Almanac (Bush) Cricket: Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins visit Luke Reynolds at the Pomborneit CC


Luke Reynolds




Luke Reynolds is a great friend of the Almanac. He has been a magnificent contributor over many years, as writer, editor, general supporter. He is a total giver – in everything he does. And that includes the pivotal role he plays at his beloved Pomborneit Cricket Club in country Victoria.


Recently sportswriters and broadcasters Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins visited the small dairying community (there’s not a town as such) outside Colac to meet Luke and to see first-hand what must be one of the most remarkable sporting clubs in Australia.


This is the story they put together:






  1. That was a ripper, great work as always down at Pombo, Luke!

  2. I really enjoyed that. Luke, your club is even more remarkable than I imagined. And how magnificent is the turf? Well done to all involved.

  3. a fantastic story. The perfect example of sport bringing a community together. Congratulations Luke and the Pombo community

  4. Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt says

    Simply sensational. I’m in awe of you Luke.

  5. Outstanding.

    Congratulations Luke. You’re the heart and soul of the place. And a champion bloke.


  6. Peter Zitterschlager says

    If you build it, they will come! Good thing it was Geoff Lemon, though. The cricket equvalent of Shoeless Joe Jackson coud have been Salim ‘The Rat’ Malik!

    You’ve created a paradise out there, Luke. Well done on making the world a better place.

  7. Oh wow.

    Pombo Bulls are lucky to have you, Luke.
    It seems that everyone that has you in their orbit is lucky to have you.
    Great work from G Lemon and A Collins.

    Keep throwing them up. Brilliant.

  8. What a treat!

  9. Peter Fuller says

    Superb work Geoff and Adam, and a remarkable tribute to our mate Luke. I can remember driving past this quaint ground in the 1950s, wondering how a Club could be sustained in such a tiny place. A particular feature was the sightboard, the first time I saw one on a ground in rural Victoria. I think I saw it or its successor in the film.
    Luke, I noticed a Jim McGarvie in the 1926-27 premiership team. I assume that he would be the father of a distinguished Governor of Victoria in the 1990s.

  10. Daryl Schramm says

    I now know how to pronounce Pomborneit. A fantastic insight into a unique club. Congrats all round.

  11. Luke Reynolds says

    That video with Geoff and Adam was so much fun to make, and had a ball having a beer with those guys afterwards. Thanks for all the responses, the video seems to have travelled far and wide.

    Peter- the current sightscreen (not plural anymore as one one blew down last year) is a successor to the ones you would have seen in the 1950’s. Erected in 1982. Jim McGarvie was uncle to the great governor of Victoria, Richard Elgin McGarvie AC QC. RE McGarvie’s father Richard Fleming McGarvie was 6 years younger than his brother, our 1926/27 premiership player James Benson McGarvie. Richard Fleming McGarvie also represented the Pomborneit CC just before WW1 & in the early 1920’s.

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