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Tennis

Lawn tennis was first introduced in the late 1870s and the first Australian championship was in 1905. The first Davis Cup challenge was issued in 1906. Tennis has become one of Australia's most popular sports. The following list names some of the top players:

1900-40s

  • Norman Brookes
  • Jack Crawford
  • Harry Hopman
  • Gerald Patterson
  • Adrian Quist

1950s-70s

  • Mal Anderson
  • John Bromwich
  • Evone Cawley (Goolagong)
  • Ashley Cooper
  • Roy Emerson
  • Neale Fraser
  • Lew Hoad
  • Rod Laver
  • Ken McGregor
  • John Newcombe
  • Tony Roche
  • Ken Rosewall
  • Frank Sedgman
  • Margaret Smith-Court
  • Wendy Turnbull

1980s-2000s

  • Pat Cash
  • Scott Draper
  • Annabel Ellwood
  • Kerri-Anne Guse
  • Lleyton Hewitt
  • Rachel McQuillan
  • Mark Philippoussis
  • Nicole Pratt
  • Patrick Rafter
  • Sandon Stollie
  • Jason Stoltenberg
  • Rennae Stubbs
  • Todd Woodbridge
  • Mark Woodforde

Cricket

The first organised match was held in Sydney in 1803. The Australian Club was formed in 1826 and the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1838. International cricket began in 1861.

Our greatest player Sir Donald Bradman made his first century in cricket at the age of 12 at Bowral High School (NSW). He was the first living Australian honoured with having his portrait on an Australian postage stamp. He died in 2001 aged 92. Other famous players include:

1900-30s

  • W.W. Armstrong
  • Don Bradman
  • Bill Hunt
  • M.A. Noble
  • Bill O'Reilly
  • W.H. Ponsford
  • Hugh Trumble
  • Victor Trumper

1950s-60s

  • Ian Craig
  • Ritchie Benaud
  • Wally Grout
  • Neil Harvey
  • Lindsay Hassett
  • Bill Lawry
  • Ray Lindwall
  • Keith Miller
  • Bob Simpson

1970s-2000s

  • David Boon
  • Alan Border
  • Greg Chappell
  • Adam Gilchris
  • Matthew Hayden
  • Ian Healy
  • Merv Hughes
  • Dennis Lillee
  • Geoff Marsh
  • Rod Marsh
  • Craig McDermott
  • Glenn McGrath
  • Mark Taylor
  • Shane Warne
  • Mark Waugh
  • Steve Waugh

Golf

Australians have more public golf courses per head of population than any other nation. The game was first played in the 1870s and in 1890 the first established golf club was at Falstaff Gardens in Melbourne. Notable Players include:

1920s-40s

  • Jim Ferrier
  • Joan Hammond
  • Joe Kirkwood
  • Norman von Nida
  • Ivo Whitton

1950s-70s

  • Bruce Crampton
  • Bruce Devlin
  • Edwina Kennedy
  • Kel Nagle
  • Jack Newton
  • Peter Thomson

1980s-2000s

  • Robert allenby
  • Stuart Appleby
  • Aaron Baddeley
  • Ian Baker-Finch
  • Greg Chambers
  • Roger Davis
  • Steve Elfington
  • David Graham
  • Nathan Green
  • Bradley Hughes
  • Graham Marsh
  • Jarrod Moseley
  • Greg Norman
  • Geoff Ogilvie
  • Nick O'Hern
  • Craig Parry
  • Lucas Parsons
  • Brett Rumford
  • Peter Senior
  • Bob Shearer
  • Craig Spence
  • Jan Stephenson
  • Rachel Teske
  • Karrie Webb

AFL (Aussie Rules)

Devised in 1858 by cricketers as a form of exercise in their off season, Australian Rules Football has now become one of the most popular spectator sports in Australia, with it's primary core of attention centring on Victoria. The AFL has inducted 17 legends into its Hall of Fame:

  • Roy Cazaly (played 1910-27)
  • Gordon Coventry (1920-37)
  • Bob Pratt (1930-46)
  • Haydn Bunton (1931-41)
  • Jack Dyer (1931-49)
  • Dick Reynolds (1933-51)
  • John Coleman (1949-54)
  • Ted Whitten (1951-70)
  • Ron Barassi (1955-77)
  • Graham 'Polly' Farmer (1956-60)
  • Bob Skilton (1956-71)
  • John Nicholls (1957-74)
  • Ian Stewart (1963-75)
  • Leigh Matthews (1969-85)
  • Peter Hudson (1969-80)
  • Barrie Robran (1967-80)
  • Kevin Bartlett (1965-83)

The medals for Australian Rules Football in the various states are:

  • South Australia - W.A. Magarey, awarded first in 1898
  • West Australia - Sandover, introduced in 1921
  • Victoria - Brownlow, introduced in 1924
  • Tasmania - William Leitch
  • Queensland - J.A. Grogan
  • New South Wales - The Phelan

NRL State of Origin winners for 2010 Queensland (3-0)NRL

The first Kangaroo team toured England in 1908-09 and won their first Test in 1911-12. The Kangaroos have won the world cup nine times out of the 11 tournaments played. Some greats of the game and the years they played are:

