AFTER 143 years of victories and defeats, premierships and wooden spoons, droughts and floods, the Creswick Football Club will play at Hammon Park for the final time on Saturday.The Saints will say goodbye to their traditional home, against Springbank, this weekend. The next time Creswick plays a home game, it will be at a new $2.7 million development at Doug Lindsay Reserve, to be opened before the end of the year.Creswick president Peter Considine said it was with a mixture of sadness and excitement the Saints would run out of their change rooms at Hammon Park on Saturday but insisted the club would move on to bigger and better things.“There is 143 years worth of history so there in no doubt there will be some sadness from some people,” Considine said.‘‘There have probably been thousands of footballers play there. “It sneaks up on you. We have been talking about it for a while but then suddenly we are looking at our last game there.“Next year is the culmination of past and present committees, council, government and the community generally, so the move is something we’re looking forward to. It will be the first time the footballers and netballers will play a home match at the same venue.“The history will go with us. It was the players and people who made that history as much as the venue. There will be a lot of opposition clubs who will be happy to see the back of the visitors’ change rooms.”Considine said the flooding of the ground earlier in the year highlighted the need to move to Doug Lindsay Reserve, but the decision to relocate had been made much earlier. Curiously the ground was completely flooded in 1870, the year after Creswick first played football at Hammon Park.Club historian Peter Fontana agreed that the Creswick Football Club had outgrown its traditional home.“From a historical perspective it may have been nice to get to 150 (years), but the oval isn’t wide enough and can’t get any wider, and there are occupational health and safety issues with the road that runs alongside it,” Fontana said. The recreation reserve was previously known as Prince Leopold Park. It is likely to remain as a park although the oval’s future is yet to be decided.