Australian Football on the Monaro and across the Snowy Mountains has had a rich and colourful history. While footy was played during the early Snowy era, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that a push for a club to be formed for local competition was made. That push saw the Cooma Cats Australian Football Club formed in 1976.
Since those pioneering days, the Cooma Cats have established a strong community-based, family-focused and professionally-run Australian Football club competing in the Monaro, NSW South Coast and ACT AFL local leagues in both Senior and Junior competitions. The Cooma Cats achieved premiership success in 1984 when they defeated Western Creek in the ACT AFL Monaro Competition Grand Final at Yass with a come from behind victory.
The Cooma Cats proudly wear the blue and white hoops of the Geelong Football Club, as it was Geelong who provided the Cooma Cats with their first jumpers when the club was originally formed.
Snowy Oval, Off Mittagong Road, Cooma North
Cooma is a town in the south of New South Wales, located 114 km south of Canberra, via the Monaro Highway. It is also on the Snowy Mountains Highway, connecting Bega with the Riverina. Cooma is the main town of the Monaro region and is 800 metres above sea level. The name is believed to be derived from an Aboriginal word Coombah, meaning “big lake” or “open country”.