TG Millner Field

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T G Millner Field is in the northwestern Sydney suburb of Marsfield and is currently the home ground of Eastwood Rugby Club, a rugby union team that competes in the Shute Shield competition.

History[edit]

In 1952, Vimiera Recreation Grounds, a company associated with Eastwood Rugby, purchased 4 and a half acres of land a mile and a half north-east of Eastwood railway station for the construction of a sporting complex for Eastwood Rugby. At the time sporting clubs only had access to fields owned and maintained by suburban councils and this purchase was made possible by a loan from Colonel Tom Millner MC VD. The clubhouse and oval were built by volunteers and after 1963 and the development of dressing rooms, all home games were played at Marsfield. Additional land was bought in 1967 increasing the site to more than 16 acres (65,000 m2).

The complex originally had 3 full sized playing fields which have been floodlit since 1969 and which were available for games and training. The grandstand was also constructed in 1969. [1]

During the 1990s the North Ryde Soccer Football Club played at the TG Millner Field for a number of years.[2]

In 2000 Vimiera Recreation Grounds, the owners of T G Millner, signed a 99-year lease with North Ryde RSL Community Club which transferred control over the entire complex to the RSL. Following this transfer a number of changes occurred which included the RSL prohibiting rugby being played on the third field

In 2017, VRG advised that the entire complex had been sold to North Ryde RSL.[3]

On August 25, 2020 Ryde Council decided not to proceed with heritage listing T.G. Millner Field.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eastwood Rugby Club [https://web.archive.org/web/20060820154827/http://www.ea stwoodrugby.com.au/default.asp?id=80219 Archived] 20 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The Early Years North Ryde Football Club
  3. ^ Eastwood Rugby's sale of TG Millner Field very sad, but necessary for club's survival Sydney Morning Herald 17 March 2017
  4. ^ Council Meeting - 25 August 2020 City of Ryde

Coordinates: 33°46′36″S 151°05′54″E / 33.77667°S 151.0982°E / -33.77667; 151.0982