Heard of Trugo?
We love discoveries and we love showcasing wonderful finds we have stumbled upon in our little westie nook. On the search for a venue for my husband’s 30th, I was stunned to discover Trugo, a game born in the Newport Railway workshops in the 1920s and still played today. I could not believe that I had lived on this side of Melbourne for so long without knowing about it.
Trugo was first played by railway workers and is unique to Melbourne. The game was played with what the workers had available to them. The length of the pitch was the length of the carriage, the mallet was a sledge hammer and the rings a component of buffers. Its amusing to think about those rail workers, taking some precious break time, avoiding the eagle eye of their supervisor, while slinking off to shoot large heavy pieces of rubber between the seats of the empty carriages.
After my surprise discovery, and after reading a bit about it, I was intrigued and just had to book the venue for the 30th birthday bash. I am so glad I did.
A few Sundays ago, we turned up to the Yarraville Trugo club at the beautiful Beaton Reserve. Nestled between trees, the 27-metre field is graced with a quaint shelter and the setting could not be more peaceful. The lovely John and team met us, helped us to string bunting, and provided us with chairs, tables and a barbecue for our festive fare.
Once the guests had arrived, we were shown how to play the game, with tips from the masters. Playing Trugo essentially consists of hitting a rubber ring, placed between the feet, using a mallet, with the aim being to get the ring to the other side of the field between goal posts. Each player gets four goes and the ring is caught in a net on the other side. After 24 rounds, a winner is decided.
The Yarraville Trugo Club is one of the oldest clubs in Melbourne; it was established in the 1920s and its members are passionate about keeping the sport alive. The club is perfect for families, or really just anyone interested in learning something new, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the outdoors. With toilets, shelter, chairs, tables and a barbecue, the club is ideal for large get togethers. The team at the Trugo Club is also very giving of their time, happy to share tips and even wheeled out a big clown mouth for the kids to throw balls through (this was an absolute hit with the toddlers and kept them busy for hours). We also appreciated that the Trugo ground was enclosed (something that only parents with runaway toddlers will notice).
Hiring the venue for the day is incredibly reasonable compared to other options out there. We hired it from midday until 6pm and the cost was around $100 total for access to the Trugo green, hiring of the Trugo equipment, demonstration and tuition of the Trugo game and a gas barbecue.
We had an absolute ball. Thank you so much to John and his team for such a wonderful day. We will definitely be back. Ps: We are so sorry, we inadvertently stole your cheese knife! One of us, soon, will be sheepishly making our way to you with it in hand.
Where:Yarraville Trugo Club Beaton Reserve 48 Fehon Street Yarraville MEL 41 K9
For more information, contact: John McMahon (03) 9314 6324 or 0421 791 071.