Henson Park, Marrickville, New South Wales

Photo and text by Leigh Gazzard

Only minutes and seconds to go! A nail biter, at Henson Park the Bulldogs came from behind eventual Premiers, Sydney University, in a thrilling 2020 Qualifying Final.

Max Beaumont for UNSW Eastern Suburbs clears from defence as the Students valiantly attempt to win back the ascendancy!

The Dogs won this final but Sydney Uni took the honours and Premiership Glory in the Grand Final of the AFL Sydney competition.

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A NSW government website tells us that ‘Henson Park is a multi-purpose sporting ground with a storied history.

‘It was the site of a brick pit until 1918, and its closure left an immense water hole which became a public danger*. Council purchased the site and drained and filled the  hole, providing relief work for hundreds of people during theGreat Depression.

The ground was officially opened in 1933. Soon afterwards it hosted the cycling events and the closing ceremony of the 1938 British Empire Games, the forerunner to today’s Commonwealth Games.’

*Several children drowned.

The Austadiums website tells us ‘The highest attendance for Henson Park was recorded during the Empire Games in which around 40,000 fans attended the cycling.’


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