Yarraville Oval

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Yarraville Oval
Yarraville Oval stand 1a.jpg
Location Williamstown Rd & Anderson St, Yarraville, Victoria
Coordinates 37°48′54″S 144°53′3″E / 37.81500°S 144.88417°E / -37.81500; 144.88417Coordinates: 37°48′54″S 144°53′3″E / 37.81500°S 144.88417°E / -37.81500; 144.88417
Owner City of Maribyrnong
Surface Grass
Tenants
Yarraville Cricket Club
Yarraville/Seddon Football Club (WRFL)
Yarraville Football Club (VFJA/VFA 1903–1984)

The Yarraville Oval is an Australian Rules Football and Cricket ground located on the corner of Williamstown Road and Anderson Street in Yarraville, Victoria.[1] It is currently the home ground of the Yarraville/Seddon Eagles Football Club[2] and the Yarraville Cricket Club.

The ground was most notable as the home of the Yarraville Football Club throughout almost its entire existence in both the Victorian Junior Football Association from 1903 until 1927, and then in the Victorian Football Association from 1928 until 1982; the club played its games at the Western Oval in its final season in 1983.[3] The ground was originally managed by a group of trustees, but management of the ground was transferred to the Footscray Council in 1928 to enable the ground to be upgraded to Association standards.[4] The City of Maribyrnong, which incorporates the former City of Footscray, remains the ground manager.[5]

In 1942, Yarraville Oval was the home of the Footscray Football Club in the Victorian Football League because its normal home ground, the Western Oval, was being used as an army base. The Western Region Football League had its head office at the Oval until 2010.

A ground record crowd estimated to be between 16,000 and 18,000 attended Ron Todd's first VFA match for Williamstown, played against Yarraville on 20 April 1940.[6][7] The record crowd for a VFL game was set on 25 July 1942 when 15,000 fans turned out to see Footscray defeat eventual grand finalist Richmond by seven points in a high scoring game.[8]

Tenants[edit]

Club Years Sport
Yarraville F.C 1903-1984 Football
Yarraville C.C. 1903–Present Cricket
Yarraville Boys Club 1968-2006 Football
Footscray F.C. 1942 Football
Kingsville F.C. 1990-1995 Football
Yarraville F.C. 1996-2006 Football
Yarraville/Seddon Eagles 2007–present Football
W.R.F.L. (Offices and League Finals) 1990-2010 Football

Grandstand[edit]

One of the most noticeable features of the Yarraville Oval is the Historic W Pedley Stand. The grandstand was actually built in two sections and has a unique V shape.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?page_Id=532
  2. ^ http://www.yseagles.com/about%20yse.htm
  3. ^ Marc Fiddian (26 March 1983). "Dullard, Towns join Seagulls". The Age (Melbourne, VIC). p. 27. 
  4. ^ "Yarraville Oval". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). 28 November 1928. p. 20. 
  5. ^ "Yarraville Oval". Maribyrnong City Council. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Rover (22 April 1940). "62,000 at V.F.A opening". The Argus (Melbourne, VIC). p. 13. 
  7. ^ "National Football – Club practice games". The Canberra Times (Canberra, ACT). 22 April 1940. p. 3. 
  8. ^ http://stats.rleague.com/afl/stats/games/1942/071419420725.html