Locals pull on Big V

Six goals from Ellinbank footballer Tom Robertson helped Victoria to a big win over the Allies in the All Deaf State of Origin carnival.

Six goals from Ellinbank footballer Tom Robertson helped Victoria to a big win over the Allies in the All Deaf State of Origin carnival.

Local footballers Tom Robertson and Lachlan Waters helped Victoria to a strong victory in the All Deaf State of Origin carnival.

Held in Adelaide over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Tom and Lachlan pulled on the Big V jumper to line up against an Allies team made up of deaf footballers from across Australia.

Waters, who plays locally with Gippsland League club Warragul, performed well in defence while Ellinbank footballer Robertson booted six goals from centre half forward in the first half before moving into the ruck to set the Victorians on their way to a momentous 10-goal victory.

Robertson said he first learnt of the opportunity to play in the carnival from Waters, who lined up for Victoria for the second time in Adelaide.

“It was my first time playing,” Robertson said.

“It’s a bit of a funny story, one night I was out at the knuckle busters, the Sporty nightclub, and Lachy Waters who is deaf also asked me to come to Melbourne to try out.”

Robertson said no player had any hearing assistance during the game.

“We had no hearing aids, we were completely deaf for the whole game,” he said.

“If anyone was found to be wearing any hearing aid, you were disqualified."


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