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CDFC - FOOTBALL’S LONG AWAITED RETURN TO ADELAIDE OVAL

 

CDFC - FOOTBALL’S LONG AWAITED RETURN TO ADELAIDE OVAL 
By Peter Argent 
Now completely redesigned and looking like a 21st century sporting coliseum, Adelaide Oval hosts its first event since its completion this Saturday, March 29.
Central Districts own Justin Westhoff will be among the key combatants as the first AFL Showdown as the two SA based clubs face of at Adelaide Oval, with the contest getting under way at 4.10 pm.   
Westhoff, a 2006 SANFL Grand Final participant from the Bulldogs Barossa country zone, played in the first AFL game at the venue against the Melbourne Demons on Sunday, September 3, 2011 before the multi-million dollar development. 
Adelaide Oval has a rich history and a strong connection with the community and also delivers a few fond memories for the Bulldogs faithful. 
“The first actually contest at Adelaide Oval was in December, 1873, in a cricket match between a British colonial born verses SA born SACA members,” noted Sporting Historian Bernard Whimpress. 
“The next sport at the venue was athletics meeting of the Adelaide Amateur athletics club during September 1875.
“Football has its first games at Adelaide Oval in August 1877 between Adelaide and a team called St Kilda.  
“Other sports include cycling (a track was put down in 1883), tennis, baseball, lacrosse, shinty (a form of hockey), field hockey, soccer, all codes of rugby and equestrian events have been held on the oval. 
“It became the regular venue for football in 1878, with association (grade) cricket played at the ground since 1876.” 
Adelaide Oval was seen as the home of two primary sporting passions from the 1870s until 1973, when the winter code of Aussie Rules football moved their headquarters to West Lakes, robbing a generation of South Australian’s consistent top level football in the city. 
Central District’s first league game at the venue was its second ever game in this company - playing the tenants at the oval and eventual premiers - South Adelaide in round two of the 1964 season. 
The Bulldogs went down by 70 points, but did kick 10 goals in this contest. 
By 1971 under the guidance of Tony Casserly the club played in its first final on Adelaide Oval. 
In an inspired effort and on the back of a brilliant last term by Robin “Irish” Mulholland defeated the reigning premiers Sturt by 27 points. 
The final score was Central District 13.13 (91) defeating Sturt 8.16 (64). 
“I vividly remember the size and closeness of the crowd that day,” Club games record holder Peter Vivian said. 
“As you ran onto the ground the noise was amazing. 
“Tony ran us around the boundary line before the game so we could absorb the atmosphere. 
“There would have been 29,000 people at the ground and we got all the neutral supporters watching that match. 
“It was a great day for the football club.”  
Adelaide Oval was a scene of many ANZAC Day Grand Final rematch successes from 2001 for the club. 
From 2001 to 2012 Central District played in each of the ANZAC day clashes, with the iconic ground hosting 10 of these marquee matches. 
“I loved it – you always get yourself up to play on Adelaide Oval – it was such a great surface,” modern-day club legend James Gowans said. 
“In that first year when we played everyone three times - the neutral games were at Adelaide Oval which was always a pleasure to run out onto the ground.   
“It was a big deal to get up for the ANZAC day games, because of where they were played. 
“10 of the 12 ANZAC day games were at Adelaide Oval with 2007 game being at Thebarton and one at the Ponderosa. 
“We had plenty of success at Adelaide Oval.”

By Peter Argent 

Now completely redesigned and looking like a 21st century sporting coliseum, Adelaide Oval hosts its first event since its completion this Saturday, March 29.

Central Districts own Justin Westhoff will be among the key combatants as the first AFL Showdown as the two SA based clubs face of at Adelaide Oval, with the contest getting under way at 4.10 pm.   

Westhoff, a 2006 SANFL Grand Final participant from the Bulldogs Barossa country zone, played in the first AFL game at the venue against the Melbourne Demons on Sunday, September 3, 2011 before the multi-million dollar development. 

Adelaide Oval has a rich history and a strong connection with the community and also delivers a few fond memories for the Bulldogs faithful. 

“The first actually contest at Adelaide Oval was in December, 1873, in a cricket match between a British colonial born verses SA born SACA members,” noted Sporting Historian Bernard Whimpress. 

“The next sport at the venue was athletics meeting of the Adelaide Amateur athletics club during September 1875.

“Football has its first games at Adelaide Oval in August 1877 between Adelaide and a team called St Kilda.  

“Other sports include cycling (a track was put down in 1883), tennis, baseball, lacrosse, shinty (a form of hockey), field hockey, soccer, all codes of rugby and equestrian events have been held on the oval. 

“It became the regular venue for football in 1878, with association (grade) cricket played at the ground since 1876.” 

Adelaide Oval was seen as the home of two primary sporting passions from the 1870s until 1973, when the winter code of Aussie Rules football moved their headquarters to West Lakes, robbing a generation of South Australian’s consistent top level football in the city. 

Central District’s first league game at the venue was its second ever game in this company - playing the tenants at the oval and eventual premiers - South Adelaide in round two of the 1964 season. 

The Bulldogs went down by 70 points, but did kick 10 goals in this contest. 

By 1971 under the guidance of Tony Casserly the club played in its first final on Adelaide Oval. 

In an inspired effort and on the back of a brilliant last term by Robin “Irish” Mulholland defeated the reigning premiers Sturt by 27 points. 

The final score was Central District 13.13 (91) defeating Sturt 8.16 (64). 

“I vividly remember the size and closeness of the crowd that day,” Club games record holder Peter Vivian said. 

“As you ran onto the ground the noise was amazing. 

“Tony ran us around the boundary line before the game so we could absorb the atmosphere. 

“There would have been 29,000 people at the ground and we got all the neutral supporters watching that match. 

“It was a great day for the football club.”  

Adelaide Oval was a scene of many ANZAC Day Grand Final rematch successes from 2001 for the club. 

From 2001 to 2012 Central District played in each of the ANZAC day clashes, with the iconic ground hosting 10 of these marquee matches. 

“I loved it – you always get yourself up to play on Adelaide Oval – it was such a great surface,” modern-day club legend James Gowans said. 

“In that first year when we played everyone three times - the neutral games were at Adelaide Oval which was always a pleasure to run out onto the ground.   

“It was a big deal to get up for the ANZAC day games, because of where they were played. 

“10 of the 12 ANZAC day games were at Adelaide Oval with 2007 game being at Thebarton and one at the Ponderosa. 

“We had plenty of success at Adelaide Oval.”

 
Peter 'Milky' Vivian, with possession against South Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in the 70's
 
James Gowans 2011 ANZAC Day
 
Centrals product Justin Westhoff, for Port Adelaide against Melbourne at Adelaide Oval in September 2011
Pictures Peter Argent phatsnaps.photoshelter.com 

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