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Nungurner’s home ground was Stephenson’s Paddock, where the players changed in the chook shed. Metung’s home ground was Patterson Park, opposite the General Store.The Tambo Valley Rural Football Association was formed by Tom Cornwell from Bruthen and Ian Hansen from Nungurner, when Tom recognised that there were sufficient boys in Bruthen to have a game and he approached Ian to set up a competition.This was in the early sixties, thought to be about 1963 or 1963.It is worthy to note that Metung had a girl playing for their team.The first season of competition saw Metung, Nungurner, Bruthen, Lakes Rovers (Lakes Youth Club), who wore blue and gold and Lakes Entrance who wore maroon and white.A Round Robin was held at Stephenson’s Paddock between Bruthen, Metung, Nungurner and Lakes Entrance.Matches were often scratch matches, with bikes as goal posts and hay bales for the boundary. (I wonder how today’s Risk Management Officers would have coped??)Clubs who joined the competition over the ensuing years included Nowa Nowa, Buchan and Lindenow.Nowa Nowa wore red and white and played on the old Nowa Nowa ground. They won a premiership in the late sixties under coach Clarrie Stevens. Many boys from Orbost travelled to play with the Nowa Nowa team.Buchan wore royal blue with a white V, later changing to North Melbourne colours (as they wear today) and Lindenow wore Hawthorn colours. Lindenow won a premiership in the late sixties.The competition was only Under 15, with a wide range of ages playing.In Round 3 (April 27th) W. Howe of Nungurner kicked 20 goals in the match against Lindenow South. Then in Round 8 (June 1st) W. Howe kicked 26 goals out of the Nungurner team total of 39 goals again against Lindenow South.Round 12 (June 29th) saw a bye due to wet weather.At the end of the 14 Round Season the final ladder saw Lakes Entrance on top of the ladder with 12 wins and two losses on percentage from Wy Yung who were also on 14 wins and two losses. Nagle College finished third with 9 wins, Nungurner was fourth with 6 wins, followed by Lindenow with three and Lindenow South with no wins in their first season.The newly formed East Gippsland Junior Football Association commenced the 1981 Season on Sunday April 5th 1981 with eight Under 15 teams and ten Under 12 teams.It was noted that there were still vacancies in the Bairnsdale, Nagle/St. Mary’s, Lucknow, Lindenow and Wy Yung teams. Paynesville also needed additional Under 12 players.Age requirements set included boys who were born between 1966 and 1971, both years inclusive, were eligible for the Under 15s and those born 1969 to 1971 were eligible for Under 12s. Juniors had to play for the Under 15s instead of Under 12s if they were selected in the higher age group. The bottom age limit was set as nine years or over on the 1st January 1981.Parents were expected to support their clubs as many parents were required to control the matches, particularly with transport of up to 45 boys to different venues. Parents were also to act as timekeepers, goal umpires and canteen staff. Clubs including Wy Yung, Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale, Lucknow and Lindenow South asked for more parents to assist.The Under 15 games were umpired by the East Gippsland Umpires Association and club umpires officiated the Under 12s.The ladder after the final round in the Under 12s saw Lakes Entrance on top with 14 wins and no losses, followed by Bairnsdale with 13 wins and one loss. Then came Lucknow (11), Nagle/St. Marys (7), Lindenow (7), Swan Reach(6), West Bairnsdale (6), Wy Yung (3), Paynesville (2) and Lindenow South (0).