Orbost Snowy Rovers
A combination of economic and demographic changes led to the amalgamation in 2003 of former Orbost-based arch rivals Orbost and Snowy Rovers, both of which had been mainstays of the East Gippsland Football League since the competition’s inception twenty-nine years earlier. The merged club was highly competitive at all levels from the start, with the first premiership being claimed by the under eighteens in 2005. Twelve months later the reserves followed suit, while the seniors simultaneously reached the grand final for the first time, but went down to Bairnsdale.
Prior to the merger Snowy Rovers enjoyed senior grade premiership success eight times, including twice at Orbost’s expense. The first of these premierships, in 1973, was won in the Gippsland Football League, and all the rest in the EGFL. Meanwhile, Orbost’s tally of sixteen senior flags comprised seven in the GFL and nine in the EGFL.
In 2007 the club’s senior grade side won 6 out of 16 matches to finish fifth in a seven team competition, adrift of fourth placed Lakes Entrance only on percentage. A year later Rovers enjoyed fleeting finals participation but the 2009 season was a disaster as the side slumped to the bottom of the ladder after managing just a couple of wins from its 16 home and away matches for the year. Since then fortunes have been mixed with wooden spoons in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018 contrasting with finals berths in 2011, 2016 and 2017.
John Devaney - Full Points Publications