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Remembering the ACT Cricketers who Served

103 years ago the guns fell silent around the world and what was then known as the Great War or the War to end all Wars had come to a conclusion. Today we remember the five ACT cricketers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of their nation.

Cricket in the ACT has had a strong link with the armed forces. In 1916 it was reported that seven members and the scorer of the former Ainslie club had enlisted and either were serving at Gallipoli or in training camps.

ACT Cricketers have served in conflicts starting back to the Boer War through to Vietnam. Two players who later went on to play for the ACT served in the Boer War while another 29 served in World War I. 117 ACT Cricketers served in World War II, four served in Korea, one in Peace Keeping Forces and seven served in Vietnam.

A larger number of ACT 1st Grade cricketers also served in all conflicts including a significant number who played for the Royal Military College while they were part of the ACT 1st Grade competition.

Five ACT Cricketers paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their nation. Four during World War II and one during the peacekeeping mission in Pakistan.

Mel Crombie

Melville Mahon Crombie was one of the first Canberrans to enlist in the Second World War. He was a qualified accountant who joined the Department of the Interior after gaining first-class honours in mathematics in his leaving certificate.

He was well known in Canberra cricket circles being both the secretary of the Northbourne Cricket Club and the assistant secretary of the ACT Cricket Association. He made his ACT debut in 1936/37 and played six times for the Territory including being a member of the 1938/39 Country Week squad.

On active service he was a member of the 2/19 Battalion after serving as a member of the 3rd Battalion Militia in Australia. After he escaped capture after the fall of Singapore but was later captured in Java. He was made a prisoner of war in Burma and passed away working on the Burma Railway in 1943.

William Worthy

William John Worthy made his ACT debut at the age of just 18 in 1934/35. Born in Yass in 1916, he played for Hall and Ainslie up until the suspension of the grade competition in 1939/40.

He was a bus driver in Canberra and enlisted in the Army in August 1940. He fought on the Kokoda Track with his battalion and rose to the rank of Corporal. Serving in the 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion in Papua New Guinea, he was killed on active service on 26 November 1942 when the Australian force attacked the Japanese stronghold of Gona in Papua.

He is buried in the Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery. His twin brother, Leslie Charles Worthy had also died on active service in Papua New Guinea in March of 1942.

Edward Jones

Flight Sargent Edward Lloyd Jones died while flying a RAAF Boomerang operating out of the Strathpine airfield in southern Queensland. He crashed into the sea east of Caloundra on 10 November 1943. He was buried at the Lutwyche Cemetery in Brisbane.

Born in 1917, he played for the ACT in 1940/41 in the final match before representative matches were suspended for the rest of the war. He played for the Ainslie club in the grade competition.

He was formerly a member of the Parliamentary Hansard Staff in the Federal Parliament before moving to Hobart and was formerly a journalist with the Canberra Times and Wagga Advertiser.

Wally “Faf” Hall

Born in Footscray in 1917, Wally “Faf” Hall came to Canberra at the age of 10 when he moved to the capital in 1927 with his parents. His father was part of the Public Service Board on it’s relocation from Melbourne. He attended Telopea Park High School and was a gifted athlete while at and just after leaving school. On several occasions he ran 100 yards in just over 11 seconds at Manuka Oval and also represented the ACT National Football side in Melbourne on one occasion. He played cricket for the St Andrew’s Cricket Club in the sub-district side and from there was selected to play for the ACT on a single occasion in 1934 against Cooma in Cooma.

After he left school he joined the Commonwealth Bank and served in Canberra, Queanbeyan and Darwin. After which he enlisted in the Army in 1940 after being a member of the militia in Canberra after leaving school. He served in the 2/2 Australian Infantry Battalion embarking for the Middle East in 1941. He moved with the AIF to Papua where he saw action on the Owen Stanley Ranges on the Kokoda Track. He was killed during combat on 18 November 1942 and he is now buried in the Kokoda War Cemetery.

Robert Nimmo

Robert Harold Nimmo was a member of the first ACT (then Federal Territory) side that played Cooma on Australia Day in 1923. He played for Duntroon in the initial grade competition.

He entered the Royal Military College at Duntroon in 1912 in the second intake. He was awarded the sword of honour as the top student in his intake. He landed on Gallipoli as a troop commander in May 1915 and was evacuated due to illness in August. He served throughout the Palestine campaign in a variety of command appointments.

He returned to Duntroon in 1920 was an instructor at the RMC. He also served in various command positions as a Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier in New Guinea. He was promoted to Major General after the War and appointed a CBE in 1950.

Nimmo died in his sleep of a heart attack in 1966 at Rawalpindi, Pakistan while he was acting as the Chief Military Observer to the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan. He had served in this role from 1950 until his death. He was buried in the ANZAC section of Mount Gravatt cemetery in Brisbane with full military and UN honours.

