Almanac Footy: Sad Footy Ovals


During his travels Paul Buxton stopped in Salmon Gums – half way between Esperance & Norseman to gird the loins for the voyage across the Nullarbor.


Near the caravan park he discovered a deserted oval. With no idea how long since anybody played here, Paul believes it could be the starting entry of a competition for the Saddest Oval in OZ.




There are no goal posts at the other end and the primary school also has a single set of goal posts!!


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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Terrific photos Paul! I have a feeling we may see more sad footy grounds in the coming years due to Covid. A lot of history and stories about those grounds hopefully will be told.

  2. Hello Col. Interesting side comment to your remarks. As I walked away down the ground, I found some very strange concrete slabs, at first looking like dead cricket nets. Then a couple of rather strange low shelters. Long story short, a small clubhouse had some logos and paraphernalia belonging to WACTA. Guess? West Australian Clay Target Association, so at some stage they installed 2 lots of 5 range stands with 2 catapults! This also looks deserted, although much more recently.

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