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Did you know this Promenade of footy history is at Adelaide Oval?

A living tribute to South Australia's football heroes

Magarey Grove (Tarntanya Wama) (Park 26)

Established in 1988 as a joint venture between SANFL and the Charles Sturt Council, Magarey Grove was envisaged as a living celebration of the history and winners of South Australia’s most prestigious individual football award, the Magarey Medal. Each medallist was represented with a commemorative plaque and also planted a tree to add to the grove.

Originally located along West Lakes Boulevard near Football Park in Adelaide’s west, the game’s headquarters for 40 years, Magarey Grove was relocated to Adelaide Oval in 2017 so it could be admired and enjoyed at South Australia’s home of football.

Famous Names

The Magarey Medal honour roll includes some of the most recognisable figures in South Australian football. Sculptures around Adelaide Oval recognise the achievements of household names and medal winners Malcolm Blight, Barrie Robran and Russell Ebert.

Aboriginal influence in football can be traced back to the traditional Indigenous games known collectively as Marngrook, which played a role in the early development of Australian Rules. Today, Aboriginal players continue to inspire and thrill generations of Australian football fans.

William Magarey

In 1898, in an effort to stamp out the violent conduct that marred the early years of competition in the South Australian Football Association, the League’s first chairman, William Magarey, established an award for the ’fairest and most brilliant player’ each season.

Named in his honour, the Magarey Medal is the oldest medal in Australian Rules Football and has been awarded every year since 1898, with the exception of 1900, 1904 and during the two World Wars.

Magarey is considered amongst the most influential sporting administrators in South Australia’s history and personally presented the annual award from 1898 until his death in 1929. Magarey Grove celebrates this prestigious award.

So next time you visit @Adelaide, South Australia @Adelaide Style Accommodation encourages you to add this promenade walk to your itinerary.

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