Chatswood Oval

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Chatswood Oval & Trumper Pavilion
Chatswood Oval Sunday morning.jpg
Location Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°47.9733′S 151°10.88904′E / 33.7995550°S 151.18148400°E / -33.7995550; 151.18148400Coordinates: 33°47.9733′S 151°10.88904′E / 33.7995550°S 151.18148400°E / -33.7995550; 151.18148400
Establishment 1900
Capacity 8,200 (approximately)
Owner City of Willoughby
Tenants Gordon Rugby Football Club, & Gordon District Cricket Club
Source: Nancy Booker & Ida Bennett. Municipality of Willoughby West Ward, page 38. ISBN 0-909633-13-4

Chatswood Oval is located south of the Chatswood railway station in northern Sydney, Australia. It has four small pavilions and seating surrounding the oval. It is one of the Lower North Shore's largest sportsgrounds, and the home ground of the Gordon Rugby Football Club and Gordon District Cricket Club. One of the largest crowds was 8,127 when Gordon Rugby played Randwick in 1976.[1] Gordon Rugby have been playing at Chatswood Oval since 1936. The approximate dimensions of the oval are 145 metres by 112 metres.

History[edit]

In 1898, the local council approved for five acres of land south of the railway station to be made a public park. This area was formerly a Chinese market garden with a large well in the centre. The oval was opened in 1900. In the season 1906-07 The Gordon District Cricket Club took up residence, previously known as the Willoughby District Cricket Club.

The heyday of cricket for Chatswood Oval was up to the 1930s. Of note was Don Bradman's 201 runs scored at Chatswood Oval in April 1932, including 28 fours and two sixes in 171 minutes.[2] Also, the local resident Charlie Macartney who hit a cricket ball over the train line, disrupting a game of bowls.[3] Macartney was affectionately known by Chatswood residents as "our Governor General". His friend, another local resident Victor Trumper played here, and was a crowd favourite. The Trumper Pavilion was named in his honour. Bert Oldfield played regularly at Chatswood Oval.[4] Macartney, Trumper and Oldfield were all Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

A few first grade Rugby League games were played at Chatswood Oval in the 1930s. Featuring North Sydney playing Souths, Easts and Balmain.[5]

In the early 1900s trees were planted around the oval. Many survive to the 21st century, including fine examples of Hoop Pine and Bunya Pine.

Pavilions[edit]

It soon became clear that the original 1903 grandstand was too small. And in 1913 plans were made to replace it. This occurred in 1924 with the construction of the Trumper Pavilion, which seats 250 spectators. The Cedric Pike stand (1963), holding 315 spectators was named after a local Rugby figure, who died as a prisoner of war in Malaya in 1943. The Paul Harrison Pavilion (1980) is named after a local supporter of sport. And the Jack Donnelly Stand (1980) is named after a former mayor and athlete.[6]

Famous cricketers associated with Chatswood Oval[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chatswood Oval". Gordon Rugby. 
  2. ^ "Charlie Macartney". Gordon Cricket. 
  3. ^ Cashman, Franks, Maxwell, Sainsbury, Stoddart, Weaver, Webster (1997). The A-Z of Australian cricketers. pp. 178–179.
  4. ^ "Bert Olfield". Gordon Cricket. 
  5. ^ "Chatswood Oval". The World Of Rugby League. 
  6. ^ Nancy Booker & Ida Bennett. Municipality of Willoughby West Ward, page 38. ISBN 0-909633-13-4
Chatswood Oval looking south