Manuka Oval History

Manuka Oval Timeline

  • 1924 – First recorded sporting event at Manuka Circle Park when Canberra played Duntroon in an Australian Football match. Canberra won 7-9-51 to Duntroon’s 3-8-24.
  • 1925 – Concept for Manuka Oval approved by Parliament.
  • 1927 – First Soccer match held at Manuka Oval between the Federal Capital Territory and members of the HMS Renown.
  • 1927 – First Rugby League match held at Manuka Oval when Federal Rovers played West Queanbeyan.
  • 1929 – Manuka Circle Park was transformed into a sports ground a fence was built around the ground.
  • 1930 – First cricket match held at the Oval when Dr Neil Blue’s XI played the Federal Capital Territory.
  • 1937 – Caretaker’s Cottage constructed.
  • 1938 – New Zealand All Blacks play a Canberra representative side in August.
  • 1945 – National Sheepdog trials held for the first time at the ground.
  • 1947 – Boxing and Wrestling bouts held at the ground.
  • 1948 – Great Britain Rugby League side played local side Group 8.
  • 1954 – 16,000 schoolchildren attended Manuka Oval for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1959 – Exhibition Tennis Matches played at the ground which included Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall.
  • 1959 – 10,000 attend the Billy Graham Crusade at the ground.
  • 1962 – The original Bradman Pavilion was opened by Sir Donald Bradman at the Prime Minister’s XI match.
  • 1979 – ACT Administration decided to develop Manuka Oval primarily for cricket.
  • 1983 – The Jack Fingleton Scoreboard was relocated from the MCG and erected at the ground.
  • 1987 – Sir Robert Menzies Stand built.
  • 1988 – First Women’s One Day International held at the ground – Australia v New Zealand at the 1988 World Cup.
  • 1989 – Turf practice wickets laid outside of the Oval.
  • 1992 – Bob Hawke Stand built.
  • 1992 – First One Day International held at the ground during the World Cup.
  • 1996 – ACT Brumbies play a Super 12 match at the venue
  • 1998 – First AFL Premiership Match held at the venue when North Melbourne played Port Adelaide.
  • 2000 – The new Sir Donald Bradman Stand was completed.
  • 2001 – Canberra Raiders play a NRL match at the ground.
  • 2012 – Floodlights installed at the ground.
  • 2013 – New playing surface installed with improved drainage and irrigation.
  • 2015 – WBBL and Big Bash Finals held at the ground.
  • 2018 – New Media Centre finished.
  • 2019 – First Test Match held at the ground.

Manuka Oval Trivia

  • Manuka Oval was originally called Blandfordia Recreation Reserve and then called Manuka Circle Park which was an open field.
  • Manuka Oval was only developed as an interim ground pending the development of a National Oval. This Oval was to be developed between Northbourne Avenue and Black Mountain, roughly around where the CSIRO and Barry Drive is now. Construction of the National Oval was started in October 1927 but the Great Depression put a hold on the development as well as many other pieces of construction in the capital. Construction restarted on a “National Sports Ground” in 1937 where members of the FCT Cricket Association and the visiting English side were to plant a tree to commemorate their visit. World War II then stopped the construction again and then the area was acquired by the fledgling Australian National University.
  • The Jack Fingleton Scoreboard at Manuka Oval was acquired from the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1982 by the Department of the Capital Territory in 1982. The scoreboard was dedicated by the Governor-General, Sir Ninian Stephen on January 24, 1983 during a match between the ACT and the touring New Zealanders. The scoreboard was resurrected and transported to Manuka Oval for the cost of $110,000 after it was decommissioned at the Melbourne Cricket Ground following the installation of the first electronic scoreboard. It was originally built in 1907 and was initially located at the eastern end of the MCG at a total cost of 852 pounds. The scoreboard was dismantled in January 1982 and then transported to Canberra. The scoreboard has three floors, connected by a staircase and a number changing system featuring a handle driving a bicycle chain around a sprocket that turned over numbers on a fabric roll.
  • Manuka Oval has hosted 1 Test Match, 10 Men’s One Day Internationals including 4 World Cup Matches, 8 Women’s One Day Internationals including 1 World Cup Match, 2 Men’s Twenty20 Internationals, 14 Women’s T20 Internationals including 5 World Cup Matches, 11 First-Class Matches, 26 List A Matches, 21 Twenty20 Matches, 5 Youth Test Matches, 1 Youth ODI Match, 3 Women’s First-Class Matches, 41 Women’s List A Matches, and 39 Women’s Twenty20 Matches.
  • Manuka Oval is the 118th International Test Match Venue and the 11th Test Match Venue in Australia. The ACT is the final Australian state or territory to host a Test Match.
  • Manuka Oval is the 95th International Male ODI Venue and the 12th Male ODI Venue in Australia.
  • Manuka Oval is the 67th International Female ODI Venue and the 8th Female ODI Venue in Australia.
  • Manuka Oval is the 134th International Male T20 International Venue and the 11th Male T20I Venue in Australia.
  • The field size is 167.5m x 138.2m

Highest Manuka Oval Match Attendances

  1. PM’s XI v West Indies (22/1/1985)             15,807
  2. PM’s XI v West Indies (24/1/1984)             14,484
  3. PM’s XI v New Zealand (22/1/1986)          12,700
  4. PM’s XI v England (10/11/2006)                 11,859
  5. Big Bash League Final (28/1/2015)            11,837
  6. Thunder v Hurricanes (9/2/2019)              11,557
  7. Australia v West Indies (6/2/2013)            11,548
  8. Australia v Sri Lanka (2/2/2019)                 11,388
  9. Thunder v Renegades (24/1/2018)            11,319
  10. PM’s XI v India (28/1/2004)                         11,300
  11. PM’s XI v M.C.C. (6/2/1963)                        11,000
  12. Afghanistan v Bangladesh (18/2/2015)     10,972
  13. PM’s XI v England (14/1/2014)                    10,939
  14. Australia v India (20/1/2016)                      10,922
  15. PM’s XI v West Indies (12/12/1996)          10,843
  16. Australia v South Africa (19/11/2014)       10,583
  17. PM’s XI v West Indies (7/12/2000)             10,498
  18. PM’s XI v West Indies (18/2/1961)             10,000

Manuka Oval Curators

  1. 1930-1940 – Mr McFurland
  2. 1940-1948 – Bill Tickner
  3. 1948-1962 – Jack Plummer
  4. 1962-1984 – Jim Thompson
  5. 1984-1990 – Ron Winter
  6. 1990-1994 – Richard Winter
  7. 1994-2004 – Greg Brearley
  8. 2004-2008 – Marcus Pamplin
  9. 2008-2021 – Brad van Dam
  10. 2021-Current – Tom Fahey

ACT 1st Grade Cricket Grounds

The following grounds have been used for 1st Grade matches in the ACT Premier Cricket Competitions.

