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Devonport Oval

Devonport Oval
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LocationDevonport, Tasmania
Coordinates41°10′1″S 146°21′32″E / 41.16694°S 146.35889°E / -41.16694; 146.35889
OwnerDevonport City Council
OperatorDevonport City Council
Capacity10,000[1]
SurfaceGrass
Openedc. 1937
Tenants
Devonport Football Club (TSL & NWFL)
Devonport Cricket Club
Tasmania Devils (VFL) (2001-2005)
Hawthorn Football Club (AFL) (2022)
Ground information
End names
Bass Strait End
Southern End
International information
Only ODI3 February 1987:
 England v  West Indies
As of 8 January 2016
Source: Cricinfo

Devonport Oval is an Australian rules football, cricket and athletics stadium in Devonport, Tasmania. It is the home stadium for the Devonport Football Club in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) and for the Devonport Cricket Club in the NWTCA competition. The oval also hosts the Devonport Athletics & Cycling Carnival each year and regularly attracts interstate competitors. The stadium has a capacity of 13,000 people, and has recently undergone upgrades for increased lighting to be used for night football matches in the TSL in 2009. There has been recent talk of selling the Devonport Oval, along with the East Devonport Oval and two other local recreation facilities, to fund a new sporting precinct in Devonport.[2]

History

The Devonport Oval is positioned next to Mersey Bluff in Devonport overlooking Bass Strait.

The stadium has two stands, the Frank Matthews Stand, which is a long wooden Main Stand on the wing, and a newer concrete stand with bucket seats in the pocket, as well as a pavilion and a grass hill. The ground is tiered on one side.

After the Devonport City Council's decision to upgrade the unused Devonport Oval in 1937, a Victorian Football League practice match was played there between Collingwood and Geelong, and the redevelopment was a winner for the fans, with a crowd of more than 10,000 attending. In 1959, Devonport's population was just under 14,000 people, in that same year an interstate Australian football match between Tasmania and Victoria was played there and the attendance was 13,500; three years later, an interstate match between Tasmania and the Victorian Football Association drew 20,000 spectators.[3]

The Devonport Oval hosted one One Day International cricket match in the 1986–87 season between England and the West Indies. It also hosted many Tasmanian Sheffield Shield cricket matches and domestic one-day matches for Tasmania. The ground also hosted two Tasmanian State Grand Finals and six TFL Statewide League finals between 1988 and 2000 and hosted the North West Football Union Grand Final on several occasions.

References

  1. ^ "Devonport Oval". Austadiums.com. Austadiums. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ Bingham, Libby (3 February 2012). "Laycock has sports facilities in her sights". The Advocate. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  3. ^ Scot Palmer (5 June 1962). "Triumph for VFA "so quiet"". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 43.
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