The TCA Ground
, or Tasmanian Cricket Association Ground
, is one of two First Class standard cricket grounds
. It is located on the Queens Domain
less than 1 kilometre from the CBD
The TCA Ground is a picturesque ground with a village feel and white picket boundary which could easily belong in the English countryside, except for the typical Australian Eucalypt
bushland which hugs the boundary line. Due to its elevated position on the Domain
the ground has commanding views over the Derwent River
and city, as well as being dominated by views of Mount Wellington
. This elevated position also exposes the ground to strong sea breezes which can provide excellent assistance for bowlers.
The ground is regularly used for local Grade competition cricket in the Summer, and Australian rules football
in the winter. It has both synthetic and grass nets, and an indoor bowling practice area.
The other First Class standard ground in Tasmania is the now preferred Bellerive Oval
in the City of Clarence
which has since the late 1970s overtaken the TCA ground as the home of the Tasmanian cricket team
and the TCA, and the ground which hosts Australia
's international matches when they play in Hobart. No First class cricket
has been played at the TCA ground since 1987.
It is not clear exactly when cricket was first played upon the Queens Domain, but we do know from the TCA's annual reports that the TCA Ground was opened in 1882 following approximately 10 years... Read More