Boulder, Western Australia

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Grand final 2018

Boulder Recreation Reserve, now called Digger Daws Oval, has been the home of Goldfields Football League clubs Boulder City (Tigers) since 1896 and Mines Rovers (Diorites) since 1898. The clubs enjoy a healthy rivalry and played off in the 2018 grand final.

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From the western wing of the ground the vista hasn’t changed much over the past century or so. It takes in the Recreation Hotel, the mighty Boulder Town Hall, St Joseph’s Convent and the now boarded up All Hallows church.

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Famous Diorites include the first Sandover Medal winner Tom Outridge, Essendon star Alec Epis, the legendary Nipper Truscott and Adelaide’s Eddie Betts. Sandover Medal winners Jack Rocchi, Sonny Maffina and Lin Richards all came from the Tigers.

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In action 2010.

However right now the most famous footballer to begin his career at the oval in Boulder is former Diorite Dom Sheed who just happened kick an important goal at the MCG on Saturday 29 September 2018.

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