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    Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    I spent every winter of my childhood, adolescence and young adulthood going to the Western (now Whitten!) Oval for the footy with my Dad and my Auntys and Uncles (and their assocated footy mates). Born in the mid 60's, I literally can't remember a time before going to the ground. As a young kid to an pre teen, we stood at the Barkly St end, and I rode cardboard toboggans down the back of the mound to the tennis courts, raced other kids up and over the tennis court fences to retrieve footy roosted (all too often by the opposition) through the goals and onto the courts (even was first to one once), climbed to the top of the new hoardings when they went in, or stood on my milkcrate and barracked with the family. It was a familiar playground.

    At some point we moved to the Geelong road end (maybe to finally get away from the oppo cheersquads!). Our family meeting/viewing point from then remained constant - beside the powerpole, under the speaker through which you could hear the needle dropped on the 45, so the Fable Singers could belt out "Sons of the 'Scray", before, and sometimes after, the game.

    I was there for the last game, I was there when Neil Scahse went down, when Templeton kicked 15, counless times when Hawkins won a 1 on 1 from a kickout (and the day he came back from his knee), when we held Carlton to one goal, when Quinlan kicked a goal from the center circle, when Libba jnr did his knee, there for countless harsh defeats, and many sweet victories. I've been on the ground helping hold up the banner, queued for finals tickets, taken my life in my hands taking a leak in the Gordon St toilets, watched from inside the old scoreboard, knew how to sneak into the stands, and the rooms after the game. I've had pies from the 4n20 kids, donuts from the purple van, peanuts from the peanut man, franks from Huttons, and VB's from the Can Bar (in all it's interations). Wins, losses, draws, Rain, wind, hail sunshine. Never left early, never lost an argument with the opposition ;-)

    I love that oval.

    I started skydiving in 1990, done over 5000 jumps since then. I've jumped into the Grand Prix, the MCG, over the Sydney Harbour bridge, off the Westgate, into every racecourse in Melbourne, Princes Park, Royal Park, Albert Park, Falkner park.

    But never my home ground.

    Last week I heard that a buddy was delivering the contest ball for the 104.3 "Gran Final". So I called in some favours, and got on the jump with him.

    Today, I got a brand new view of the oval. Bucketlist item ticked off.



    Final approach. My new favourite view of my oldest favourite oval.
    Last edited by NoseBleed; 23-09-2019 at 02:02 PM.

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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Great story, thank you for sharing.
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Great stuff NoseBleed. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Wow 5000 jumps! Once was enough for me!

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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    Wow 5000 jumps! Once was enough for me!
    Another 5000 and a bit to break NoseBleed record
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Fantastic story Nosebleed. Brought back a lot of memories for me too.

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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    How gorgeous is that green in the middle of Melbourne suburbia, I relate to all the things you mention nosebleed, my first game live was around 1974 I was 11.
    Great photo.
    Bring back the biff

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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    Wow 5000 jumps! Once was enough for me!
    No wonder his name is Nosebleed. Did you do a dual one or on your own.?
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    No wonder his name is Nosebleed. Did you do a dual one or on your own.?
    With a bloke strapped to my back. The only way I was jumping out of perfectly good plane was if I was forced to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    With a bloke strapped to my back. The only way I was jumping out of perfectly good plane was if I was forced to.
    Still need some guts to do it, good on you.
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Mount Dandenong in the top left or maybe Kinglake/Warburton?
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Brilliant, great post
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Quote Originally Posted by Eastdog View Post
    Mount Dandenong in the top left or maybe Kinglake/Warburton?
    You Yang mountains I think. I'm not 100% sure though.
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    You Yang mountains I think. I'm not 100% sure though.
    No I believe that shot is facing north east so I’m guessing Kinglake. You Yangs would be behind that shot in the south west is not in view.
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    Re: Whitten (Western) Oval. A bucket list item ticked

    Quote Originally Posted by Eastdog View Post
    Mount Dandenong in the top left or maybe Kinglake/Warburton?
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    Great story mate ta it put me right back at the ground c. 1980 sliding down the rocks on cardboard at the Geelong Road end.
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