Our oval renamed

SPORTING LEGACY: Peter Fenwicke's sister Col King on Saturday with her nephews Murray, David, Jim and Geoffrey Fenwicke, AJ Cross, Eric Noakes and Andrew Crawford.
SPORTING LEGACY: Peter Fenwicke's sister Col King on Saturday with her nephews Murray, David, Jim and Geoffrey Fenwicke, AJ Cross, Eric Noakes and Andrew Crawford.

Almost one year after it agreed to change the name of Walcha Oval to Peter Fenwicke Oval, Walcha Council has made it official.

At a brief ceremony on the sports ground last Saturday a sign stating the new name was unveiled by Mr Fenwicke's sister Col KIng, who stood alongside Fewicke's four proud sons: David, Jim, Murray and Geoff.

In May 2018 Mayor Eric Noakes tabled the idea to rename the Walcha Oval, Fitzroy Street Bridge and Middle Street Bridge. Council resolved to advertise its intention to rename these Walcha everyday landmarks and called for public input. The community was asked to choose between Andrew Laurie and Peter Fenwicke for the Walcha Oval rename.

There were 140 votes for the Andrew Laurie Oval submitted, but the winner was the Peter Fenwicke Oval ( in recognition of the longtime Walcha Rams captain and former Wallabies captain) with 332 votes.

In September 2018 Walcha Council agreed to change the name.

At the unveiling event Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes represented Walcha Council, AJ Cross represented the Cricket and Rugby League organisations, and Walcha Rams coach Andrew Crawford represented Rugby Union. In his address to the crowd Mr Crawford said he knew Mr Fenwicke as a child.

I find it fitting that our major sporting oval be named after such an elite sportsman

Andrew Crawford

"He was a wonderful father and husband and hosted an array of children nearly every weekend," Mr Crawford said.

"He was born in 1932 and much the same as all his sons it made very little difference what sport he did, be it tennis, shooting, cricket or rugby he was good at all sports.

"Having devoted well over 13 seasons to rugby, and untold hours to both cricket and tennis and many more hours to the teams, charities and other organisations, I find it fitting that our major sporting oval be named after such an elite sportsman and one of Walcha's favourite sons."

Mr Cross outlined some of Mr Fenwicke's achievements during his lifetime and said apart from the freezing weather conditions he was pleased to represent cricket and league.

Mr Fenwicke's sons said they were very proud, and though their mother passed away in July 2018, she was delighted when she heard that the oval was to be named after her husband.