Acton Sports Ground

Other Names: Acton Hockey Ground

Suburb/Locality: Acton

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1933/34

Home Teams: Canberra, Acton

Notes: Located inside the old Canberra Racecourse and now resides underneath Lake Burley Griffin in the area between Acton Peninsula and Springbank Island.

 

Acton Sports Ground No.2

Other Names: Acton Flats Sports Field

Suburb/Locality: Acton

1st Grade Matches: 1932/33

Home Teams: Acton

Notes: Now located under Lake Burley Griffin in the area of the West Basin.

 

Ainslie Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: in the area now known as Lyneham

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1925/26

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: The initial Ainslie Cricket Club ground, located on what is now the Lyneham Primary School.

 

Ainslie Oval

Other Names: Alan Ray Oval.

Suburb/Locality: Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1938/39-1960/61

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: The Ainslie was established in 1935 but only with a concrete wicket. It wasn’t until 1948 that a turf wicket was installed at the ground. The ground wasn’t used for cricket after 1961 as the ground was leased to the Athletics Association. The ground was then used by rugby union and most recently Australian Football. The ground was renamed after Alan Ray, a long time stalwart of the Ainslie Football Club who incidentally also played cricket for the ACT.

 

Albert Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Cootamundra (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2006/07-2007/08

Home Teams: Northern Riverina

Notes: The ground is main cricket ground in Cootamundra.

 

Alexandra Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: East Albury (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2006/07

Home Teams: Albury Wodonga

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the East Albury Cricket Club.

 

 

ANU North Oval

Other Names: ANU No.2 Oval

Suburb/Locality: Turner

1st Grade Matches: 1976/77-2020/21

Home Teams: ANU

Notes: Established by the ANU in 1968 in open parklands on the northside of Barry Drive. The area was open parkland established by the Griffin plan in the exact opposite position of Northbourne Oval on the other side of Northbourne Avenue.

 

ANU South Oval

Other Names: University Oval

Suburb/Locality: Acton

1st Grade Matches: 1963/64-2020/21

Home Teams: ANU

Notes: Established by the Australian National University in 1962.

 

Bilson Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: North Albury (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2006/07

Home Teams: Albury Wodonga

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Albury Cricket Club.

 

Birallee Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wodonga (Vic)

Initial 1st Grade Match: 2000/01

Home Teams: Albury & Border

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Wodonga Raiders Cricket Club.

 

Boomanulla Oval

Other Names: Narrabundah South Oval

Suburb/Locality: Narrabundah

1st Grade Matches: 1965/66-2006/07

Home Teams: Queanbeyan, Ginninderra, Western District

Notes: The ground is named after Indigenous advocate Mervin John “Boominulla” Williams.

 

Brad Haddin Oval

Other Names: Queanbeyan Park, Queanbeyan Town Park

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1923/24-2005/06

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes:  The ground was named after former Australian cricketer Brad Haddin in October 2016.

 

 

 

Bruce Stadium

Other Names: National Athletics Stadium, Canberra Stadium, GIO Stadium

Suburb/Locality: Bruce

1st Grade Matches: 1992/93

Home Teams: N/A

Notes: Hosted only two 1st Grade matches, one as a test for the upcoming Limited Overs Final and the Limited Overs Final itself. The ground was later renamed Canberra Stadium and then GIO Stadium when they took on the naming rights sponsorship of the stadium. The Stadium was built in 1977 for the Pacific Conference Games. The Stadium was converted to it’s current rectangular format in 1990.

 

Bunton Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: North Albury (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2001/02

Home Teams: Albury & Border, North Albury

Notes: The ground is home to the North Albury Cricket Club.

 

Canberra Grammar School Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Red Hill

1st Grade Matches: 2003/04-2011/12

Home Teams: ACT Under 19s

 

Capitol Hill Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: area now known as Capitol Hill

1st Grade Matches: 1928/29

Home Teams: Manuka

Notes: The Capitol Hill Camp was located on the southern side of Capitol Hill and has now been replaced by the southern entrance to New Parliament House. The Capitol Hill Ground is located in what is now York Park in Barton.

 

Chisholm No.1 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Chisholm

1st Grade Matches: 1987/88-2020/21

Home Teams: Tuggeranong Valley

 

Curtin Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Curtin

1st Grade Matches: 1969/70

Home Teams: South Woden

 

 

 

Deakin Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Deakin

1st Grade Matches: 1964/65-1986/87

Home Teams: Woden, Tuggeranong Valley

Notes: The ground is no longer used for cricket after being converted to a rectangular ground for exclusive use by Association Football.

 

Deakin West Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Deakin

1st Grade Matches: 1987/88-1988/89

Home Teams: Woden Valley, Eastlake (lower grades)

 

Dickson Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Dickson

1st Grade Matches: 1967/68-1973/74

Home Teams: Northern Suburbs, North Canberra-Gungahlin (lower grades). The ground has since had it’s turf pitches removed.

 

East Queanbeyan Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: East Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1946/47

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: A concrete cricket pitch was established in 1935.

 

Ex-Servicemen’s No.1 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Griffith (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2007/08-2009/10

Home Teams: Griffith & Leeton, Riverina Colts

 

Fernhill Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: the area now known as Lyneham

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27-1929/30

Home Teams: Ainslie United, Ainslie

Notes: The Fernhill property was located along Mackennal Street in Lyneham at the back of the current St Ninian’s Church in Lyneham. The property was resumed by the government in 1958 to make way for the development of Lyneham.

