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Boomanulla Oval is a picturesque facility situated on six acres in Goyder Street, Narrabundah, the ground and facility are administered by the governing committee under Aboriginal Corporation for Sporting and Recreational Activities (ACSRA) incorporated in 1984.


Boomanulla was named after Mervyn "Boomanulla" Williams a prominent sporting identity and one of the founding members of the Redfern All Blacks Rugby League Team.  "Boomanulla" means "speed and lightning" in Aboriginal language.


The charter of ACSRA is to provide opportunities for Indigenous people through organised activities to promote better health, through co-ordinated sports and recreational activities that is inclusive of wider community sports groups.  The vision of the organisation is to increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in all levels of sports and provide appropriate support mechanisms to achieve those goals.


Staff also provide a first class cricket pitch for the ACT Cricket Association as well as for social clubs to have family days.  Boomanulla Oval, previously known as Narrabundah Oval was built in the mid 1960's.  The Oval is utilised all year round and is available for recreational purposes.





In 1995 the ACT Government provided ACSRA with an infrastructure grant, the complex was completed and officially opened in 1996 and dedicated to Noel "Bomber" Ingram for his commitment to improving sporting, recreational opportunities and reconciliation.                       






Through the reception area is the Bev Martin Kelly, "Hall of Memory".  Bev was an avid darts fan, yearly organising the Indigenous participation in  competitions and the annual National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week Darts Competition. 




The Bev Martin Kelly Memorial Hall displays sporting apparel from different sporting groups that have represented Boomanulla in previous years.  Other displays include trophies, medals, awards, photo memorabilia and genuine Indigenous artefacts are an integral part of the display.



Memorials to other Indigenous individuals achievers include:


Ben Blakeney:  OAM, former member of the Australian Armed Forces who served in Malaya. A former member of the Australian Federal Police and Australian Protective Services.  Ben spent his later years producing and vending artefacts as well as displaying his wares to schools.


Jacky Chatfield:  First Indigenous curator employed by ACSRA in 1984, set the foundation for future years.


Pauline Lupton:  An immensely talented sportsperson who played Rugby League at the highest level in representative championships. 






The conference facility is named in honour of "Crow" Williams who was an active member of the Indigenous community and a founding member of the first Indigenous Rugby League Football team.  Crow was also a strong advocate for Indigenous affairs and a tiresome worker. 


The room is utilised for:

  • Conferences, seminars, training, workshops with catering, canteen and kitchen facilities
  • double change room with showers, toilets, children's change rooms.

Adjoining the conference room are kiosk and kitchen with the Ron Daylight viewing deck, for easy viewing of games and activities.  Ron Daylight worked tirelessly with the Bogong Rugby League Football Club.  Traditional tucker is provided for groups requesting an environment conducive to cultural exchange including viewing of genuine artefacts. 


The viewing deck has a large mural painted by a local Indigenous artist. 



Ron Daylight Viewing Deck, Canteen and Change Rooms.




Viewing Deck


Meals and lunches can be served on the viewing deck for patrons wishing to feel the open air environment. 


Demountable Conference Facility


The demountable conference facility is available for larger workshops and training.  The facility is also utilised by various sporting groups for those days of inclement weather for team discussions and planning.  Boomanulla conducts silkscreen printing and various other activities as requested by patrons, eat in meals and luncheons can be provided. 








A fully enclosable marquee is available for hire both internally and externally, has the capacity to cater for 200 people comfortably. Yunggabili in local Ngunnawal language means (Place of Corroboree).




Reg Saunders was a well respected spokesperson becoming the first Aboriginal Commissioned Officer in the Australian Defence Forces, who rose to the rank of Captain.  Reg Saunders was a patron of several Aboriginal sports groups.  A mural inside the grandstand was also initiated in his honour. 









Children's play are is fully fenced with child proof fencing. 







The gymnasium is utilised by sporting groups and individuals for indoor activities, currently the home base for Boomanulla Boxing Club which encapsulates professional and amateur boxing or simply can be used for fitness or fun and health activities. 





Boomanulla Junior Rugby League Football Under 10s Team in 2005



Boomanulla Juniors Rugby League is currently undergoing registrations for the 2007 season.  Our registration dates are currently underway to obtain further information please contact our Sports Development Officer or the Oval Office on the above numbers for further information.



Boomanulla Men's Rugby League team in action against Campbelltown footy team in a trial match.





Corporate functions, family days, school excursions, training days and seminars are available for patrons, this can be in conjunction with social days activities, cricket, touch footy.


Traditional bush tucker is provided for groups requesting an environment apt to cultural exchange and viewing of genuine artefacts.


Genuine artefacts and sporting apparel, T-Shirts, track suits, Aboriginal designed materials for your own production of clothing can be purchased from the community store.





Traditional bush tucker is presented on the Ron Daylight Viewing Deck





Boomanulla Sports Program


Currently Boomanulla Oval under the Boomanulla Sports Program encapsulates the following sports codes:  


- Indoor Cricket -

- Men's Touch Football Team -

- Junior Rugby League Team/s -

- Little Athletics -

- Men's Rugby League Team -

- Women's Netball Team -

- Women's Touch Football Team -

- Women's Basketball Team -

- Community Cricket Challenge -


As well as regional, state, teams in various codes of sports for various carnivals, knockouts and championships during the year.


An opportunity exists for interested businesses to sponsor teams and / or individuals:


Costs are negotiable:


This ensures exposure for your business every week for the duration of the sports code competition and beyond when worn at social activities. 


Benefits to your business include: 


  • Company Logo on apparel worn by players;

  • Advertisement of company logo and banner on Boomanulla Oval;

  • Announcement on the public address system at every home game;

  • Company logo on every newsletter;

  • Advertising and marketing opportunities;

  • Promoted as preferred supplier internally and externally;

  • Invitation to games, awards and presentations;

  • Framed plaque of appreciation;

These opportunities exist for team sports, individual player/s or personal sponsorship.


One of the home game matches is dedicated to sponsors / partners where we provide free entry to the ground, top deck viewing of games, coffee / tea, snacks/nibbles, and lunch.


Once a year we have a dedicated family day and associated children's activities including inviting our sponsors/partners on the day.


ACSRA extends an open invitation to interested people to view Boomanulla Oval  and associated facilities. 






FRONT RECEPTION: 02 6295 8557


FAX:  02 6239 7487


NOEL INGRAM:  0411 967 608



KEN EVANS:  0403 552 522












































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