Sturt to relocate to Mount Barker?

Joined
Aug 7, 2016
Posts
1,637
Likes
2,127
Location
Adelaide
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
Portland Trail Blazers
Thread starter #1
I was chatting to a bloke around the barbie on Australia Day (a friend of a friend) who grew up in Mount Barker. He reckons that the Barkeroos have outgrown the current facilities and a number of stakeholders from a number of interested parties are currently exploring a purpose built new facility adjacent to one of the new estates.

According to this fellow, Sturt is very keen on the idea too, as it's seemingly a way to shore up its financial future by establishing itself in one of the fastest growing areas of the state which also happens to be a well established area it is zoned to.

I can't see both the Barkeroos and Sturt actually sharing a facility, but perhaps the Barkeroos could utilise the facilities from time to time, including big matches against high-drawing opposition. The Hills Football League could also look to host premier games including big finals and the Grand Final, just as the Southern Football League does with South's oval.

I can see plenty of merit for the move, but I struggle to see where the money would come from to build a completely new oval. South Adelaide moved from Panther Park to Noarlunga in the mid 90s, so the concept isn't foreign. However, Noarlunga oval already existed, though, which is the big difference for mine.

Anyway, it was an interesting discussion and I'd be keen to hear if anyone else has heard about this as well?
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Joined
Jul 27, 2001
Posts
2,292
Likes
77
Location
Adelaide
AFL Club
Adelaide
Other Teams
Norwood AdelaideUtd
#2
I was chatting to a bloke around the barbie on Australia Day (a friend of a friend) who grew up in Mount Barker. He reckons that the Barkeroos have outgrown the current facilities and a number of stakeholders from a number of interested parties are currently exploring a purpose built new facility adjacent to one of the new estates.

According to this fellow, Sturt is very keen on the idea too, as it's seemingly a way to shore up its financial future by establishing itself in one of the fastest growing areas of the state which also happens to be a well established area it is zoned to.

I can't see both the Barkeroos and Sturt actually sharing a facility, but perhaps the Barkeroos could utilise the facilities from time to time, including big matches against high-drawing opposition. The Hills Football League could also look to host premier games including big finals and the Grand Final, just as the Southern Football League does with South's oval.

I can see plenty of merit for the move, but I struggle to see where the money would come from to build a completely new oval. South Adelaide moved from Panther Park to Noarlunga in the mid 90s, so the concept isn't foreign. However, Noarlunga oval already existed, though, which is the big difference for mine.

Anyway, it was an interesting discussion and I'd be keen to hear if anyone else has heard about this as well?
I can’t see Sturt moving from Unley Oval given how hard they fought to get back there after their time away from their spiritual home and how much money they’ve invested in their facilities under the grandstand.
 

Aussie_boy

Brownlow Medallist
Joined
Dec 21, 2012
Posts
10,169
Likes
6,578
AFL Club
Adelaide
Other Teams
Chelsea, Redbacks, Adelaide United
#3
Maybe just a setup for their juniors and country squads to train at and maybe the odd league game. But the chances of Sturt actually moving there permanently would have to be close to zero.
 

chazwazza

Norm Smith Medallist
Joined
Aug 15, 2012
Posts
7,273
Likes
11,273
Location
Thebarton
AFL Club
Adelaide
Other Teams
Sturt Football Club
#4
What Still Crowing said.
This rumour comes up every few years and while I think it was possibly considered when we almost folded I doubt it would be seriously considered now that we’ve just undergone redevelopments, posted a $500k profit and gone back to back recently.
 
Joined
Aug 7, 2016
Posts
1,637
Likes
2,127
Location
Adelaide
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
Portland Trail Blazers
Thread starter #5
If there's a new ground built in Mount Barker, I wonder if Sturt would 'sell' a home game or two and play up there? Kind of like what Melbourne have done up in Darwin - could Sturt benefit potentially from something like this?
 

Brenton Davy

Premiership Player
Joined
Sep 3, 2007
Posts
4,888
Likes
3,682
Location
Athelstone
AFL Club
Adelaide
Other Teams
North Adelaide, The EXERS!
#6
If there's a new ground built in Mount Barker, I wonder if Sturt would 'sell' a home game or two and play up there? Kind of like what Melbourne have done up in Darwin - could Sturt benefit potentially from something like this?
Christ it'll be bloody cold in the depths of July up there

1550147048747.png
 
Joined
Aug 7, 2016
Posts
1,637
Likes
2,127
Location
Adelaide
AFL Club
Geelong
Other Teams
Portland Trail Blazers
Thread starter #7
Christ it'll be bloody cold in the depths of July up there

View attachment 619608
Oh yeah, for sure!

I actually lived in Mount Barker for five years myself. It dropped to well below zero on most nights throughout winter, to the point where the reverse cycle heating would go into defrost mode.

I'd have to go outside, take off the extraction fan cover/grille and chip away the ice so the fan would run as the ice would jam it up!
 
Last edited:
Joined
May 8, 2014
Posts
4,162
Likes
10,038
Location
Adelaide Airport
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, QPR
#8
Could be a second home ground ala Woodville-West Torrens and Thebarton Oval, Mt. Barker is in their country zone, but I can't see them permanently relocating from Unley
 
Top Bottom