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Membership Packs Update

2017 GIANTS membership packs have now been sent after an unavoidable delay due to the club's membership cap and scarf supplier being placed into receivership.

12:02pm  Jan 18, 2017

Women to Be Road Warriors

Just like their male counterparts, Greater Western Sydney's female players will be road warriors when the inaugural NAB AFL Women's competition starts next month.

3:01pm  Jan 17, 2017

Cameron Seeks Consistency

Jeremy Cameron hopes an intense focus on the mental side of his game will propel him into the elite category of the league's best forwards.

12:10pm  Jan 16, 2017

Player Profiles

Devon Smith

Devon Smith

Height:
175cm
Weight:
78kg
Recruited from:
Lara (Vic)/Geelong U18
Debut:
2012
Games:
93
Goals:
85

Manuka Oval has a rich and diverse history starting back as early as the 1920s when Manuka Circle Park was an open field.

In 1926 and 1927 the cricket association, bodies representing football as well as local sporting associations made numerous approaches to the Federal Capital Commission to have the area enclosed. However, it was not until March 1929 that major work formally commenced on Manuka Oval. The open field was graded, grass sown, a turf pitch laid, and wire mesh fence erected around the perimeter. The first cricket pitch was played on in April 1930.

In 1962, the Bradman pavilion was constructed and named in honour of the great cricketer, Don Bradman who first played at Manuka Oval against Mailers ‘Bohemians’.

In 1979, the ACT Administration decided to develop Manuka Oval primarily for cricket. The pitches were re-laid with couch grass.

In the early 1980s the original scoreboard from the Melbourne Cricket Ground was installed at Manuka Oval.  Relocated to the Oval when the MCG installed the first electronic board, it was named the Jack Fingleton Scoreboard, after the late Australian opening batsman who made his career as a political journalist in the corridors of Parliament House, just kilometres away.

In 1987 and 1992 the spectator areas at the northern and eastern side of the oval were reconstructed. The two grandstands were named after two Prime Ministers who brought international cricket teams to Canberra on 16 occasions, and were named the Robert Menzies stand and the Bob Hawke stand by Dame Patti Menzies and Mr. Hawke in 1992.

In 2012 the AFL and the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS partnered with the ACT government to redevelop Manuka Oval. The redevelopment aligned with the GIANTS introduction into the AFL national competition and has seen the introduction of light towers for twilight/night matches as well as new reserved seating within the eastern Hill Stands. 

A lowering of the field for better drainage and additional rows of seats being added has seen the capacity of the oval grow to above 16,000 including standing room. Further developments are planned for the future in order to ensure Manuka Oval remains a premier sporting venue for Australia’s two most popular sports within our nation’s capital.