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On This Day: Redfern Becomes Home

On this day in 1948 the first game of the season against Easts was played marking Redfern Oval as the official home ground of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The first game against Easts ended as a 19-19 draw.

From then on, Redfern Oval served as the Rabbitohs' official home ground for almost 40 years and produced hundreds of famous moments; The day Clive Churchill booted the winning goal against Manly in 1955 with a broken wrist, the amazing comeback against Parramatta in 1982, and the Club's final Premiership match at the venue in 1996 when they appropriately 'crushed' the South Queensland Crushers 48-16, just to name a few. 

Bob McCarthy and Eric Simms receive their 200 games plaques at Redfern Oval on July 26th, 1975.
Bob McCarthy and Eric Simms receive their 200 games plaques at Redfern Oval on July 26th, 1975.

In 2007 major developments began to refurbish the ground into a top of the line training base.

Today Redfern Oval is known as Metricon High Performance Centre and is still the home ground for junior reps and Pathways competitions while being the main training facility for the NRL side.