Trevor Barker Beach Oval
Trevor Barker Beach Oval.jpg
Former namesBeach Road Oval
Hampton Oval
Sandringham Cricket Ground
LocationBeach Rd, Sandringham, Victoria
Coordinates37°56′42″S 145°0′1″E / 37.94500°S 145.00028°E / -37.94500; 145.00028Coordinates: 37°56′42″S 145°0′1″E / 37.94500°S 145.00028°E / -37.94500; 145.00028
OwnerCity of Bayside
Capacity8,000 (500 seated)[1]
Field size160m × 120m
SurfaceGrass
Opened1929
Tenants
Sandringham Football Club (VFL)
Southern Saints VFLW
Sandringham Dragons (NAB League)
St Kilda (AFLW) (2022)

Trevor Barker Beach Oval,[2] currently known under naming rights as the Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval,[3][4] is an Australian rules football ground in Beach Road, on the border between Hampton and Sandringham, Victoria. Most commonly known as Beach Road Oval throughout its existence, in 1998 the ground was renamed after the late Trevor Barker, who died of cancer in 1996 at the age of 39.[5] Barker had coached the Sandringham Football Club to the 1992 and 1994 premierships.

In the late 1920s, the Sandringham council had been seeking to establish a senior football club in the district to join the Victorian Football Association, and providing a fenced venue to which admission could be charged was a requirement of the Association. After a previous unsuccessful application,[6] the council received permission from the State Government to fence the existing playing oval in February 1929; the Sandringham Football Club entered the VFA the same season.[7]

The oval has a single grandstand (the Neil Bencraft Grandstand), a southern end named after record breaking goal kicker Nick Sautner (the Sautner Goal), and an administration centre (the John Mennie Administration Centre)[8] – a social club and a capacity for 10,000. A record crowd of 18,000 attended the venue's first Sunday VFA premiership game, held between Sandringham and Port Melbourne Football Club in April 1964.[9] A rec footy competition was also played at the ground.

References

  1. ^ "Trevor Barker Beach Oval". austadiums.com. Austadiums. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Trevor Barker Beach Oval". austadiums.com. Austadiums. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Wilson Storage renew Sandringham Football Club partnership". Wilson Storage. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Fixture update: Saints and Lions set to lock horns this Sunday". saints.com.au. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  5. ^ Booth, Ross (9 August 1998). "VFL battle escalates". The Age. p. 29.
  6. ^ "Football – Sandringham and Association". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 26 January 1929. p. 21.
  7. ^ "Sandringham park land". The Argus. Melbourne, VIC. 23 February 1929. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Round 13 Preview and Teams – Sandringham V Casey". Sandringham Football Club. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  9. ^ Scot Palmer (20 April 1964). "VFA got off to a great start". The Sun News-Pictorial. Melbourne, VIC. p. 44.