Their joy, at being able to attend their old ground for AFLW games and last Thursday night for an AFL pre-season fixture, is palpable. You got it … Saints v Tigers at Moorabbin! In 1963, both Richmond and Fitzroy were approached, and then in early 1964, the council came to an agreement with the St Kilda Football Club. RSEA Park will undergo a second stage of development after a state government grant of 13 million dollars was publicly announced on 13 April to develop a Community Health & Wellbeing Centre, second indoor sports hall, AFL standard rooms for the clubs 2020 AFLW team entry along with AFLW administration base and a 1000 seat grandstand. An abandoned Moorabbin Oval was the site of a police targeting sniper in Season 1 Episode 3 of the Melbourne-based police drama Rush. The previous year, they’d won the wooden spoon. The strong club had been admitted from the Federal District League to the VFA in 1951, and its continued admission was contingent on the council developing Moorabbin Oval for its use. The G.G. The ground was most notable as the home of the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League, serving as its home ground for VFL/AFL matches from 1965 until 1992, and as its primary training and administrative base from 1965 until 2010. In its first season at the new ground the club played in front of capacity crowds. Moorabbin Oval was the home of the Melbourne Reds in the former Australian Baseball League from 1994 to 1999.  , The venue will also serve as the home ground for the Sandringham Dragons and the Southern Football League and other local community clubs and leagues. As part of the deal the leased parkland outside the property borderline on the outer side of the ground was released back to the local council, with St Kilda FC no longer required to maintain rental payments. For St Kilda supporters in a certain age-range, the attachment is to Moorabbin. Little Saints Activities Keep the kids entertained with a range of colouring, word … The first of these was between the 1979 and ’80 seasons when former player and, by then, wealthy trucking magnate, Lindsay Fox, was announced as the club’s new president.  St Kilda's final home game for premiership points at Moorabbin Oval was the Round 20 match on 1 August 1992, an 18-point win over the Fitzroy Lions in front of 27,736. Late the following season, an event occurred that was unique in the game’s history: the umpires went on strike.  The venue became one of the highest quality venues in the Association, and was noted for having the largest playing surface in the Association, similar in size to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. With the full-back of the century, Stephen Silvagni, hisopponent, "Plugger" kicked 10.7 of his team’s 13.18. These events were magnified by the theatre at which they unfolded. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. The council invested a further £100,000 to bring the venue to VFL standards and expand its capacity to 50,000. In the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s, when St Kilda suffered form severe financial hardship and had generally weak results, the ground was often quite muddy due to ground management issues including security. The Moorabbin Football Club, then the defending VFA premiers, supported the move and attempted an amalgamation with St Kilda, actions which resulted in its suspension from the VFA. St Kilda relocated its training, playing and administrative base from the St Kilda Cricket Club Ground (the "Junction Oval") to Moorabbin Oval at the end of the 1964 season.. With an outside terrace, you may …  Construction of stage 1 is continuing - with the final part of stage one due for completion in November 2018. A new facility was built at Belvedere Park in Seaford, approximately 21 kilometers south of Moorabbin; the development was a St Kilda Football Club development in conjunction with the Frankston City Council, the State Government Of Victoria and the AFL. It was the same year Richmond started the ground rationalisation ball rolling by shifting its home games from Punt Road Oval to the MCG. The ground was extensively renovated to provide training, administration and entertainment facilities within the Huggins Stand and a heritage museum in the Drake Stand. He was in his twilight years as a player but was an inspiring presence.  , The venue will also serve as the home ground for the Sandringham Dragons and the Southern Football League and other local community clubs and leagues. By opting in & providing your personal information, you agree to such use by St Kilda and the AFL, in accordance with the AFL and AFL club’s privacy policies.  St Kilda's final home game for premiership points at Moorabbin Oval was the Round 20 match on 1 August 1992, an 18-point win over the Fitzroy Lions in front of 27,736. Sunday, Monday ,Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am - 12am Thursday, Friday: 10am - 1am Saturday : 9am - 1am Which makes almost freakish the number of highly memorable events I happened to witness there.  Work is to commence on the stage 2 development sometime after the completion of the rest of stage 1 in November 2018.  A new grandstand was finished before the 1965 VFL season. In the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s, when St Kilda suffered form severe financial hardship and had generally weak results, the ground was often quite muddy due to ground management issues including security.  The 75-year deal precludes Moorabbin Oval from being sold until approximately 2039. The Saints relocated from the Junction Oval to Moorabbin in 1965. Huggins Stand had three internal floors that contained player rooms, a fully equipped player gymnasium, football department meeting rooms, administration offices, a membership department, gaming room and bar, the Trevor Barker Room (a function room with a bar), club shop, trophy and memorabilia display areas and other facilities. Briefly there was champagne, but mainly it was beer.