  • Herbert 'Dally' Messenger (1908-13)
  • Duncan Thompson (1911-27)
  • Frank Burge (1911-27)
  • Harold Horder (1912-26)
  • Dave Brown (1930-41)
  • Vic Hey (1933-49)
  • Clive Churchill (1951-63)
  • John Raper (1957-73)
  • Ken Irvine (1958-72)
  • Reg Gasnier (1959-67)
  • Grehame Langlands (1962-76)
  • Keith 'Golden Boots' Barnes (1963-70)
  • Ron Coote (1965-78)
  • Authur Beetson (1966-81)
  • Bob Fulton (1965-79)
  • Tom Radonikus (1976-85)
  • 'The King' Wally Lewis (1978-92)
  • Mal Meninga (1978-94)
  • Peter Stirling (1978-2000)
  • Alan Langer (1986-99)
  • Laurie Daley (1987-2000)
  • Ricky Stewart (1988-)
  • Brad Fittler (1989-)
  • Andrew Johns (1989-)

Rugby Union

Rugby Union began to be played in Australia in 1864. The first Wallabies team won gold at the 1908 London Olympics. They won the World Cup Grand Slam tour in 1984, defeating England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and in 1991 and 1999 won the World Cup championships. Some great names from the last three decades are:

  • David Campese
  • John Eales
  • Mark Ella
  • Nick Farr-Jones
  • Tim Horan
  • Phil Kearnes
  • Michael Lynagh
  • Andrew Slack
  • David Wilson

Soccer

Although the game was played as early as 1880, it only gained prestige and popularity when the australian team, the socceroos, qualified for the first time in the World Cup finals. In later years the soceroos reached the finals of the Soel, Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics. Some of Australia's Soccer legends are:

  • Atti Abonyi
  • Mark Bosnich
  • Branko Buljevic
  • Alan Dasvidson
  • Craig Johnston
  • Harry Kewell
  • John Kosmina
  • Eddie Krncevic
  • Jim MacKay
  • Joe Marston
  • Peter Ollerton
  • Jack Reilly
  • Jimmy Rooney
  • Paul Wade
  • Johnny Warren
  • Harry Williams
  • Peter Wilson
  • Charlie Yankos
  • Ned Zelic

Boxing

Bare-knuckle fights were staged as early as the 1970s but the rules were standardised in 1912. Some of this centry's greatest and their years of glory are:

  • Bill Squires (1906-8)
  • Jerry Jerome (1913)
  • Les Darcy (1914-17)
  • Colin Bell (1921)
  • Billy Grime (1926-7)
  • Ambrose Palmer (1933-8)
  • Vic Patrick (1941-6)
  • Tommy Burns (1941-7)
  • Dave Sands (1945-52)
  • Jimmy Carruthers (1948-54)
  • Johnny Famechon (1964-70)
  • Rocky Galtellari (1965-7)
  • Lionel Rose (1966-70)
  • Tony Mundine (1972-6)
  • Rocky Mattioli (1977-80)
  • Jeff Fenech (1985-93)
  • Barry Michael (1985-7)
  • Lester ellis (1985)
  • Joe Bugner (1986-)
  • Jeff 'Hitman' Harding (1989-94)
  • Crahame 'Spike' Cheney (1988)
  • Kosta Tszyu (1995-)
  • Anthony 'The Man' Mundine (2000-)

Swimming

Because of our wonderful beaches, Aussies have always loved swimming. Swimming racing gained international fame when the 'Australian crawl' (now known as freestyle) was introduced in the 1890s. Famous Australian swimmers include:

1900-30s

  • Frank Beaurepaire
  • Dick Cavill
  • Fred Cavill
  • Andrew 'Boy' Charlton
  • Claire Dennis
  • Fanny Durack
  • Annette Kellerman
  • Barney Bede Kieran
  • Freddy Lane
  • Bill Longworth

1940s-60s

  • Kevin Berry
  • Gary Chapman
  • Lorraine Crapp
  • John Devitt
  • Dawn Fraser
  • John Hendricks
  • John Konrads
  • IIsa Konrads
  • Lynn McClements
  • Linda McGill
  • John Marshall
  • Ian O'Brien
  • Murry Rose
  • David Thiele
  • Mike Wenden
  • Bob Windle

1970s-80s

  • Duncan Armstrong
  • Clifford Bertram
  • Neil Brooks
  • Brad cooper
  • Lisa Curry
  • Michelle ford
  • Shane Gould
  • Gail Neal
  • Des Renford
  • Jon Sieben
  • Beverly Whitfield
  • Tracey Wickham

1990s-2000s

  • Rebecca Brown
  • Ashley Callus
  • Dyana Calub
  • Elka Graham
  • Grant Hackett
  • Regan Harrison
  • Geoff Huegill
  • Leisel Jones
  • Gill Kirby
  • Michael Klim
  • Daniel Kowalshi
  • Linda Mackenzie
  • Susie Maroney
  • David O'Brien
  • Susan O'Neill
  • Todd Pearson
  • Kieren Perkins
  • Samantha Riley
  • Giaan Rooney
  • Sarah Ryan
  • Shelly Taylor-Smith
  • Petria Thomas
  • Ian Thorpe
  • Tammy van Wisse
  • Joseph Walker
  • Matt Walsh