Australian Sports Timeline

Australia has a rich history in sport and has been very successful on the world stage, despite itsrelatively small size. he most popular national sport in Australia is Cricket, in which Australians are very successful at. The most popular female sport is Netball.



The major football codes are Rugby League (predominantly in New South Wales and Queensland) and Aussie Rules (popular in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia). Rugby Union and Football (known mostly as Soccer) is also played throughout Australia. See more about Sport in Australia.

Here are some major events in the history of Australian sport.

Year Event
1858 The first Australian Rules match was between Scotch and Melbourne Grammar schools, held on August 7, 1858.
1877 The first cricket Test match was played, between Australia and England.
  The Victorian Football Association was formed - the original clubs were Hotham (North Melbourne), Melbourne, Geelong, Carlton, Albert Park (South Melbourne), St Kilda, Essendon and East Melbourne.
1905 the first year that the Australian Open Tennis Championship was held.
1922 the first year that a women's event was held at the Australian Open tennis.
1930 Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup
1956 the Olympic Games were held in Melbourne.
1964 Betty Cuthbert won gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games, and Dawn Fraser won her 3rd consecutive Olympic title
1968 Peter Norman's Black Power Statement
1983 Australia II won yachting's America's Cup
1993 Shane Warne's 'ball of the century' to dismiss Mike Gatting
2000 the Olympic Games were held in Sydney. Catherine Freeman's 400m Gold Medal
2002 Steven Bradbury won gold at Salt Lake City in spectacular fashion
2005 Australia defeated Uruguay to qualify for Soccer's 2006 World Cup
2005

Basketballer Andrew Bogut became the first Australian to be selected as the No.1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

2009 Kieren Perkins 1500m freestyle Gold medal against the odds at the 1996 Atlanta Games
2011 Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France.
2021 Australia finished 6th on the Tokyo Olympic medal tally, with 17 gold medals, equaling the best total from Athens 2004.


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