History

Partington etched in Adelaide Oval history

The commemorative plaque honouring 2019 Magarey Medallist Luke Partington has been added to Magarey Grove at Adelaide Oval.

SA Football Commission Chairman John Olsen AO joined Partington and his family to view the new plaque on the eve of Partington’s historic 2019 Premiership win with Glenelg.

Partington was the first Glenelg player to win SANFL’s illustrious Magarey Medal since Brett Backwell in 2006.

The 22-year-old is also the 10th in Glenelg Football Club history to earn the League’s coveted individual honour, joining Glenelg greats such as Tony McGuinness, Fred Phillis and Kym Hodgeman.

Magarey Grove, located outside the northern entrance to Adelaide Oval, is a tree-lined tribute to the winners of the Magarey Medal – Australian football’s oldest and longest awarded medal.

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 worked closely with the City of Charles Sturt and Adelaide City Council to relocate Magarey Grove, officially opened at Adelaide Oval in 2018.

SA Football Commission Chairman The Hon. John Olsen AO with 2019 Magarey Medallist Luke Partington in Magarey Grove.