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Trugo News :: 24 March 2016

Welcome to the first Footscray Trugo Club e-news. Our club has achieved a lot in a short time since its inception, and we’ve been thrilled by the support and goodwill of the local community for returning Trugo to Footscray and Seddon. 

Excitingly, Maribyrnong Council voted last week to fast-track a public consultation on the future of the historic Footscray Trugo rink and clubhouse, which has been locked up and inaccessible for years. Read on for more info about that and all our latest news.

Community to have a say on Trugo site’s future

At the Maribyrnong Council meeting on March 15, Cr. Sarah Carter moved a motion to conduct a community consultation about the future of the Footscray Trugo Club site at 139 Buckley St, Seddon. She spoke about the importance of council supporting an engaged and active group like ours. 

The motion was seconded by Cr. Catherine Cumming who spoke about previous decision-making about the site being postponed. The proposal to hold the community consultation was passed without opposition. We would like to say a huge thank you to Cr. Carter for her enthusiasm and encouragement. 

Keep an eye out for news from the club and from the council about the upcoming consultation. The club will soon be starting our campaign and we’d love input from everyone who wants to be involved. If you'd like to help see below for details about our next meeting.

Spreading the word at the Seddon Festival

Trugo returned to the historic Buckley St rink during the Seddon Festival on March 5 when the rink was open for the day and dozens of people took the chance to have a hit. 

John McMahon, doyen of the Yarraville Trugo Club, said it was the first time Trugo had been played there in six years. Some members of the old club dropped by to reminisce and show us their skills, and federal MP Tim Watts expressed his encouragement.

We also had a street stall on Victoria St where we spoke with hundreds of people about the sport, the club and our goals. Thanks go to the Seddon Community Group and the Seddon Festival for their support.

Click for more photos from the Seddon Festival

How to get involved with the club

Club meetings are held regularly at Littlefoot Bar, 233 Barkly St, Footscray. Our next meeting is on Sunday 4 April at 4.15pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute ideas!

If you're interested in helping out with the club’s activities, we'd love you to get involved:

  • Come to a club meeting
  • Get involved with publicity, fundraising or membership drives
  • Help with our submission to the Council consultation on the future of the Buckley St Trugo site
  • Spread the word in the community to encourage residents to take part in the consultation

Please email us on footscraytrugo@gmail.com or send us a DM on Facebook if you’d like to help.

Like us on Facebook!

Our Facebook page is closing in on 500 likes. Please like our page if you haven’t already, and ask your friends to as well! The more supporters we have, the stronger our club will be in the eyes of the council and other organisations that we deal with.

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New Club Committee

We’ve recently incorporated as an association and formed our first committee. 

  • President – Stuart Lucca-Pope
  • Vice-Pres – Justin Mansfield 
  • Secretary – Alex Jarvis
  • Treasurer – Michael Bodman 
  • Committee Members – Liana Lucca-Pope, Robyn deBoar, Wade Kriesch, Luke Robertson and Eileen Cini

Russell Mann, Ben Millar and Kate Thompson have also contributed greatly to the club but opted not to join the committee. Thanks to everyone for all of their dedication and hard work.

History of the Footscray Trugo Club

Luke Robertson has been researching the history of the original club and has been posting his findings on our blog. Here he writes about the formation of the club:

Footscray was the second Trugo club to form in 1937 only a few weeks after the Yarraville club was formed and granted permission to play in Yarraville Gardens. From the Footscray Advertiser at the time:

Footscray is joining with Yarraville to learn the game and then intend to form a club of their own. It is hoped that other suburbs will follow suit, as the game is a great one for old retired men and keeps them in good fettle.

Soon after the formation the club had their official launch at the Western Oval on May 14, 1937 (what we know now as Whitten Oval), and in June of that year the first ever inter-club match between Yarraville and Footscray was held. While the Footscray team unfortunately lost, it signaled a long era of Trugo in Footscray.

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