Their stories to amaze on wonder wall

March 21, 2018

Robbie Orrman and Kevin Kenna had plenty of praise for the Goulburn Valley League's new interactive history display.

The new interactive display of Goulburn Valley League history could help connect previous generations of footballers from the region with the next crop of stars.

GVL Hall of Fame Legend Robbie Orrman, who was on hand to officially open the electronic honour board on Friday, was taken down memory lane while perusing the new wall of history.

‘‘As I look at the images of the new interactive screen I am taken back to my playing days and the camaraderie and discipline this amazing game gave me,’’ he told the crowd of onlookers at AFL Goulburn Murray’s Kialla Recreation Reserve offices.

‘‘I am quite sure it would take trainers a lifetime to get me fit again.’’

As well as praising the league for its decision to upgrade the way it recognises its previous players and administrators, three-time Morrison medallist Orrman hoped the display would help encourage young footballers to reach for the stars.

‘‘I’d like to commend the league on the initiative they have brought into place to recognise the past players via the hall of fame,’’ he said.

‘‘I continue to be humbled by being included amongst these great inductees.

‘‘My hope is that the new generation of players coming through look at this new facility and are inspired to go as far as they can with the wonderful game, and perhaps one day be included here.’’

Fellow hall of fame member Kevin Kenna echoed the sentiments of his friend and one-time rival Orrman, encouraging those who are interested in learning from the past to see the display for themselves.

‘‘I think it’s magnificent, it’s very good,’’ Kenna said.

‘‘I think you can’t beat history no matter what it is, whether it’s football, cricket or anything else, and to have it there on the wall where everyone can have a look at it I think’s a great idea, the league should be congratulated.

‘‘They (the next generation) will probably get to know what the older people are talking about if they come and have a look.

‘‘(It’s good to see fellow hall of fame members), especially Robbie, he was in my era.

‘‘The rest of them were beyond me, I finished in ’57 playing football and all the other young blokes are now creeping into old age, but they contributed well to the league.’’

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