The end for Wakool
THE WAKOOL Football Netball Club has gone into recess for the second time in four years (and more than likely for ever) and our old mate from Moulamein, China Gibson, is blaming the Murray-Darling Basin Authority for playing a big part in its demise.
In his popular weekly columns in the Swan Hill Guardian, Barham Bridge and Hay Grazier newspapers China claims the authority has taken 50 per cent or more of irrigation water from the Wakool area — and many others in the Riverina for that matter— which has equated to almost 50 per cent of the population having to move from the district.
Some of those who have had to leave are footballers and netballers who have kept the Wakool Football Netball Club, which has competed in the Golden Rivers League since 1958, afloat.
In that time it has won seven flags, the latest just five years ago in 2013.
Wakool Football Netball Club did go into recess in 2016 but resurrected itself last season with a lot of hard yards by a small band of club stalwarts. But the club has now conceded it is not possible for the town to continue producing football and netball teams given the current circumstances.