A mate of mine did rehab up there for a while, then settled and became a local. Initially he, not a big footy player, decided to shed a ton of weight in a preseason with Yarra Junction and was stuck in their 2’s til he did an ankle. He took me down to watch his old mate’s at home, take on Jason Ball’s old mate’s Yarra Glen. They were getting done by about 15 goals and the biggest all in blue I’ve ever seen on a footy field took place. Loved it, country bogans, hill boys cruisin for a bruisin in the magoos.
We decided to watch the seniors in Warby in a heated contest with Emerald, home side got up. One look at the ground and I knew they were my team. The old club rooms, goalposts carved from logs at the local mill, the massive lean at one side from flank to goal, it’s generally a gluepot and the Yarra river running round the back. They were a decent team but have hit the skids. I live in Melbourne but during the saga when I’d felt I’d had enough of AFL in general, the Burras became my refuge.
Healesville are the big boys. I hear Poweltown’s ground is a nice spot.