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1967 Football Port Hedland v Marble Bar

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Port Hedland’s first football oval

According to long term Pilbara resident Mickey Dann, Port Hedland’s first football oval was located on Hardie Street, where Port Hedland Toyota’s workshop is now, opposite Jupps Carpet Court.

First football oval in Port Hedland, ref.  Micky Dann, via facebook, July 2014
First football oval in Port Hedland, ref. Micky Dann, via facebook, July 2014

According to Mickey, the oval would get flooded at high tide.  At the time, the creek flowed around the Esplanade Hotel and would flood a pond covering a quarter of the oval.

Editor note:

From memory there was also a football oval on the corner of Wilson Street and Cooke Point Drive on the west side of the road.  It too would get flooded.

Eventually in 1969 a sandy oval was made in the middle of the race track.   Determined to get a grassed oval in Port Hedland to match that of Goldsworthy, in 1971 Colin Matheson used his election to the Port Hedland Shire Council to implement the infrastructure required for Port Hedland’s first grassed oval, complete with recycled effluent water for irrigation.  Ref: Johnny Come Lately, 1997, p.  172.

 

 

 

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