In Your Community – Diggers Rest Burras

Diggers Rest Burras

Participating in competitive sport is a vital part of life for many Australians. Flying the flag for Diggers Rest are the Burras, who field three football teams and four netball sides. We caught up with club President Chris Payne to find out more. The Diggers Rest Burras have come a long way since kicking their first football as a team in 1977. Known as a family friendly team, with a competitive passion that stems from past premierships, the Burras have grown their membership base to more than 300 people.

According to Mr Payne, part of their success is the enormous support they receive from the local community. “Our crowd numbers at home games vary but can attract up to 1,000 people,” Mr Payne said. “Hopefully our crowd numbers will grow during the next few years, as the local population increases. “We love getting new people involved.”

The Burras have won four football premierships and five netball premierships, with Mr Payne listing the 1993 football premiership as the club’s greatest triumph. “This was our first senior premiership and was a reward for those who created the club back in 1977. “It was a long time coming,” Mr Payne said.

The Burras hold regular events, ensuring that the wider community has an opportunity to participate. The biggest social event on the club fixture is Burras Day, which takes place annually in July, and is the major fundraiser for the year.

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