By Tracey Matthies
TRY telling long-time friends Lorraine Touzel and Bobbie Brown that Korumburra’s first women’s football team was established in the last year or two and they will quickly correct you – with photographic evidence to back them up.
Lorraine (nee Lamb) and Bobbie took to the field in the late 1950s, wearing Korumburra’s heavy woollen, long-sleeved guernseys with black and white hoops.
A team photograph taken on a muddy Korumburra football ground shows a 14-year-old Lorraine wearing tracksuit pants while Bobbie, in her early 20s, played in shorts.
All are wearing tightly laced, ankle high football boots. Lorraine thinks she must have borrowed boots from one of her brothers.
A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says it was taken in 1956-58.
However, Lorraine’s husband, John, recognised one of the cars in the background and said that particular model came out in 1958.
The team played just two or three games against visiting teams from Melbourne.
The veterans don’t remember their win-loss record although they do recall they won a couple of games, even though they were just playing for the fun of it and for the love of Korumburra.
“As my mum used to say,” Lorraine said, “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game”.
Lorraine’s football interests came to an end when she met and married John, but she still gets a twinkle in her eye when she reminds her children and grandchildren that, just like them, she once played football.