 

 

 

Freebody Oval

Other Names: Freebody No.1 Oval

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1991/92-2020/21

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The Freebody Oval precinct was named after former Mayor W.B. Freebody.

 

Haig Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1932/33-1937/38

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: Haig Park was established in 1921 as the “East-West Shelter Break” with it’s prime function to protect the new Civic Centre from wind and dust. The park was named after Earl Douglas Haig who commanded the British Empire Forces in World War I. The ground is now located in the grounds of Merici College.

 

Hall Showground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Hall

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1939/40

Home Teams: Hall

Notes: The ground still exists and is located on the corner of Victoria and Gladstone Streets in the village of Hall. The Hall Showgrounds hosted the Canberra Show from 1927 to 1963.

 

Harrison No.2 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Harrison

1st Grade Matches: 2013/14-2018/19

Home Teams: North Canberra-Gungahlin

 

Hostel Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: In the area now known as Yarralumla, then known as Westlake.

1st Grade Matches: 1923/24-1925/26

Home Teams: Hostel

Notes: The Hostel Camp was located in what is now known as Stirling Park and the current embassy sites. The camp was pulled down in 1927.

 

Jamison Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Macquarie

1st Grade Matches: 2004/05-2020/21

Home Teams: Western District

 

 

 

Kaleen Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Kaleen

1st Grade Matches: 1984/85-2008/09

Home Teams: Ginninderra, Western District

 

Keith Tournier Memorial Oval

Other Names: Majura Oval

Suburb/Locality: Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1973/74-2020/21

Home Teams: Northern Suburbs, North Canberra-Gungahlin

Notes: The ground was named after Keith Tournier in 2007. Keith was a stalwart of the Northern Suburbs and North Canberra-Gungahlin Cricket Clubs.

 

Kenmore Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Kenmore (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2004/05-2007/08

Home Teams: Goulburn

Notes: The ground is located in the grounds of the old Kenmore Hospital.

 

Kingston Oval

Other Names: Eastlake Oval

Suburb/Locality: Kingston

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-2020/21

Home Teams: Eastlake, Kingston, Eastern Suburbs, South Canberra/Eastlake

Notes: The ground was renamed Kingston Oval after the area was renamed to Kingston from Eastlake.

 

Kippax No.1 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Holt

1st Grade Matches: 1979/80-2020/21

Home Teams: Ginninderra

 

Kippax No.2 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Holt

1st Grade Matches: 2007/08-2016/17

Home Teams: Ginninderra

 

Lavington Sports Ground

Other Names: Lavington Panthers Oval

Suburb/Locality: Lavington (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2005/06-2008/09

Home Teams: Albury Wodonga

Notes: The ground is the home to the Lavington Panthers Cricket Club.

 

Lindwall Oval

Other Names: Marist College Oval

Suburb/Locality: Pearce

1st Grade Matches: 2011/12-2019/20

Home Teams: Eastlake

Note: The ground is located in the grounds of Marist College. It was named after former Australian fast bowler Ray Lindwall in 1990.

 

Manuka Oval

Other Names: Manuka Circle Park, StarTrack Oval, UNSW Canberra Oval

Suburb/Locality: Manuka

1st Grade Matches: 1929/30-2019/20

Home Teams: Manuka

 

Margaret Donoghue Sportsground

Other Names: Dairy Farmers Park, Margaret Donoghue Oval

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1979/80-1988/89

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The ground is now solely used by Australian Football.

 

Mark Taylor Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Leeton (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2006/07-2009/10

Home Teams: Griffith & Leeton, Leeton, Riverina Colts

 

Martin Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wodonga

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00

Home Teams: Albury & Border

Notes: The ground is home to the Wodonga Cricket Club.

 

Narrabundah Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Narrabundah

1st Grade Matches: 1957/58-1963/64

Home Teams: Kingston

Notes: Part of the ground was resumed to build the Narrabundah Primary School.

 

Neil Bulger Oval

Other Names: Freebody No.2 Oval

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan

1st Grade Matches: 2012/13-2020/21

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The ground was renamed after Neil Bulger, former ACT and Queanbeyan allrounder in 2015.

 

No.2 STT Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Kingston

1st Grade Matches: 1946/47

Home Teams: Kingston

Notes: The ground was used by the No.2 School of Technical Training (RAAF) located in Kingston which operated from 1939 to 1945. The No.2 STT used the facilities of the Canberra Technical Workshops located in the Kingston Workshops along Wentworth Avenue.

 

North Canberra Recreation Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: South Ainslie

1st Grade Matches: 1930/31-1932/33

Home Teams: Ainslie

Notes: Although the exact location of the ground is unknown, it is believed to be in the vicinity of the Ainslie Primary School around Elder Street in Ainslie.

 

Northbourne Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Braddon

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27

Home Teams: Ainslie United

Notes: The Northbourne Camps were located near the trees located in Haig Park on the northside of the Civic Centre. The camp was established in March 1926 and dismantled in 1928. The ground is now part of the grounds of Merici College.

 

Northbourne Oval

Other Names: Northbourne Sports Ground, Rugby League Park

Suburb/Locality: Braddon

1st Grade Matches: 1925/26-1975/76

Home Teams: Northbourne, City

Notes: The first enclosed ground established in Canberra. The ground was leased by Rugby League in 1976 and then longer used for cricket. The ground now serves as the headquarters of the Canberra Raiders Rugby League team.

 

O’Connor Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: O’Connor

1st Grade Matches: 1968/69-1994/95

Home Teams: Western District, ANU (lower grades)

 

 

 

Phillip District Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Phillip

1st Grade Matches: 1974/75-1978/79

Home Teams: South Woden, Weston Creek Molonglo (lower grades)

Notes: The grandstand at the ground was built in 1989 and named after Michael O’Connor, the former dual international footballer. The grandstand was designed by Enrico Taglietti, the award winning architect.

