Wayde’s world – Euroa, Victoria

1952 Hawthorn vs Carlton. Image sourced from Channel 31 Local Footy Show.
1952 Hawthorn vs Carlton at Euroa. Image sourced from Channel 31 Local Footy Show.

Research and photos by Wayde Petersen

In 1952 Carlton played Hawthorn at Euroa’s Memorial Oval, in an official VFL game (part of a Propaganda Round).  Carlton 17.15.117 def Hawthorn 11.14.80. About 5000 people attended, a great crowd considering the town’s population didn’t register 1000 back then. (It still doesn’t reach the 2000 mark even now). I think the scoreboard from that time is still standing, though boarded up.

Euroa Old scoreboard

The Magpies were formed in 1880 and  have been part of the Goulburn Valley Football League since 1970, when they won the flag in their first GVFL season. Since then they have only added another senior title, in 1990, to the trophy cabinet.

Two scoreboards, camouflaged amongst the shadows and the gums.

Euroa’s ground is nestled alongside  Seven Creek, and it’s one of the prettiest places to watch a game of football.

A lone jogger enjoys the shade.

Euroa is the home club of current Collingwood Magpie, Jamie Elliott.

Euroa in action against Rochester, Round 13, 2013

Carlton v Hawthorn at Euroa on YouTube (about three mintes in).

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