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The Trugo Mural Celebrates Melbourne’s Odd Local Sport

Easy to learn, quickly addictive, and taking a lifetime to master, Trugo is the mutant love child of lawn bowling, golf, and croquet. It’s traditionally played in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

A literally backwards game—as in, the players are facing with their backs facing the goals—Trugo was invented in the 1920s by railway workers looking for some fun during a break. Using their mallets and sledgehammers, they whacked rubber rings (made from the inside of buffers) the length of one of their famous “Red Rattler” trains (about 90 feet). The aim of the game was to hit the ring between goal posts that approximately measured the distance between carriage seats or train tracks.

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