 

Phillip Oval

Other Names: Football Park, EPC Solar Park

Suburb/Locality: Phillip

1st Grade Matches: 1974/75-2020/21

Home Teams: South Woden, Woden, Woden Valley

Notes: Now the home of Cricket ACT, the ground was renamed EPC Solar Park in 2020.

 

Queanbeyan Showground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Queanbeyan (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1930/31-1932/33

Home Teams: Queanbeyan

Notes: The Showground was originally laid out in plans in 1863.

 

Raby No.2 Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Raby (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2009/10

Home Teams: Newcastle XI

 

Red Hill Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Red Hill

1st Grade Matches: 1925/26

Home Teams: McCarthy’s XI

Notes: The Red Hill Ground was situated at the northern end of what is Latrobe Park located in what is now Deakin.

 

Reid Oval

Other Names: Reid Park

Suburb/Locality: Reid

1st Grade Matches: 1933/34-1988/89

Home Teams: Northbourne, Turner, City, North Canberra-Gungahlin (lower grades), Ginninderra (lower grades)

 

 

 

RMC Oval No.1

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1985/86

Home Teams: Cadets, Duntroon, RMC, Combined Services, RMC Staff

Notes: The ground held the first turf wicket in the ACT. The turf wicket was removed in 2015 when the ground was used as a base for the construction of the Majura Parkway. The turf wicket was replaced with a synthetic wicket.

 

RMC Oval No.2

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1948/49-1955/56

Home Teams: RMC, Combined Services, RMC Staff

Notes: The ground has been replaced with touch football fields.

 

RMC Oval No.3

Other Names: Alamein Oval

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1949/50-1956/57

Home Teams: RMC, RMC Staff, Combined Services

 

RMC Oval No.4

Other Names: Scheyville Field

Suburb/Locality: Duntroon

1st Grade Matches: 1962/63

Home Teams: N/A

 

Robertson Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wagga Wagga (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2000/01-2009/10

Home Teams: Wagga Wagga

Notes: The ground is the premier cricket ground in Wagga Wagga and has been used for first-class cricket.

 

Rosedale Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Warwick Farm (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2009/10

Home Teams: Newcastle XI

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Fairfield-Liverpool Cricket Club.

 

 

 

Rowen Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Tallangatta (Vic)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00

Home Teams: Albury & Border

Notes: The ground is the home ground of the Tallangatta Cricket Club.

 

Seiffert Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Goulburn (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2008/09

Home Teams: Goulburn

Notes: The ground is the main cricket ground located in Goulburn.

 

South Eastlake Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Eastlake

1st Grade Matches: 1927/28

Home Teams: South Eastlake

Notes: The South Eastlake Oval was located near the present day intersection of Leeton and Mildura Streets in Kingston.

 

Stirling Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Stirling

1st Grade Matches: 1979/80-2020/21

Home Teams: Weston Creek Molonglo

 

Telopea Park School Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Barton

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27-1946/47

Home Teams: Capitol Hill, Kingston

 

Tim Doolan Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Harden (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2006/07-2007/08

Home Teams: Northern Riverina

 

 

 

Turner Oval

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Turner

1st Grade Matches: 1947/48-1964/65

Home Teams: Turner

Notes: The ground was established as part of the proposed National Sports Centre but the rest of the complex was never developed. The ground was located in the corner of what is now the ANU Campus at the intersection of what is now Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street. In 1965 the ground was redeveloped and is now part of the ANU’s Science Precinct. The David Craig Building was built on the site of the oval.

 

Victoria Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Yass (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 2000/01

Home Teams: N/A

 

Wagga Wagga Cricket Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Wagga Wagga (NSW)

1st Grade Matches: 1999/00-2006/07

Home Teams: 1999/00-2006/07

 

Westlake Camp Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: In the area now known as Yarralumla

1st Grade Matches: 1926/27-1927/28

Home Teams: Westlake

Notes: The Westlake Camp Ground is now located under Lake Burley Griffin in the West Basin.

 

Westridge Ground

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: In the area now known as Yarralumla

1st Grade Matches: 1922/23-1926/27

Home Teams: Westridge

Notes: The Westridge Ground was located along the Cotter Road, 2 miles from the Hotel Canberra (now the Hyatt Hotel Canberra). The present location for the ground is between Weston Street and the current Forestry Oval in Yarralumla.

 

York Park

Other Names: N/A

Suburb/Locality: Barton

1st Grade Matches: 1929/30-1948/49

Home Teams: Manuka

Notes: York Park was named to commemorate the visit of the Duke of York (later King George VI) to Canberra in 1927 to open the provisional Parliament House. The ground originally contained three cricket grounds but is now the home to office development and car parks.

 

ACT 1st Grade Cricket Clubs

ACT 1st Grade Cricket Clubs

 

ACT Under 19s

The Under 19s side participated in the Limited Overs competition in the limited overs competition in 2002/03 and 2012/13. The team later competed in the Twenty20 competition.

 

Acton

Formed for the 1928/29 season, they participated until the 1933/34 season when they withdrew from the competition due to their lack of competitiveness.

 

Ainslie

One of the first clubs formed in Canberra, formed around the farmlands near what is now the Old Canberra Inn in Lyneham. Their home ground was at the Fernhill Farm which is located in what is now in Lyneham. The club continued into the district competition where their area moved towards the current suburb of Ainslie, situated around what was then known as Ainslie Oval.

 

Ainslie United

Formed around the area near Braddon, the club only lasted one season and forfeited games near the end of that season.

