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Club legends honoured in oval renaming

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Elsternwick Park Oval 2 will now be known as the Holmes-Todd Oval, in recognition of two equally significant and respected clubmen – the late Barry Todd from the Elsternwick Cricket Club and the late Graham Holmes from the Elsternwick Amateur Football Club.

Bayside City Council last night voted to support the oval naming following a joint submission from both clubs.

Bayside Mayor Cr Laurence Evans said it was heartening to see two men, who each had 60 years involvement in their respective clubs, receive the posthumous honour.

“It is a great result: the oval has a new name and the two sporting codes worked together to acknowledge and pay tribute to the significant contribution by two well-known and respected club identities.

“These clubs deserve our congratulations on the collaborative approach they have taken in deciding on the name, the Holmes-Todd Oval, and commended for uniting their two clubs to make a joint submission,” he added.

Cr Evans said that both families were reportedly delighted with the honour.

During the 2018/19 season Bayside City Council will start work on a pavilion and oval redevelopment.

The late Barry Todd began his 60 year association with the Elsternwick Cricket Club in 1954.  He served as a club president, an umpire and played in over 445 senior games and scored over 6100 runs for his club.

Barry was also a Life Member, scored a century as a 55 year old and played his last season at the age of 65 during the 2006/07 season.

Graham Holmes was described as a great spirit at the Elsternwick Amateur Football Club where he, his father and two brothers all played.

As a child Graham was the club mascot for the 1951 Premiership team and later went on to play more than 200 senior games, winning the Best of Fairest in 1963 and 1967 and being named in the club’s team of the Century in 2005.

When his playing days were over Graham served on the committee and became club president in 1972 – a position he held for the next 20 years.

Also, a life member, Graham continued a vice president and was instrumental in securing players and in helping the club to remain financially viable.

The Elsternwick Cricket Club and the Elsternwick Amateur Football Club have been joint tenants for more than 110 years.