When the going gets tough, rural communities are reminded of the important role country footy clubs play off the field. Nathalia and Tungamah were two towns worst hit by the northern Victoria floods in 2012, but with their community spirit high, they rose from the depths.ALEXANDRA BATHMAN June 25, 2014 3:01am
Senior assistant coach Bohdi Butts, co-coachs Will Cooper and Nick Doyle, reserves coachs Simon McGuire and Terrence Jones.
A couple of years ago Tungamah Football Netball Club’s commitment to its town was tested by a natural disaster.
The club had been the social fabric of Tungamah since 1882 but its history on the banks of Boosey Creek was almost washed away.
Club secretary Deanne Einsporn has been involved with the club all her life and witnessed the spirit of the club and the town come together as one ‘‘to save the town’’ after the floods in Victoria’s north in 2012.
The town was completely locked in by floodwater which crept close to the residential area before the creek’s depth peaked at almost three metres.
‘‘It was tough,’’ Mrs Einsporn said.
‘‘It is just one of the examples of how we just band together with the community.’’
While club members were busy sand-bagging homes and driving around in four-wheel drives to give people food, the club rooms flooded.
‘‘It wasn’t until a couple of days later we realised it had flooded,’’ Mrs Einsporn said.
There was severe damage and the rooms were almost condemned.
However, the Tungamah Bears rose from the depths and the under-14s bought home the premiership trophy.
In the next season, the Bears came back with a vengeance and dominated the Picola and District league, with the seniors, reserves and under-17s all winning premierships.
Mrs Einsporn said the club provided the town’s 300 residents with more than just footy to watch, and recounted her own experience.
‘‘When I was young my father passed away in a workplace accident,’’ Mrs Einsporn said.
‘‘They were always there to help my mother, who had been left as a widow with five young children.’’
The club’s involvement in the tiny community remains strong.
During winter, the under-17 Bears chop wood and sell it to the townspeople, while the club’s Thursday night dinners continue to bring people together on a weekly basis.
‘‘Tungamah has always been a community to help people and the club is a place where everyone feels safe because everyone knows you,’’ Mrs Einsporn said.
Shepparton men will take a stand against violence towards women today at a White Ribbon Day breakfast in Shepparton.
The Yarrawonga Chronicle and Travel and Cruise Yarrawonga are offering shoppers a chance to win an incredible cruise package this summer.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Another slow start has hurt the Echuca-Moama Pirates in the Country Basketball League north-east conference, going down to Wallan.
Sharelle McMahon has opened the Opperman Sports Museum in Rochester.
Fourteen parties and 37 candidates will contest the Northern Victoria Region for the Victorian upper house at the November 29 election, with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) claiming the top billing on the ballot paper.
Playgroup of the Month for November.
Andrew Richardson and Matt Jackson have been appointed co-coaches of Finley's senior football side.
Two new Neighbourhood Safer Places for the Pyalong and Tooborac communities have been announced.
Roadworks begin for new roundabout, but authorities assure shoppers, motorists and businesses of minimal disruption.
Abattoir reopening has property investors circling.
Fruit Growers Victoria Limited has announced its long-serving general manager will leave the organisation at the end of December.
Scott Upston had a decorated career as a paralympic coach before moving to Benalla this year.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.