Port Oval opened 50 years ago

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The Port Oval was officially opened on the 2nd April 1967 with a game against West Torrens. A souvenir program was produced for the day with excerpts below which details their struggles to get the oval up and running. The committee of the time are to be congratulated for having the vision to turn a swamp into an oval. To water the oval until 1991 an above ground watering system was used consisting of aluminium pipes that stretched across the oval that had to be manually moved by volunteers. The volunteers would be rostered on to move the pipes day and night including the early hours of the morning. Before football training could start players would have to move the sprinklers off the oval.
In 1991 the Club took a big leap forward with the installation of an underground watering system. This came with its problems with a large amount of old quarried slag being left on the surface. Being hard and sharp they were dangerous and Josh Coombe spent many hours removing them.
In 2000 the oval was surveyed and made symmetrical. This was followed later in 2000 & 2001 with the installation of the current oval fence. The most significant change to the oval came in 2005 when 1,540 cubic metres of sand was used to laser level the oval. In conjunction with this the Wandearah Cricket Club installed 4 turf pitches on the oval.
The Club hosted its second Port Pirie Cricket Association A Grand Final on the turf on the 25th March 2017. The culmination all this hard work over many years will see SGL football played at the Port Oval for 2017 & 2018 as Memorial Oval is redeveloped.

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