Jenola Oval is traditionally known as a hockey field, with the clatter of sticks the usual soundtrack to junior sport at the venue.
But Jenola has become a much-loved football ground for youngsters this winter, with the 100th football match played at the venue over the weekend.
Players have come from all over the Sutherland Shire to play in under-10s and 11s girls and boys football matches at the ground this season.
Lilli Pilli hosted Como Jannali in an under-11s match at Jenola on Saturday.
The reaction of parents to children playing football at Jenola has been positive according to Lilli Pilli FC president Greg Storey.
And, with NSW Government and Sutherland Shire Council works due for completion soon - with the widening of Gannons Road to open up pedestrian access and more spaces for families to access Jenola - there is the potential for the venue to become even more highly regarded.
There has been a strong growth in registration of children playing football, particularly young girls, in recent years.
At Lilli Pilli FC alone, more than 1000 young players redeemed a NSW Active Kids Rebate during registration with almost half young girls.
Source: The Leader, https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6276416/century-up-for-jenola/?cs=1003