Central Reserve, Glen Waverley

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Central Reserve is a cricket and Australian rules football ground in the suburb of Glen Waverley, in the south-east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located at the intersection between Waverley Rd and Springvale Rd. It is the current home of the Richmond Cricket Club in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition and it is also the current home of Mazenod Old Collegians Football Club, who currently play in the VAFA, in Premier B. And Glen Waverley Hawks Football Club currently playing in the EFL Division 4.

Since the 1970s, the ground has been used by three separate Victorian District/Premier Cricket clubs. In the 1974/75 season, the Waverley Cricket Club was elevated from sub-district cricket to district cricket, and it played at Central Reserve until the 1989/90 season, when it merged with the sub-district Dandenong Cricket Club and moved to Shepley Oval, Dandenong. The same year, the Hawthorn-East Melbourne Cricket Club moved to Central Reserve from its home ground at Glenferrie Oval, where the Hawthorn Football Club sought year-round use of the venue, and became known as Hawthorn-Waverley; the club played there until 2003-04, when it merged with the sub-district Monash University Cricket Club, became known as Hawthorn-Monash University, and moved to the oval at the university's Clayton campus. Finally, in late 2010, the Richmond Cricket Club moved its home base from its traditional home at Punt Road Oval, Richmond, to Central Reserve, after a decade-long impasse with the Richmond Football Club over the use of the field during summer; the club changed its trading name to Monash Tigers in 2013-14, then changed it back to Richmond in 2020-21.
The ground has hosted one top level match: a List A tour match between Victoria and the touring Sri Lankans in the 2005/06 season. Victoria won the game by 7 wickets, thanks to five wickets from Allan Wise during the Sri Lankans innings of 120 all out. Michael Klinger then scored 51 not out alongside Andrew McDonald who scored 45 not out, with Victoria reaching 3/121.
The ground was also prominent as the home ground of the Waverley Football Club, which played in the Victorian Football Association from 1961 until 1987, and before that as the Glen Waverley Football Club in the Caulfield-Oakleigh District League. The oval and pavilion were upgraded in 1962 to bring it up to VFA standards, forcing the club to play its home games on the northern half of the wider Central Reserve for that season; a covered standing shelter was constructed in the mid-1960s, and the main grandstand was opened in 1969.
The wider Central Reserve area contains two football/cricket ovals, a skate park, a playground, and various other facilities. The main oval, used for premier cricket, is the northern oval.
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  • Unless you use the facilities such as the community hall and oval, I am not sure one would come to this part for its own, even the area has pleasant vibe.  more »
  • Good play area for kids. Smaller than other play areas, but great variety of obstacles. Great facilities for sports, even if that's just walking.  more »
  • Good kids skate park, the wall is advanced but the remainder is for children. One BBQ and now lots of parking. Good semi enclosed play ground
  • A good place to watch football game and to exercise.
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