Harry Trott Oval, St Kilda, Victoria

Harry Trott Oval electronic scoreboard

The Guild of International Scoreboard Attendants has traditionally been wary of these fancy, new fandangled, electronic-digital scoreboards, ever since the first feeble light bulb lit up a scoreboard all those years ago. (Indeed, the Guild was formed to protect the jobs of its members, and amongst its industrial action was the vandalising of some of this new technology.) But, credit where credit is due, this electronic scoreboard is pretty impressive. You can see that the St Kilda second X1 is under a lot of pressure, with Morris facing Northcote’s Sundberg. I was puzzled by the ‘6.30’ in the bottom left-hand corner. A minute later it said 6.31.  I took the photo at about 3.30.

Harry Trott Oval

Harry Trott Oval

Richard Pratt Scoreboard

Gary Smorgon Oval

The Guild was less than impressed, however, by this scoreboard just a few hundred metres from the Harry Trott Oval. Either it wasn’t working properly, or it wasn’t being operated correctly. The Guild is considering a return visit, perhaps in winter, to see how it copes with footy scores.

Many of the ovals around Albert Park Lake are named after sports stars: cricketers Warwick Armstrong, Ross Gregory, Ian Johnson,  Lindsay Hassett,  and Bill Woodfull;  soccer’s Ange Postecoglu, Alan Davidson, Paul Wade, and Paul Trimboli, football’s John Coleman, Bob Skilton, and Ian Stewart; and hockey’s Dorothy Paul and Jesse Ferguson. It’s a sports lover’s paradise.

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