Grounds

Current Grounds

Former Grounds

Kensington Oval (SANFL)

The Kensington Oval is located on 344 The Parade, Kensington, South Australia.

From an area originally known as Shipsters Paddock, Kensington Oval was officially opened on Saturday, 10 July 1875. The ground was originally used for a range of sports including Australian Rules Football. The Kensington Football Club and the Norwood Football Club played at the oval between 1875 and 1897. Despite being located in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, the Oval was also the home ground for the West Adelaide Football Club in 1897.

Sir Donald Bradman (who lived in Kensington) played at the oval often after joining the Kensington club upon his move to Adelaide from Sydney in 1935.

From 1963, the ground was converted into an athletics stadium, featuring a rubber-bitumen track. In 1975, the track was upgraded to tartan track. The ground was also home to the Adelaide City soccer club.

In the 1990s, a new home for South Australian athletics, Santos Stadium, was built and Olympic Sports Field was taken over by the neighbouring Pembroke School, Adelaide. The running track was removed in 1995 and the ground was redeveloped as a cricket ground. Its original name of Kensington Oval was revived and the ground now plays host to grade and women’s cricket matches.

Overseas Grounds

The Oval (UK)

The Oval, currently referred to for sponsorship purposes as the Kia Oval, is an international cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, in South London. The Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845. It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket in September 1880. The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.

Australia has played England 37 times at the Oval with England winning 16 and Australia 7. 14 were drawn.

The Oval has been the AFL’s home away from home with all matches except one played at the Oval. The participating teams are in the table below.

Date Teams Attendance
03/11/2012 Western Bulldogs vs. Port Adelaide 10,000
21/10/2006 Geelong v. Port Adelaide 12,129
08/10/2005 West Coast v. Fremantle 18,884
11/10/2003 Collingwood v. Fremantle 12,847
12/10/2002 Richmond v. Essendon 13,000
07/10/2000 Melbourne v. Adelaide 4,500
09/10/1999 Essendon v. Hawthorn 12,000+
10/10/1998 Western Bulldogs v. St Kilda 12,000
12/10/1997 West Coast v. Collingwood 14,000
16/10/1994 Richmond v. Carlton and Adelaide v West Coast 6,000
13/10/1991 West Coast v. Hawthorn 10,000
14/10/1990 Collingwood v. Essendon 9,000
22/10/1989 Melbourne v. Essendon 12,000
09/10/1988 Hawthorn v. Carlton 10,000
11/10/1987 Carlton v. North Melbourne 14,000
12/10/1986 Carlton v. North Melbourne ?
29/10/1972 Carlton v. All-Stars 9,000

Pakistan

Winner of ICC Champions Trophy FDI 02/11/2017

In 2017 Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval with a massive 180 run win over arch rival India. Originally known as the ICC Knockout when it was staged in 1998 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and in 2000 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was renamed the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 was held every two years until 2009 (when it was held in South Africa after the scheduled event in 2008 in Pakistan had to be cancelled). Subsequently the event moved to a four year cycle and features the top eight teams in the ICC one-day rankings.

Pakistan Post issued a set of three stamps and a Miniature Sheet showing the Oval’s OCS Stand. The stamps show the winning team and the trophy and stand.

United Kingdom

Sports Series FDI 10/10/1980

The Test & County Cricket Board, in part to celebrate the centenary of the first test match at The Oval in 1880, privately produced a booklet with the Oval on the back cover. It contained 6 x 17.5p cricket commemorative stamps (SG1137.)

The booklet had an image of Lords on the front cover and information on John Arlott, WG Grace, Ted Dexter, Lord Harris and Murray Hedgcock inside.