Almanac Country Footy Families: The Halls of Buln Buln


A few years ago John Hall and his seven sons played a seconds game for Buln Buln in the Ellinbank District Football League in Gippsland.


Here’s the famous photo:



BACK ROW:           Dylan    Mitchell   Todd   Chad

FRONT ROW:          Jacob    Rhys       John   Darcy

About Bob Utber

At 80 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he wanted to do as a 14 year-old living on the farm at Lang Lang. Talking, writing, watching sport. Now into his third book on sports history he lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny ) and a groodle named "Chloe On Flinders". How good is that.


  1. Rulebook says

    Awesome! Thanks CB

  2. Jarrod_L says

    That is a ripper, Citrus. What a special moment for the family and the club!

  3. Dr Rocket says

    The Mighty Lyrebirds!!!

  4. CITRUS BOB says

    DR.ROCKET – are they the only Lyrebird Football Club?

    JARROD & RULEBOOK – This is what our game is all about

  5. One vote, Hall. Two votes, Hall. Three votes, Hall. I love these stories CB. How great must it be for a dad to play with his sons!

  6. CITRUS BOB says

    MICKEY – As a dad, I played competitive cricket and tennis with my sons and daughters. Won’t mention being a grandfather though. hard to explain the feelings quite frankly.
    Johnny Hall is a very quiet man but I bet deep down he was over the moon. We would never know though!

  7. Dr Rocket says

    Citrus Bob,

    I have never heard that nickname applied to any other club…
    so probably.

    However, it begs the question: What do the barrackers call out?

    Mangoplah Cookardina United are nicknamed the Goannas. Never used.
    Players and supporters call out, “C’mon Mango”

    Kyabram are the Bombers, but the common cry is “Ky”.

    What is it for Buln Buln?

  8. E.regnans says

    Love it Citrus.
    I sent this to a mate who grew up and teaches around Buln Buln.

    This was his reply:

    Hi David Wilson -? I didn’t know about this but I don’t have anything to do with the footy club other than scan the best/goals to see how any past students are going. Nobody calls out ‘Go Lyrebirds!’ – Buln Buln (in the manner of many indigenous languages) as I understand it is ‘lyrebird lyrebird’ meaning ‘many lyrebirds’ or simply ‘lyrebirds’. Nobody local refers to the town/school/sporting teams as ‘Buln Buln’ we always just say ‘Buln’ unless we are speaking to someone from out of the area and then we say it twice. So I guess people are literally calling out ‘Go Lyrebird!’ When the yell ‘Go Buln!’ or ‘C’mon Buln!’

  9. CITRUS BOB says

    DAVID – many thanks for that information on the Buln Buln Lyrebirds. Always great to have the gaps filled in particularly by someone in the district.

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