Boyanup, Western Australia
I first visited Boyanup Oval in 2011 and it was clear then that the ground was no longer used for senior football. A recent visit showed the scoreboard has been through some hard times.
Once the home of the Boyanup-Capel-Dardanup Cardinals. Boyanup Oval is an impressive facility in a wonderful setting. The Cardinals morphed into the Eaton Boomers who won the South West Football League premiership in 2013.
The Cardinals live on at Boyanup Oval through the vibrant Boyanup-Capel-Dardanup Cardinals Junior Football Club.
The most famous footy product of Boyanup is Bradley Smith who was a premiership player with East Perth in 1972 and 1978, coached East Fremantle to a premiership in 1979 and played in the Grand Final for North Melbourne in 1974.
Boyanup-Capel-Dardanup produced six winners of the Hayward Medal the SWFL’s top individual honour – Wally Brown (1963), Ray Scott (1964), David Barnard (1972), Mark Blakely (1989), Darren Best (1990) and Brett Glass (1992). Blakley, who played 58 games for East Perth, is the father of Fremantle 2014 Draft pick Connor Blakely.
It wasn’t footy or a scoreboard that drew us to Boyanup for this visit, it was the farmers market we’d read about in Inside Cover in The West Australian and it did not disappoint. The highlight were the cannoli freshly filled with ricotta on the spot ensuring the crispy cases remained crunchy – you wouldn’t find better in Italy. (An Italian told me that.)