Elizabeth Oval (currently known as ‘My Money House Oval’) is home to the Central Districts Football Club. Established in 1959, the club entered a team into the South Australian National Football League in 1964.

It took until 2000 for the ‘Doggies’ to win their first flag. From there they played in twelve straight grand finals winning nine premierships. An amazing feat.

On the 16th of July I attended a game that was designated a ‘Holden Home Game’. Holden have been the major sponsor of Central Districts since 1989, currently the longest such association in the SANFL.

The good news is, Holden have signed on to continue this most important sponsorship.

I’d been looking forward to attending a game at Elizabeth. It had been awhile.

Centrals played Sturt and I thought we were in with a chance. Alas, not to be.

Still, it was a good day, catching up with family and some old friends.

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The weather was terrific but the crowd was thin. I wondered if this reflected the subdued mood of a community undergoing significant transition.

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I met Bob, a car enthusiast, who had a magnificent GTS on display at the ground. Bob informed me of ‘Holdens Back Home, a celebration of Holden built vehicles from Elizabeth’, which will be held on September the 24th. I’ll be looking forward to attending that.

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I also met Bryan and Robert a couple of long term Doggie’s faithful.

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Not much happening in the Doggie’s forward line.

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The Northern Sound System

Elizabeth has long been known as a breeding ground for talented musicians. An initiative of the City of Playford, Northern Sound System (NSS) is a community music centre where youth from the northern suburbs can access programs and facilities to help foster their musical talent.

The facilities are all first class and include a purpose built venue, a rehearsal space and recording studio.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting NSS and was generously given a comprehensive tour by Lisa Baker from the City of Playford. I took photographs and met some fine young people doing great creative work.

They were holding a drumming workshop. Seven drummers all playing at once!

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There was also a photo shoot taking place.

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NSS volunteer Damien kindly took time out to chat with me about his involvement with NSS and living in Elizabeth.

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I thought the recording facilities very impressive.

Sean was laying down some lyrics he’d written with Emmanuel at the desk.

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I left having had an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. I couldn’t help but rue that there were not facilities such as this when I was growing up in Elizabeth. Still, it’s great to see kids making good use of NSS. I was told that very many do.

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Happening things

On my last visit to Elizabeth I photographed Spruance Road Oval and the sign declaring a new tennis centre is to be built on the site.

On my most recent visit it was great to see that work has begun on the project.

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This also looks promising . . .

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