Doco honours time at defunct club

By Meg Saultry

For Benalla’s Hayley Warnock, the story of the demise of the Swanpool and Tatong Football Netball Club was a personal one.

After spending four years playing netball with the Swanpool FNC, Ms Warnock said she felt compelled to tell Swanpool and Tatong Football Netball Club’s story in her latest documentary Clipped Wings.

‘‘By being there you get to know the people and culture and it’s a welcoming family,’’ Ms Warnock said.

‘‘I felt compelled to create something in honour of that time.’’

Clipped Wings follows the journey of what happened when Swanpool and Tatong were approached to do a merger, told from the perspective of those involved.

The film’s official tagline reads ‘‘History, culture, sportsmanship and family. What happens when the very essence of grassroots football and netball is under threat? Community spirit fights back.’’

For Ms Warnock, who studied film and television at Deakin University, the documentary was a side project, with the filmmaker fitting in production whenever she could.

It was a process that ultimately took more than two years to complete.

‘‘There was a bit of everything, I kicked off the filming process with the Samaria Suns, and then was interviewing people and trying to get old photos and videos of anyone I could,’’ Ms Warnock said.

‘‘I’d be excited if people came along to support the film.’’

The short documentary will screen at 7pm on Friday, May 24, at Swanpool Cinema.

The $10 entry fee includes supper and a screening of the 2018 film The Merger, an Australian film about the decline of a cash-strapped Aussie Rules footy club and its recruitment of refugees to keep the club viable.

Its The Merger’s themes of Aussie Rules football and community that makes it a perfect fit to screen alongside Clipped Wings.

And it is that similar community spirit that really shines through in the film.

‘‘You can see a real fight and everyone stands together for something they believe in,’’ Ms Warnock said.