North Sydney Oval

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North Sydney Oval is the Bears' premier ground, hosting all first grade matches. North Sydney Council provides this brief history of the ground:

North Sydney Oval is located in the south-west corner of St Leonards Park at the intersection of Miller and Ridge Streets, North Sydney.

The first cricket pitch was laid on 6 December 1867, making it one of the oldest cricket grounds in Australia.

The first structure built in 1879 was a simple pavilion overlooking the cricket ground. This was replaced by another pavilion which in turn was replaced by the Duncan Thompson Stand in 1929. At that time it was the largest suburban grandstand in the State.

The Oval had its first major renovation in 1931, when Alderman Blue claimed the pitch was 'like concrete' and serious injury, even death could occur if something wasn't done. In 1935 the timber fence was replaced by a high brick wall and a concrete terrace seating 1200 people was built.

Usage rates continued to increase and by 1976 North Sydney Oval was hosting seven full football matches each weekend from three different codes - Rugby League, Rugby Union and Australian Rules as well as the occasional game of soccer!

The ground still bore the 'concrete' tag until the late 1980s when drainage and irrigation systems were installed and the pitch was re-layed. The Oval won a prestigious award for "Ground of the Year" in 1992.

In 2016 the historic sportsfield received a portable drop-in cricket wicket, new irrigation lines and improved lighting.

In 2018 the historic Duncan Thompson Stand has new changing and medical rooms and anti-doping facilities that meet international standards. Plus CCTV in line with first grade sporting regulations to ensure the facility is suitable for all types of sport, local or international.


Bon Andrews (North Sydney Oval No.2)

To the North East of the North Sydney Oval is North Sydney's No. 2 ground, now known as Bon Andrews Oval. It is home of the 2nd XI, 3rd XI and Poidevin Gray (U21) teams as well being the training facility for the entire club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The ground looks out to Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, evident from the most Easterly points.

Bon Andrews is the reigning NSW Premier Cricket lower grade ground of the year.

Tunks Park


Located at the basin of Tunks Reserve the ground is set among a scenic bush setting

The ground also looks out to Long Bay, one of the many inlets that sneaks its way through Sydney from the harbour. This makes the ground a regular stopping point for many sailing and boating enthusiasts.

Tunks Park has won the lower grade ground of the year 11 out of the last 16 seasons and is a credit to groundsman, Bernie Vince.

Between Tunks and Bon Andrews, the Bears' grounds have won lower grade ground of the year 15 out of the past 20 seasons.