In the beginning...
Robina first formed in 1995 as a break-away from the Burleigh Bombers
and played its first game in 1996. The first few years were tough as
there was a lot of restrictions in place so that other club's players
were not poached. Playing against the likes of Labrador, Broadbeach,
Palm Beach and Coolangatta, Robina did struggle and only won 2 senior
games in its first 3 seasons. The club's first year was at Pizzey Park
at Miami before playing out of Broadbeach for the next two years.
Things turned around with a move back to Pizzey Park, the club
secured the services of Brett Thompson from Southport's GCAFL side with
a host of ex Southport players and beat all sides throughout the year
except for eventual premiers Palm Beach. The Roos played in its first
final against Burleigh and beat them to play off against Surfers
Paradise in the prelim final. The game went into overtime and Surfers
won with nearly the last kick of the game.
The season was disappointing as Brett Thompson left to coach Labrador
in State League with a host of key players following him. New coach
Colin Welch was against it in a revamped 16 team comp including Gold
Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast sides. The Roos did finish last but
did manage to beat Springwood, Northshore and drew with Caloundra.
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