Cricket legend Darren Lehmann recently visited Salesian College in Victoria to welcome the $1.1 million redevelopment of the Ashes Oval on the College grounds.
The former Australian cricketer and former coach of the Australian National Team, together with College Principal Mr Mark Brockhus turned the first sod following the School’s annual Father’s Day event on 30 August 2018, where Mr Lehmann was the official guest speaker.
Sunbury holds a special place in the history of Australian cricket. Rupertswood Mansion played host to the touring English cricket team in 1882. The story says a small terracotta urn that contains ‘The Ashes’ was presented to Ivo Bligh, the captain of the English Cricket team. The Ashes is now one of the most coveted prizes in Australian and English sport.
This Ashes Oval redevelopment will see a picket fence constructed around portions of the boundary and a near MCG quality finish to the oval itself. To make the ground more child and sport friendly, the ground will also be made level. This will ensure more young people have the opportunity to get active.
Construction will commence in early September 2018, with completion due by the first semester of 2019.
This project is the second stage of the Salesian College Sporting Precinct Plan.
Salesian College Sunbury is developing state-of-the-art facilities to meet student needs for life-long learning in the areas of health, wellbeing, fitness and to help engage students in sporting programs.