 

Albury & Border/Albury Wodonga

The team was the representative side of the Albury & Border Cricket Association, now known as the Albury Wodonga Cricket Association. The side played in the Konica Cup between 2006/07 to 2009/10. Albury Wodonga also participated in the Twenty20 Competition.

 

Australian National University

The Australian National University Cricket Club first participated in 1st Grade in 1963/64 and have competed in 1st Grade continuously until the present day. The club participated in the lower grades first as Canberra University College later as University.

 

Cadets

The side was made up of Cadets who were in residence at the Royal Military College. The side participated from 1922/23 to 1926/27 until the competition was restructured into a district competition. A second side participated in the initial FTCA season but withdrew after half a season.

 

Canberra

The Canberra Cricket Club participated from the 1922/23 season until the 1927/28 season when they withdrew. The side was based around the Capitol Hill workmen’s camps and withdrew after the camps started to disband after the completion of the provisional Parliament House.

 

Capitol Hill

The Capitol Hill Cricket Club participated for one season in 1926/27 based around the Capitol Hill Camp where the current New Parliament House in located.

 

 

 

City (later City-Daramalan)

The City District Cricket Club was formed after the restructure of the cricket competition in 1969/70. Although a new club, the club was formed with the players of the Northbourne, Ainslie and Turner Cricket Clubs. The club merged with the Daramalan City & Suburban club in 1988/89 and participated as City-Daramalan.

 

City & Suburban

The City & Suburban side was the representative side of the Canberra City & Suburban Cricket Association which participated in five seasons between 2001/02 and 2009/10 in the Konica Cup. The side also competed in the

 

Combined Services

A side made up of members of the services competed in the 1st Grade competition in 1953/54. A number of the members of the side were stationed in Canberra for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Duntroon

The Duntroon Cricket Club participated between 1922/23 and 1927/28 seasons and was made up of staff of the Royal Military College including commissioned officers as well as civilian staff of the College.

 

Eastern Suburbs (formerly East Canberra)

The East Canberra Cricket Club was formed after the restructure of the competition in 1969/70. Although a brand new club, the club was based around players of the Manuka and Kingston Cricket Clubs. The side was renamed Eastern Suburbs in the 1984/85 season. The club then merged with Woden Valley for the 1989/90 season to be known as South Canberra.

 

Eastlake (formerly South Canberra and South Canberra Eastlake)

The Eastlake Cricket Club was formed after the merger of Eastern Suburbs and Woden Valley Cricket Clubs following the reduction of the competition from 10 to 8 clubs. The club was renamed South Canberra Eastlake in the 1998/99 season and then to the current club name in 1999/00.

 

Eastlake (formerly Power House)

The initial Eastlake Cricket Club was originally named Power House in 1914 and was formed by workers of the Canberra Power House. The club was renamed Eastlake prior to the start of the FTCA competition in 1922/23. The club withdrew from the competition after the 1926/27 season following the restructure of the competition.

 

Ginninderra (formerly Ginninderra West Belconnen)

The Ginninderra Cricket Club initially started to participate in grade competitions in the ACTCA Sub-District competition in 1975/76 after competing as a junior cricket club only. The club was then admitted to the 3rd and 4th Grades in 1978/79 and then admitted to an expanded Grade competition in 1979/80 along with Weston Creek. The club was known as Ginninderra West Belconnen from 1990/91 to 2004/05 following an agreement with the West Belconnen Leagues Club.

 

Goulburn

The Goulburn representative side participated for five seasons in the Konica Cup between 1999/00 and 2008/09. The side later participated in the ACT lower grade T20 competitions.

 

Griffith & Leeton

A combined representative side from the Griffith and Leeton Cricket Associations participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in 2006/07 and 2007/08.

 

Hall

The Hall Cricket Club centred around the village of Hall played in the ACT 1st Grade Competitions between 1922/23 and 1939/40 for 15 seasons. The club drew their players from the Hall village as well as the surrounding farms. The club continued to participate in the lower grades until the early 1960s.

 

Hostel

The Hostel Cricket Club was based around the Hostel of unmarried men who were in Canberra to help build the Hotel Canberra, now known as the Hyatt. The Hostel was located in what is now known as Stirling Park near the current Lotus Bay. The club participated for two seasons, 1923/24 and 1924/25 before disbanding. A number of player went on to form the Westlake Cricket Club.

 

Kingston

One of the powerhouses of the early competition, the side first participated in the competition in the first season of district cricket in 1928/29 and continued until 1968/69 when the competition was restructured. The club was centred around the shopping and residential district of Kingston.

 

Leeton

The Leeton Cricket Association representative side broke away from the Griffith side and played as a standalone side for two seasons of the Konica Cup in 2008/09 and 2009/10. Leeton later competed in the Twenty20 Competition.

 

Manuka (for a period Manuka-Yarralumla)

The Manuka Cricket Club first participated in the initial district competition in 1928/29 and continued until 1968/69 when the competition was restructured. From 1953/54 to 1961/62, the side combined with sub-district club Yarralumla and was named Manuka-Yarralumla. This agreement lapsed after 1961/62 and the name reverted back to Manuka.

 

McCarthy’s XI

The McCarthy’s XI side participated for one season in 1925/26 playing 18 matches. The side was based around the Red Hill area but did not participate after their initial season.

 

Newcastle XI

An eleven from the Newcastle District Cricket Association participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in the 2009/10 season only.

 

North Albury

The North Albury Cricket Club participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition for one season, 2001/02 following the withdrawal of the Albury & Border Cricket Association from the competition.

