Darebin Heritage Links :
Compiled for Darebin Heritage by Brian Membrey
School 824 : Memories, Sports (local)
Many of the sports we know today originate from the English public school system of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, particularly those of Rugby and to a lesser extent, various forms of football that developed into the "British Association" game, now known world-
There may have been an occasional game of something akin to soccer played with a "new Chum's" head (just joking), and none of the local South Preston sports ever made it to the best of our knowledge into Hoyle's Book of Games, but they were an integral part of the recreational life at 824. 
Within the school-
The northern wall of the school, the newest section, had a row of bevelled bricks about two feet above ground level. Two teams of about five or six played, the objective for the "bowling" team to toss a tennis ball at the angled edge so it would fly in the air. If one of their team caught it, they scored a point, but if one of the "fielding" team took the catch, then they earned the right to bowl. 
The game was usually played against the wall of 3C -
Various versions of marbles were played -
A second game was effectively a version of lawn bowls where a large marble (aka a "tombola") was placed ten or twelve feet away and whoever landed his marble "nearest to the pin" was the winner. Extreme versions of this were played where "winner takes all", meaning one with either luck, talent or an unknown method of cheating could walk away with a treasure-
The asphalt section of the boys playground was about a foot above the gravel section and the slight incline was ideal for a third form : a series of winding grooves about half-
We mentioned earlier that the eight-
This was hardly original -
A section of paint on each side of two pencils was scraped away -
Landing on the ? meant rolling the bowling pencil; it was labelled something like NO (2 by Not Out), C (2, caught), B(owled), S(tumped), RO (run out) and LBW. I doubt many of the "players" went on to wear the baggy green cap of the Australian Eleven, but again lots of fun and usually extended over the full four innings of our pretend Test matches of the day.
Scorecards were kept in the back of exercise books, each "player" taking it in turn to either bat and bowl, and if it contributed nothing else to the academic world of the time, it probably helped develop skills in 'Rithmetic and perhaps later to a youngster's ability keep a scorebook at a live match (believe me, a much more more complex task than it may appear and requiring a considerable level of concentration).
Not exactly a sport, but the other annual event, and compulsory for fifth and sixth graders was a ball at Collingwood Town Hall, perhaps best remembered by yours truly as having drawn at random the same partner, Eileen Coates in both years. Why Collingwood? Not sure, I can only assume the Preston City Hall in Gower Street wasn't big enough.
The girl's playground was on the southern side and none of the boys ever ventured there because it was a well-
I remember "rounders", similar to softball but I think played with something akin to a tennis ball and an elongated table-
The other logical recreation would have been netball/basketball -
There would undoubtedly have been equivalents of the passive pastimes such as marbles and desktop cricket -
Most of these recollections probably seem somewhat passe in today's electronic and Internet age, but they were fun and realistically, probably a great deal more beneficial to the physical development of the kids of the time than sitting behind a games console or an X-
Except perhaps for The Curse of the Free Milk!
Herewith endeth the lessons on part of the first hundred years of 824 -
 "Hoyle's Book of Games" was first published by Englishman Edmond Hoyle in 1672.
A tutor, writer and lawyer by trade, Hoyle was best known as an expert on the rules and strategies behind card games and board games including chess and backgammon, hence the common phrase "According to Hoyle". It is still published today with rules of many of the popular computer games included, along with a number of games produced by the current-
 I remember an alternative “wall-
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