Keilor, Victoria

Williamstown v North Ballarat June 2011

Why, you may wonder, were VFL teams Williamstown and North Ballarat playing in Keilor last year? Williamstown had a nomadic 2011, playing here, there and everywhere while its home ground, and grandstand, were being resurfaced and rebuilt.

The one-off game at Keilor, home to the Bulldogs in the Essendon & District Football League, was won by the rural visitors, North Ballarat, who jumped the ‘home’ team in the first quarter. Williamstown fought back in the last quarter but it was a tale of too little too late.

The Frank Elliot Memorial Scoreboard did its job, though the numbers were hard to read from the far side of the ground.The timekeepers’ box, on the right, was pretty cosy. Just enough room to press the buttons.

I wonder if the hand-painted team signs for the game have been retained for posterity or painted over.

Keilor finished seventh in the ten-team EDFL this year. Two of its junior teams won flags and another five played in grand finals. Former Keilor players include Essendon premiership players Mark Harvey and Rick Olarenshaw and current cult-figure Richmond ruckman Ivan Maric.

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