 

 

 

North Canberra-Gungahlin (formerly North Canberra Daramalan and North Canberra-Ainslie)

The North Canberra-Gungahlin Cricket Club was formed following a merger of the City-Daramalan and City District Cricket Clubs following the restructure of the competition from 10 to 8 teams in 1989/90. The club was renamed North Canberra-Ainslie in 1995/96 following an agreement with the Ainslie Football Club. The club was renamed again in 1999/00 to North Canberra-Gungahlin to take advantage of the new growth area of Gungahlin.

 

Northbourne

The Northbourne Cricket Club first played in the 1925/26 and continued to play after the introduction of the district competition in 1928/29. The side continued until the restructure of the competition following the 1968/69 season. The club was centred around Northbourne Oval in Braddon.

 

Northern Riverina

A representative side from the Northern Riverina Cricket Council participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition from 2006/07 to 2007/08.

 

Northern Suburbs

The Northern Suburbs Cricket Club first played in the 1st Grade competition in 1963/64 and continued until the restructure of the competition in 1989/90 when they merged with the City-Daramalan club. The club was formed around the newly established suburbs of Downer, Hackett and Watson.

 

Queanbeyan

The longest serving club in the ACT 1st Grade Competition, Queanbeyan District Cricket Club has played in the competition in 1923/24 and then from 1926/27 until the current day. The original Queanbeyan club was formed in 1860 but folded three times before the current club was formed. The side was part of the 1923/24 season but withdrew part way through the season to concentrate on playing sides from the local district.

 

Riverina Colts

A colts side from Riverina participated in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in 2009/10 but was generally unsuccessful and did not participate any further in ACT Grade competitions.

 

RMC Staff

A team based on staff who were working at the Royal Military College participated in three seasons in 1st Grade between 1950/51 and 1955/56.

 

Royal Military College

A side made up from cadets from the Royal Military College participated in the ACT 1st Grade Competition from 1946/47 to 1956/57. A second side participated in the 1st Grade Competition in the 1954/55 season.

 

South Eastlake

The South Eastlake Cricket Club initially participated in B Grade in 1926/27 and then played their only season of A Grade Cricket in 1927/28 prior to the reorganization of the competition to district cricket in 1928/29.

 

South Woden

The South Woden Cricket Club was formed in 1969 mainly for residents initially of south of Hindmarsh Drive. The club was formed to take advantage of the growing new suburbs south of  the Woden Town Centre. The club merged with the Woden Club in 1984 to form Woden Valley to allow for the introduction of the Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club into 1st Grade.

 

Tuggeranong Valley

The Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club was admitted to 1st Grade in the 1984/85 season following the amalgamation of the South Woden and Woden clubs. The new club took advantage of the growth areas in the south of Canberra.

 

Turner

The Turner Cricket Club was formed after World War II in 1948/49 to take advantage of the growth in suburbs to the west of Canberra. The club played at the Turner Oval which is now part of the ANU campus around the area of Fellows Oval. The club continued for 21 seasons until the restructure of the competition in 1969.

 

Wagga Wagga

The Wagga Wagga representative side participated for two seasons in the Konica Cup Limited Overs Competition in 1999/00 and 2009/10. The side later participated in the Twenty20 Competition.

 

Western District (for a period Western District-University of Canberra)

Initially formed as the Belconnen Cricket Club, the side quickly took on the name as Western District for their initial season in the newly restructured season in 1969/70. The side was named renamed Western District-University of Canberra from 2004/05 to 2018/19 following an agreement with the University of Canberra Sports Union. The side reverted back to the name Western District following the lapse of the agreement.

 

Westlake

Formed out of the ashes of the Hostel Cricket Club, the Westlake Cricket Club members were workers from the workmen camps in the area between Capitol Hill and what is now known as Yarralumla. The club participated for two seasons from 1926/27 to 1927/28 before the start of district cricket.

 

Weston Creek Molonglo (formerly Weston Creek)

Formed in 1972 as a junior club, Weston Creek participated in the sub district competitions in 1975/76 before playing 3rd and 4th Grade in 1978/79. They were added to 1st Grade in an expanded competition in 1979/80. The side was renamed Weston Creek Molonglo in 2013/14 to take advantage of the new residential developments in the Molonglo Valley.

 

Westridge

The Westridge club was based around the western end of what is now the suburb of Yarralumla. The club participated in club matches prior to World War I but was then known as the Brickbats as many of the players were workers at the brick works in Yarralumla. The club participated from the initial season until the 1926/27 season.

 

 

 

Woden

The Woden Cricket Club was formed in 1965 when a group of cricketers who lived in the newly settled area of Woden Valley. This followed the success in 1963/64 of the formation of the Northern Suburbs. The club was originally going to be called Woden Valley but was formed as Woden District Cricket Club. The Woden Valley name was used when the Woden and South Woden clubs merged in 1984.

 

Woden Valley

The Woden Valley was formed in 1984 when the South Woden and Woden Cricket Clubs merged following the entry of Tuggeranong Valley into the grade competition. The club lasted until the 1988/89 when the reduction of teams from 10 to 8 saw the club merge with Eastern Suburbs. The club had planned to rename itself Southern Cross Woden for the 1989/90 if the reduction of teams did not go ahead.

Defining an Australian Premier 1st Grade Match

Defining an Australian Premier 1st Grade Match

I am currently in the process of working on a Australian Premier 1st Grade Project. In this project I am looking at collating the following information:

  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Match and Result
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Player
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Umpire
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Scorer
  • Every Australian Premier 1st Grade Ground

This is the male competition only but once this is completed, I will be working on the women’s competitions.

In terms of what defines an Australian Premier 1st Grade match, each state and territory defines it as something different. In terms of my project, I am defining this as the following. This is to compare apples and apples, not apples and pears if you can get my drift.

