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SANFL has unveiled the new Magarey Grove at Adelaide Oval as a living tribute to the winners of Australian football’s oldest medal.
Featuring an interpretive sign, a plaque for every medal winner since 1898 and a grove of trees near the oval’s northern entrance, Magarey Grove will be officially opened by His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC – Governor of South Australia.
“The new Magarey Grove becomes a natural extension of the virtual museum that is Adelaide Oval, and there is no better place to house a living legacy to the many great names who have shaped our league,” said SA Football Commission Chairman John Olsen AO.
“Having celebrated the 140th anniversary of SANFL last year, there is no better time to recognise the historical achievements of our league’s finest players.”
Brought to life by former SANFL president Max Basheer AM and former City of Charles Sturt Mayor, the late John Dyer AM, the original Magarey Grove was established in 1988 along West Lakes Boulevard adjacent to South Australia’s home of football for 40 years, Football Park.
Following the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval and subsequent sale of Football Park, SANFL has worked closely with the City of Charles Sturt and Adelaide City Council to relocate the Grove to South Australia’s new home football.
“In moving Magarey Grove to Adelaide Oval, SANFL wanted to ensure that future generations could continue to walk among the greats of our game,” Mr Olsen said.
“I would like to thank the City of Charles Sturt and Adelaide City Council for partnering with SANFL to deliver the new Magarey Grove and acknowledge John Lyons as the driving force behind the project.”
The unveiling of Magarey Grove also coincides with the completion of the Magarey Medal Cabinet in the SANFL Chairman’s Room at Adelaide Oval – the largest collection of Magarey Medals ever assembled.
CHIEF SANFL WRITER