The scoreboard attendant, timekeepers and umpires are safe and secure in the cream brick scoreboard at Shelley Reserve, a fair dinkum suburban footy ground in Melbourne’s north. Paling fences and gum trees border the Shelley St ground. Cars park around the boundary. And the siren is a dinky-di air-raid siren.
I caught the last quarter of the reserves a week or so ago, the home team pulling away in the last five minutes. Watched some of the first quarter of the seniors, perused some club memorabilia (the scoreboard appears to have been named after a past president) and then took the bike path along Darebin Creek. (The seniors, I read the next day, also defeated Diamond Creek.)
North Heidelberg, the Bulldogs, play in the second division of the Northern Football League.