vastly declining population saw the club merge with the Orbost Football Club, to form the Orbost Snowy Rovers. They play at Lochiel Park.

Orbost map via Google

 

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