Bendigo Advertiser | When Kain Robins began as Charlton's playing-coach before the 2018 season, he was well known throughout country Victoria as a dynamic key forward. I was curious to see Robins play because I had heard about his performances in front of goal.
But I was also keen to see him play because I had heard about his father, the late Peter "Doughy" Robins, with whom Kain was close before his death in 2018 at the age of 65.
Doughy Robins was a wheat and sheep farmer on his family's property outside Hopetoun. After selling the farm, he worked as a shearer and harvester. As a footballer, Doughy was renowned for his leadership and toughness. He was a ruck-rover and half-back who ran straight at the ball. His clashes with fellow hard men remain the stuff of legend.