What will become of the 1956 scoreboard at the Junction Oval in St Kilda? The ground, also known as CitiPower Centre, is now the home of Cricket Victoria. The redevelopment included a new scoreboard, of course. It’s on the eastern side of the ground, clearly visible from the Blackie-Ironmonger Stand.
The old scoreboard that was behind the goals at the city end? It’s still standing but is now obscured by the redevelopment. One should not be surprised. At least Scoreboard Pressure was lucky enough to explore the innards of the 1956 scoreboard back in 2011.
Scoreboard Pressure visited during the Victoria’s big win over Western Australia in the semi-final of the JLT Cup. (Justin Langer Tupperware Cup? ). It’s a pretty place to watch cricket. Prettier than the cavernous concrete MCG.
During Victoria’s innings Short bowled to Short, but did not bowl Short. Or short. It was a short-lived moment of serendipity.
See also: Junction Oval VFA Grand Final 1982 and JunctionOval FECC premiership and Spot The Difference
The old scoreboard is heritage listed so it’s staying as is.
Excellent news. Thanks for letting us know, Wayne.
Also: Watching the game, and the scoreboard at Junction Oval yesterday, I dreamily imagined the new scoreboard showing – during the innings breaks, perhaps – historic images of the heritage-listed scoreboard and of the oval itself. And then I imagined other grounds doing something similar. New technology showcasing old times. Cheers.
That scoreboard was built for the 1955/56 season, when the Sheffield Shield games were played at St Kilda. MCG was unavailable for that and the following season due to the Olympics.
The picture shows the official opening, which actually took place halfway through the season in January 1956.
Thanks Ian. Much appreciated.