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Hurstville Oval is a sporting ground, located in the suburb of Hurstville, in Sydney
Sydney
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. As of June 2010, the greater metropolitan area had an approximate population of 4.6 million people...

's southern suburbs.

It was opened in 1911. On the official opening day, cricketer Warren Bradley
Warren Bradley
Warren Bradley may refer to:* Warren Bradley , Manchester United and England player* Warren Bradley , leader of Liverpool City Council...

 brought the Australian Team to the ground to play the local St George team.

Since its opening, it has held various sports at the venue - including Cricket, Rugby League, Cycling and Football. The oval also has a velodrome in the grounds, between the field and the stands.

Cycling


St George Cycling Club originally known as Hurstville Bicycle Club, started competition at the oval in 1906 on grass. They later built a cinders track prior to the amalgamation of several small clubs into St. George Cycling Club in 1920. The club benefited from the membership of Dunc Gray
Dunc Gray
Edgar Laurence "Dunc" Gray was a track cyclist from Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia who won a bronze medal for the 1000m time trial at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam- Australia's first Olympic Games medal in cycling...

, the Olympic champion, who also established his home and business just a kilometre away from the track.

St. George Cycling Club staged national titles at Hurstville in the 1950s and under the guidance of Charlie Manins as an administrator and legendary coach Joe Buckley, developed into a powerful and ultra-competitive club.

Since 1956, the club has had representation in every cycling team that has represented at Olympic or Commonwealth Games (28 in succession) and continues to develop outstanding talent on an annual basis. On some occasions 40 per cent of the national team were St. George members. The names have been great legends of Australian cycling including the late Dunc Gray, the late Warren Scarfe, Frank Brazier, Ian Chapman, Max Langshaw, Dick Paris, Gary Sutton, Kevin Nichols, Martin Vinnicombe, Shane Sutton, Brett Dutton, Graeme Brown, Steve Wooldridge, Julie Speight, Kathleen Shannon, Clayton Stevenson, Ben Kersten, Ian Christison, Ben Brooks, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Steve Griffiths, Kaarle McCulloch – all have stood on the podium at the Olympics, World Titles, or Commonwealth Games.

Rugby League


During the NSWRL competition, the St George Dragons club used the ground as their home-ground matches, from 1921 until 1924, before moving to Earl Park
Earl Park, Arncliffe
Earl Park is the name of a former sports field in the Sydney suburb of Arncliffe. The field was mainly used by the St. George Dragons rugby league club as their headquarters and home ground from 1925 to 1939.-Rugby League:...

 in 1925. The club later returned to the ground in 1940, and remained their until 1949. The Dragons moved to Kogarah Oval in 1950, where they remained for many years.

The Dragons' Jack Lindwall
Jack Lindwall
Jack Lindwall was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1930s and 40s. He is also the older brother of Australian Cricket Hall of Fame inaugural inductee and fellow rugby league player, Ray Lindwall....

 has two club records for the club - scoring most points in a match and most tries in a match - both held at Hurstville Oval (on 3 May, 1947, against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Cricket


The St George Cricket Club
St George Cricket Club
St George Cricket Club is a cricket club based in the St. George area that competes in Sydney Grade Cricket. Many famous Australian Test cricketers have represented the club.- Test players :...

, who play in the Sydney Grade Competition use the Ground as their home ground, since 1921, when the club joined the competition. Famous Australian Cricketer, Don Bradman, played for the club from 1926 until 1933. He played numerous games at the ground.