Wins were few and far between when a 15-year-old Deon Oborne made his senior debut at South Colac.
He featured in the final under-17 premiership side of the Roos’ dominant six-year run in 2003 before stepping into South Colac’s senior ranks.
Oborne said enduring the lean years alongside players like Daniel Roberts, Jake O’Dwyer, Dave Marendaz and Clay Brewer had made the Roos’ successful modern era more enjoyable.
He will notch up his 200th senior game when South Colac hosts Lorne tomorrow.
“I played my first senior game under Paul Butters when I was about 15,” he said.
“It was against Alvie and we got flogged I reckon, those first few years we weren’t real strong, we probably only had a handful of wins in my first three years.”
Oborne spent a year of juniors at the Colac Tigers before returning to South in 2007 to play under club legend Peter “Helmut”
The Roos had a breakthrough finals appearance in 2009, and have been regular finalists since 2011.
Oborne has been a key figure in the Roos’ team during its rise; he won South Colac’s best-and-fairest award in 2014, and featured in both of the club’s recent grand final appearances in 2011 and 2016.
“I guess going through those lean years at the start have made the last six or seven years a bit better, playing finals,” he said.
“Playing in a premiership is still the ultimate goal.”
Oborne said it was a good feeling to notch up 200 senior games at his home club.
“It’s just a good place to be around and all the people involved are good,” he said.
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