Australian Capital Territory

  • ACT Premier 1st Grade Competitions for the Douglas Cup, John Gallop Cup (and it’s predecessors) and the ACT Twenty20 Competition.

New South Wales

  • NSW Premier 1st Grade Competitions for the Belvidere Cup, NSW Limited Overs Competition, Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Competition.
  • The Rothman’s Cup and the Limited Overs Competition.

Queensland

  • Queensland Premier 1st Grade Competitions for the Two-Day, One-Day and Twenty20 Competitions.
  • K&R Plumbing One Day Competition and it’s predecessors.

South Australia

  • SACA Premier 1st Grade, Limited Overs and Twenty20 Competitions.
  • Gillette Cup One Day Competition

Tasmania

  • Tasmania Premier 1st Grade, Limited Overs and Twenty20 Competitions (previously the STCA 1st Grade Competitions).
  • Kookaburra Cup Knock-Out Competition.
  • Town & Country Cup Knock-Out Competition.

Victoria

  • Victoria Premier 1st Grade Two-Day and Limited Overs Competitions.
  • Super Slam Twenty20 Competition.
  • Premier Twenty20 Competition.
  • HSV-7/Canberra TV/State Bank Cup Knock Out Competitions
  • Kleenex Shield/Easton Sports Shield/Puma Knockout Cup/CUB One-Day Shield

Western Australia

  • WACA Premier 1st Grade Two-Day Competition and One Day League Competition
  • Premier T20 Competition
  • Sunday League
  • Statewide Twenty20 Competition

Highest Individual Innings in List A Cricket

Today, Travis Head made 230 for South Australia against Queensland in the Marsh One-Day Cup.  It is the 6th highest individual innings overall in List A cricket and the second highest in Australia after D’arcy Short’s 257 for Western Australia in 2018/19 at Hurstville Oval.

Highest Individual Innings in List A Matches:

268 AD Brown (2002)
264 RG Sharma (2014/15)
257 DJM Short (2018/19)
248 S Dhawan (2013/14)
237* MJ Guptill (2014/15)
230 TM Head (Today)
227* PP Shaw (2020/21)
222* RG Pollock (1974/75)
222 JM How (2012/13)

Premier 1st Grade Cricket Grounds Named after Test Cricketers

Abbett Park East, Scarborough was recently renamed Justin Langer Oval. This is the 24th Premier 1st Grade Ground named after a Test Cricketer.

This includes Oxenham Park which the main oval was later named Ken Mackay Oval.

The following is a list of Premier 1st Grade Grounds named after Test Cricketers:

Alan Davidson Oval, Alexandria
Allan Border Field, Albion
Allan Border Oval, Mosman
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote
Brad Haddin Oval, Queanbeyan
Glenn McGrath Oval, Caringbah
Grahame Thomas Oval, Bankstown
Harry Trott Oval, St Kilda
Ian Healy Oval, Kalinga
IW Johnson Oval, Albert Park
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
Ken Mackay Oval, Nundah (formerly Oxenham Park)
Kippax No.1 Oval, Holt
Kippax No.2 Oval, Holt
Mark Taylor Oval, Leeton
Mark Taylor Oval, Waitara
Mervyn G Hughes Oval, Footscray
Peter Burge Oval, Wellington Point
Peter Siddle Oval, Morwell
Ross Gregory Oval, St Kilda
Tony Dodemaide Oval, Footscray
Trevor Hohns Oval, Deagon
Trumper Oval, Paddington

Premier Cricket Resumes Tomorrow

Premier Cricket resumes tomorrow with Queensland Premier Cricket starting with a limited overs round.

Redlands take on Valley at Peter Burge Oval. Usman Khawaja, Mark Steketee and Cameron Boyce will turn out for Valley.

Toombul will play Sandgate-Redcliffe at Ken Mackay Oval. Matt Renshaw will be playing for Toombul.

University of Queensland will be playing Northern Suburbs at WEP Harris at the UQ St Lucia Campus.

Wynnum-Manly will be playing South Brisbane at Bill Albury Oval.

Gold Coast take on Western Suburbs at Bill Pippen Oval in Robina. Michael Neser will be playing for the Gold Coast.

In the final match, Ipswich will be playing Sunshine Coast at Baxter Oval in Ipswich.

All matches will start at 9:30am local time.

Most Seasons without a 1st Grade Premiership for Current Clubs

Most Seasons without a 1st Grade Premiership for Current Clubs:

This includes Two-Day, Limited Overs and Twenty20 Competitions.

Out of the clubs below, Hawkesbury, Gosnells and Frankston Peninsula are yet to win a Premiership.

118 – Greenvale Kangaroos

53 – Casey-South Melbourne

51 – Essendon

48 – Western Suburbs (NSW)

46 – University of WA

36 – Hawkesbury

34 – Campbelltown-Camden

34 – Gosnells

30 – Gordon

29 – Mount Lawley

28 – Frankston Peninsula

25 – Melbourne University

Australian Premier 1st Grade Statistics Project

I’ve just passed 50,000 matches into my list of Premier 1st Grade Matches. I’m missing the following seasons from competitions which I am hoping for some assistance with:
Queensland Premier Cricket
– All matches 1954/55-2004/05
– T20 and LO Matches – 2005/06-2008/09
SA Premier Cricket
– All Matches 1954/55-2007/08 (2-Day, LO and T20)
Vic Premier Cricket
– VCA Knockout Competition (1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74)
– State Bank Cup (1974/75, 1975/76)
– Premier Twenty20 Competition (2004/05)
WA Premier Cricket
– All matches 1954/55-2006/07
– Sunday League 1978/79-2006/07
– Statewide T20 2005/06-2018/19
Anything that anyone has would be grateful, even match lists of 1st Grade matches played by a club.