Eric Algra’s epic adventures – Parilla and Geranium, South Australia

Parilla, South Australia. All photos by Eric Algra.

Parilla, South Australia. All photos by Eric Algra.

Photographer and football lover Eric Algra continues his trip from Melbourne to hometown Adelaide, via the Mallee. “The Parilla ground had, to me, a lovely sense of community.”

Parilla mural

“Mural depicting the sports played at Parilla. (No surprises here!)”

Quiet times at the Parilla scoreboard.

The Mallee Football League in South Australia was formed in 1994 when the Lameroo & Districts Football League and the Murraylands Football League amalgamated.

There were seven clubs: Karoonda Districts, Lameroo, Murrayville, Ngallo, Peake & Districts,  Pinnaroo and Parilla /Geranium

Parilla /Geranium went into recess in 1998 and Ngallo followed in 2001. Border Downs Tintinara joined the Mallee League in 2002.  There have been six clubs since that time. (There is also a Mallee Football League in Victoria.)

"Although the grass had been recently cut, this ground had a sad and abandoned feel to it."

“Although the grass had been recently cut, the Geranium ground had a sad and abandoned feel to it.”

Goal posts in Geranium

“If they were to hold a footy match here, the goal umpires would certainly have their work cut out for them!”

Scoreboard at Geranium

Scoreboard skeleton at Geranium footy ground.

Where is Parilla?

Where is Geranium?

Scoreboard Pressure looks forward to more of Eric’s epic adventures.

You can also visit Eric’s site  for some very fine photography, from Melbourne to rural Australia to New York to Cardiff.

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