Sport

It’s just not cricket… or is it?

It’s just not cricket… or is it?

January 10, 2017

Sport, Such was life:

On Wednesday 23 March, 1895 a large crowd gathered at the East Melbourne cricket ground for an unusual event – a ladies’ cricket match. The ladies had been practising in secret and speculation was rife over what they would wear…

List betting men on the flat

Murder at the Grand National

October 24, 2016

Sport, Such was life:

On Saturday 14 July, 1906 the Grand National race meeting was held at Flemington. During the afternoon young bookmaker Donald ‘Big Mick’ McLeod was beaten to death by an angry crowd after failing to pay out on winning bets. This shocking event gave great impetus to the strident anti-gambling campaign.

Did Daylight really come second?

Did Daylight really come second?

October 26, 2015

Sport, Such was life:

Did daylight ever really come second or is it just another part of Melbourne Cup folklore?

Carlton’s bluebirds

Carlton’s bluebirds

September 24, 2015

Sport, Such was life:

In the 1970s and 80s, the Carlton Bluebirds added a touch of glamour and excitement to Carlton home games with their high leg kicks, cheeky dance routines, and dedicated pom pom waving.

A bohemian football match

A bohemian football match

March 31, 2015

Sport, Such was life:

The costume football match in 1881 featured players dressed as characters from opera, tragedy, comedy, farce and pantomime.

Before it was the Australian Open it was the…

Before it was the Australian Open it was the…

January 27, 2015

Sport, Such was life:

The first Victorian tennis championships took place in 1880 just three years after the first Wimbledon tournament.

The Anti-Football League

The Anti-Football League

September 22, 2014

Sport, Such was life:

Melbourne is routinely depicted as a sport loving city with our devotion to Australian Rules football characterised as an obsession. The writer George Johnston, author of the novel My Brother… Read More ›

Rob Roy hill climb

Rob Roy hill climb

March 12, 2014

Sport, Such was life:

The Rob Roy hill climb is a car time trial in Smiths Gully, Victoria. It was initially established by the Light Car Club of Australia and began in 1937 and ran… Read More ›

Are you a fan too?

Are you a fan too?

September 23, 2013

Sport, Such was life:

Without the crowd, it would be just another game of footy.

Skiing Marnong

Skiing Marnong

June 6, 2013

Sport, Such was life:

Thousands of years before alpine resorts, chalets and four-wheel drives, Victoria’s Mt Buller was inhabited by Aboriginal tribes, in particular the Taungurong people (also spelt Taungurung). A Taungurong woman is quoted… Read More ›