GROUNDS

History of Hamilton Olympic Football club at Darling St Oval

Hamilton Olympic Football Club (HOFC) has been the winter user of Darling Street Oval since 1987.

In 1987 the conditions prevalent at the Oval included:

  • Round (circular) perimeter fence around playing area.
  • Turf cricket pitch in the middle of the ground
  • No second playing/ training ground
  • No Grandstand
  • No ground enclosure fencing
  • No trees along northern (Darling Street) and western (Hassall Street) borders
  • Minimal, low grade lighting on deteriorating, above ground timber poles.
  • Minimal canteen area with very little cooking. Heating or cooling facilities.

The club was promoted to the NBN First Division in 1992, and had to meet a certain set of criteria to play in that elite level. Below is the majority of Major Works that have been completed.

There are numerous smaller improvements that have also been implemented

  • EG:
    • Tiling the home dressing sheds
    • Painting the floor of both dressing sheds
    • Concreting paths to the toilets and canteen area

The vast majority of the works have been funded by the club (members / volunteers) with assistance from NSW government grants and NCC sport partnership grants

1992

Grandstands

  • Construction of 3 Modular style GRANDSTANDS for seating for approximately 500 spectators, plus a media box.
  • Received a NSW Sport and Recreation dollar for dollar grant of $7,000.
  • Was built completely by Club volunteers. Club contributed approximately $20,000.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Sport and Recreation

Elevated Hill

  • Construction of an elevated hill area on the northern boundary along Darling Street.
  • Chitter was donated by BHP.
  • Grass was also placed on the hill.
  • Club volunteers completed the works.
  • Funded: HOFC

Ground Beautification

  • Planting of over 40 trees along the boundary fence of the Oval.
  • Club volunteer planted the trees.
  • Funded: HOFC

1993

Replacement of old timber fence along Darling and Hassall Street and the installation of new perimeter weld mesh fencing around the Oval.

  • Completed and funded by club volunteers.
  • Club purchased all the fencing at an approximate cost of $7,000
  • Funded: HOFC

1994

Replacement of old, dangerous lighting.

  • Installed 4 X 20 metre galvanised light poles with 6 lights on each pole, and associated underground wiring.
  • Received a NSW SPORT AND RECREATION DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR GRANT OF $15,000.
  • Were installed completely by Club volunteers.
  • Club contributed approximately $25,000.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Sport and Recreation

2001

Canteen extension

  • NCC applied for and was successful in a NSW SPORT AND RECREATION DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR GRANT of $20,000 to extend the canteen and put in place a handicap toilet.
  • The extension was completed by the NCC, but unfortunately there were insufficient funds to fit out the canteen.
  • The club finished that work, approximately $6,500, all by Club volunteers, which included installation of benches, sinks, refrigerators, gas/oven etc.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Sport and Recreation

2002

Installation of drainage on main playing field at Darling Street Oval.

  • With the assistance of NCC SPORTS PARTNERSHIP GRANT of $4,500 and removal of turf cricket pitch.
  • Club provided the volunteers and equipment, material was provided by the NCC.
  • Work was completed under the direction of Mr Brian Burns, from the NCC.
  • Funded: HOFC and the Newcastle City Council

2003

Cricket Pitch Moved

  • A three way partnership between the NCC, Newcastle Junior Cricket Association and HOFC saw the dangerous turf cricket pitch that was on the main playing field replaced by a synthetic pitch in between the main ground and training ground.
  • NCC dug out and removed the old pitch.
  • HOFC paid for the new concrete slab.
  • Newcastle Junior Cricket Association paid for the new synthetic pitch.
  • Cost to the club, approximately $4,000.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Sport and Recreation

2004

Roo ball ground

  • With the number of teams expanding, the club applied to the NCC to convert the little used car park on the western boundary of Hassall Street into a mini- roo ball ground for playing and training for our under 6 to under 10 teams.
  • We received a NCC Sports Partnership Grant of $4,500. Work completed by Club volunteers.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Sport and Recreation

2005

Fencing & Lighting

  • Re- alignment of Grandstand, fencing around the roo- ball ground plus a single pole with floodlighting was completed with a NSW Sport and Recreation dollar for dollar grant of $12,770.
  • Work was completed by Club volunteers.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Sport and Recreation

2006

Players race

  • NCC Sports Partnership Dollar for Dollar Grant of $3,000 for the construction of new safety fencing around the player’s and referees race.
  • Club contributed $3,000
  • Funded: HOFC and the Newcastle City Council

2008

Dressing Rooms

  • The existing dressing rooms at Darling Street Oval were not able to accommodate a stretcher through the doorways. After unsuccessful approaches to the NCC for an upgrade, the club decided as a matter of urgency that we would complete the extension ourselves.
  • After planning approval from the NCC, the work was completed, increasing the size of the home shed, and allowing a stretcher to take an injured player in.
  • Was built completely by Club volunteers. Club completed the extension at a cost of $10,000.
  • Funded: HOFC

2009

Ground seating

  • Extra new steel seating for was constructed in front of the amenities for approximately $2,500 by club volunteers.
  • Funded: HOFC

2010

Ground fencing

  • New perimeter safety fencing was built around Darling Street Oval with a NSW Sport and Recreation dollar for dollar grant of $20,000.
  • The club erected the fencing with club volunteer completing the task.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Sport and Recreation

2014

Ground irrigation system

  • The club applied and received a grant of $33,380 to put in place an automatic irrigation system at Darling Street Oval courtesy of a NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership ( CBP) program.
  • Purchased the two 30,00 litre tanks and completed the electrical work with club volunteers. Cost for the tanks, $7,000.
  • Funded: HOFC and NSW Government

2018 - Onwards

Hamilton Olympic has plans to redevelop the Darling Street grounds and turn them into a premier footballing facility. To view the current redevelopment plans and process, head to the redevelopment page here.