Greater Esperance Sports Ground, Western Australia
The side door to the scoreboard at the GSG, home of the Ports, was swinging open when I visited so I took the opportunity to slip inside and slide a few numbers into place to give the board some life.
Ports, the Blues, were the Esperance Districts Football Association premiers in 2010 and 2011 and finished third in 2012 when arch rivals Esperance, the Bulldogs, won the flag.
Ports were formed in 1966 and their products include 1995 Sandover Medal winner Craig Treleven who won the fairest and best award in his only two senior years at the Blues in 1990 and 1991. Stephen O’Reilly played his junior footy for Ports and Garry Sidebottom was coach in 1993.
The 2011 grand final was one of the great moments in the club’s history. Gibson led 7.2 to 1.1 at quarter time but Ports edged their way back into the game and pulled away in the last quarter to win by 21 points.
The team nameplates featuring club colours and logos at the GSG are impressive though viewing the game through a metal grid must be disconcerting. I put the numbers back in their neat places, left the scoreboard as I’d found it and roped up the door so that it wasn’t swinging free.