Watsonia’s very own AK Lines has been voted “Melbourne’s Best Local Sports Ground to View in Passing Vehicle”, beating many high-profile sports ovals along the way. The rather niche award category was announced during a low-key online presentation ceremony hosted by the Local Sports Devotees Association (LSD Association) last night. The gong came as a surprise to the tenant clubs at AK Lines, and was also a bittersweet moment for long-time lovers of the oval, as it’s set to become a temporary home to road workers during the construction of the imminent North East Link.
According to long-time Watsonia resident, and casual local sports observer, Reg Daly, AK Lines offers an “unrivalled view of the action, regardless of whether it’s footy or cricket. Most grounds just give you a snippet of the action when you’re driving past, but AK gives you an absolute vista. Sometimes, on a good day, you can catch a whole passage of play in the local footy, and on more than one occasion I’ve witnessed two consecutive deliveries in a cricket match. Try doing that when you’re whizzing down along Para Road and want to see what’s happening at Monty. No chance.”
And while most people returning to the calming embrace of Watsonia after a visit to the south of our suburb on a Saturday afternoon try to avoid the regularly-congested intersection between Greensborough Highway and Grimshaw Street, Daly said he often deliberately goes that way in the hope of getting stuck at the lights for a few minutes. He said, “Most people I know only ever complain about that intersection. Especially when you just want to turn left onto Grimshaw but have to sit behind all the jerks trying to get onto the Ring Road a bit further down. But I embrace that. If you get stuck there for a few light cycles you can catch an over or two of the cricket. It’s bliss.”