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Barooga Sporties


The Barooga Sports Club, as it was originally known, was a long time ambition of the late Mr Jack O’Dwyer. Before he died in 1968, he asked the late Mr Ray Brooks to try and get a licenced club at the recreation reserve to help promote the sports played there.

A public meeting met with good support, with 100 local people paying $300 each for life membership of the Club. This enabled building to begin and the Barooga Sports Club was opened for business on 21st August 1981. Then in November 1982 the Club doubled in size with a kitchen and storeroom being added. The auditorium was also enlarged.

The Club became the social centre for many residents, with carpet bowls, darts and cards being played weekly. On weekends bands and solo artists provided entertainment.

The Club was able to build and grow during the early years when Poker machines were not permitted in Victoria. Buses would travel to the region frequently from Melbourne and regional Victoria for the entertainment, golf and pokies. Fortunately, the introduction of pokies in the early nineties did not see the anticipated massive loss of visitors to the region, though numbers did reduce.

Greg Ryan was the CEO of The Sporties Group until last year, when he retired. The Club, during his 32 years at the helm, has certainly changed from the original small building built in the early eighties, with many expansions and renovations completed.


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