Commendation – Victorian Community History Awards 2020
No other football club in Australia features a series of totem poles, painted by schoolchildren, at its ground to represent the many clubs that have merged into one. But then no other club is like Ouyen United – or Ouyen Very United, as the case may be.
Paul Daffey, a long-time footy writer and traveller, heads to the Mallee to investigate the club’s challenges – and becomes enchanted by the club’s charms. Daffey travels to other parts of Victoria during the course of the season, to Horsham, Frankston and the sunny Strzelecki Ranges in Gippsland. Through his journey, he takes the pulse of the game in its country heartland.