Unley Oval

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Peter Motley Oval
Former names House Brothers Oval (2008-10)
Commander Centre Oval (2011-12)
Envestra Park (2013-14)
Location Oxford Terrace,
Unley, South Australia
Coordinates 34°57′0″S 138°36′42″E / 34.95000°S 138.61167°E / -34.95000; 138.61167Coordinates: 34°57′0″S 138°36′42″E / 34.95000°S 138.61167°E / -34.95000; 138.61167
Owner City of Unley
Operator City of Unley
Capacity 15,000
Field size Football: 160m x 115m
Surface Grass
Sturt Football Club (SANFL)
(1901-1986, 1997-present),
Forestville hockey club (SAHA)

Unley Oval (currently Peter Motley Oval), is a multi-use stadium in Unley, an inner southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is used for lower-grade South Australian Grade Cricket League matches, but its main use is as the home ground for the Sturt Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).


The stadium has a capacity of 15,000 people, with seating for up to 2,000. Its record crowd is 24,000 (estimated) attending a SANFL match between Sturt and Norwood on 9 June 1924 - at the time the highest for any suburban oval in Adelaide.[1] The highest verified attendance was 22,015 for a league game against Port Adelaide during the 1968 season.[2] This would stand as the record SANFL attendance at a suburban ground until 22,738 saw Port Adelaide play Norwood at Port's home ground Alberton Oval in 1977.

Unley Oval was the venue of one first-class match between South Australia and Lord Hawke's XI in 1903; until 2013,[3] it was the only first class match that South Australia had ever hosted away from Adelaide Oval.[4] The match itself was remarkable: South Australia won by 97 runs after following on, and two different bowlers (George Thompson and Henry Hay) took nine-wicket innings hauls.[5]

The dimensions of the playing surface for football are 160m × 115m. The oval is egg-shaped, such that the northern end is more narrow and has shallower pockets than the southern end. Unley Oval has two main grandstands located on the western side of the ground; the newer of the two stands, "The Jack Oatey Stand", is open to the public and seats 1,500, and the Members Stand which seats 500 people. The perimeter of the venue is currently unfenced, forcing the Sturt Football Club to erect temporary fencing on match days in order to charge admission, which is a large financial burden for the club.[6]

Naming Rights[edit]

The stadium is currently named "Envestra Park". It was previously named "House Brothers Oval" from 2008 to 2010 and "Commander Centre Oval" in 2011 and 2012.[7]

In 2015 Unley Oval was renamed Peter Motley Oval in honour of former Sturt champion and the clubs #1 ticket holder Peter Motley.


  1. ^ "Spectacular Football". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 10 June 1924. p. 12. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Devaney, John P. Full points footy: encyclopedia of Australian football clubs. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Heather Kennett (9 September 2013). "Glenelg Oval hosting Redbacks' season opener to benefit Bay's cricket and football clubs". Guardian Messenger. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Adelaide Oval could lose Sheffield Shield games". ESPN cricinfo. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "f6030 South Australia v Lord Hawke's XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Emily Griffiths (26 June 2012). "Sturt's Unley Oval fence plea". The Messenger. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "House Brothers Oval". SANFL. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

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