Bullaring, Western Australia

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I almost missed it, but luckily the goal posts caught my eye. And the fence around the oval. This overgrown paddock had once been a serious sporting ground.

BullaringSmallB&WThe smell of linament had long gone from the change rooms but the numbered nails above the long bench seat told their own tale. A couple of tins of paint in the rooms suggested someone had thought about giving it a spruce up and given up on the idea.

I knew about Bullaring – one of my Corrigin cricket team mates, the elegant batsman and sporting gentleman Bob Lockyer lived there. And I’d passed through before my scoreboard obsession.

BullaringSmallsideI am a scoreboard man and picked a spot on the far wing where I thought one might have been and wound my way through the centre of the oval thankful it wasn’t summer when snakes were active. The scoreboard had been pushed over but it was there. A neat metal structure with a timber bench for the attendant – I wanted to share my excitement but couldn’t get mobile reception so enjoyed it alone. Then I found a numberplate some metres behind the board – joy.

BullaringSmallgoalsbetterBullaring, wearing red and black, took part in the Corrigin Football Association from 1945 and merged with Yealering (next stop on my trip) in 1968. One of Bullaring’s greatest was Peter Doyle who played over 500 senior games and made a name as an administrator in the Corrigin FA and beyond. He is profiled in A Way of Life: The Story of Country Football in Western Australia published by the WA Country Football League in 2010 and edited by Alan East.BullaringSmallrollerBullaringSmallboard1BullaringSmallroomsBullaringSmallmales

9 comments

  1. Les
    Thanks for the photos of the Bullaring ground. As a first year out teacher in 1963 I played for Corrigin when there were two teams in the town, Corrigin and Tigers. A friend & I had been reminiscing about football in the area and I was looking for information on the web when I came across your site. I was wondering what had become of the ovals at Bullaring, Yealering and Dudunin. Google Earth showed that the Bullaring ground had possibly become overgrown and your photos confirm it.

    Ian Jennings

  2. I started work with GW Seimons & Son at the Bullaring store in 1972 and played cricket on the Bullaring sports ground in the seventies what a great time and played footy at the oval when Peter Doyle played i think his last game what memories

  3. Great to see the interest in old Bullaring history. Les you will be pleased to know I saved the old scoreboard from the salt and vandals and it is proud once again in the back yard of my brother in law, son of one of the legends of the footy club Len Hovell. I played for Bullaring and Rovers until they folded and still have my old footy jumper No. 5. Hello Ian Jennings who taught Jeanie and myself at Corrigin in year 10 and was a great sport teacher. Cheers John Grylls

  4. I played for Bullaring from 1960 to about 1968 which was a strong and successful club at that time. Many fond memories and wonderful team mates . Bullaring lost to Kondinin [ a very strong team for some years] by about 4 goals in the Grand Final of 1963. Seems like yesterday and seems like another life . How time goes by. Regards to all.

  5. Les’ article prompted us to call in at the Bullaring ground two years ago. Although the buildings are derelict there was enough there, along with the oval, to bring back a few memories.

    Time has dimmed some of those memories but I recall some of the better Bullaring players being Wayne Connolly, Peter and Kevin Doyle, Gary and Barry Rendell and Bob Lockyer.

    My first game against Bullaring was in 1963 on the old oval at Corrigin. That was the last season the oval was used. We were well beaten after starting the game with fourteen players. Seeding took precedence over football for a few players but we managed to get four extra by half time.

    One memory of that game was Kevin Doyle apologising to me because he thought a free kick awarded to him should have gone to me.

    Although the majority of my sport was played in the city the most enjoyable was during my eight years in the wheatbelt.

    Regards to John and Jeanie, I remember you well.

    Ian Jennings

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