The Entrance Bateau Bay BLUES, as they are now known, came into being in the year 1995. At that time the Bateau Bay AFC consisted of three grades of senior football being, Seniors, Reserves and Under 17 – all competing within the Central Coast Australian Football League. The home ground being based at Pat Morley Oval along The Entrance Road, between Bateau Bay and Forresters Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast.
In that year the then controlling body decided that all teams competing with the competition would only be allowed to do so if they were to field junior teams in the Under 12, 15, and 17 age divisions. Not to do so would incur the loss of competition points for the senior team – whom at that time had competed in the last three Grand Finals.
So it came to pass that the ‘Baby Blues’ were born and fell under the Bateau Bay Australian Football Club banner.
In 1995 our Under 12 team consisted mainly of any siblings that the Club could muster through senior players. Consequently, the Under 12 team consisted mainly of 5 to 8 year olds. Many of those players continued to play on throughout subsequent years, all the way up to the Under 16s.
Unfortunately, at the season end of 1998 due to circumstances beyond the Club’s control, we were forced to leave our home due to environmental concerns of the local council and forced to seek another home. After a season playing in a paddock (now the Mingara Leisure Centre, Tumbi Umbi), the act ultimately led to the demise of our senior teams due to the lack of training and playing facilities. However, it was decided by a few ‘bluebloods’ that a concerted effort should be placed in the direction of the junior players that had stood by the Club no matter what – and enjoyed playing football together anywhere at anytime!
Hence, the following year Eastern Road Oval at Bateau Bay was offered to the Club, as a temporary home as no other alternative could be found by either the local authorities or the Club. Although the ground size and amenities offered leave a little bit to be desired (and still do), it became the home of the newly-named ‘THE ENTRANCE BATEAU BAY AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL CLUB’. The club would remain there until the end of the 2010 season.
2011 marked a return to Pat Morley Oval, renamed Bateau Bay Sporting Facility, with a newly constructed ground, change rooms, canteen and night lighting.
The Entrance Bateau Bay Blues
Bateau Bay Sports Facility