SNAPSHOTS OF HISTORY
SCG: Ashes clashes and Rugby League rivalries
To most sporting fans the Sydney Cricket Ground is a sacred place, full of wonder and revered around the world for its incredible history that has helped shape our great city and the nation. Take a stroll through some of the brilliant achievements that have spanned generations of play at Sydney's Home of Sport.
The Test matches
The Test matches
February 17-21: In the first Test match at the SCG, George ‘Joey’ Palmer takes 11 wickets (7-68 and 4-97) for Australia in their five-wicket win against England.
March 6: Percy McDonnell scores the first Test century at the SCG. The Australian right-hander starts the day unbeaten on 72 and goes on to make 147 not out in his team’s first-innings score of 262. Australia
win by six wickets.
January 29: On the second last day of the Test, fiery Australian fast bowler Fred ‘The Demon’ Spofforth punches England batsman Dick Barlow, knocking him over a seat, after Barlow accuses him of deliberately damaging the pitch.
January 30: Australia go into the final day needing 152 for victory, but England bowler Richard Barlow takes 7-40 to give the tourists a 69-run win. After the match which wraps up the series, the ashes of a burned
bailed are put inside an urn and presented to England captain Ivo Bligh and the Ashes are born.
February 17-21: Australia and England play a one-off Test, using a separate pitch for each of the four innings. England’s Allan Steel scores an unbeaten 135 on day one. In the fourth innings, Charles Bannerman
and wicket-keeper Jack Blackham guide Australia to a four-wicket win.
February 24: The Demon Spofforth takes 6-90 from 48.1 four-ball overs in the fourth innings as Australia win a tense Test match by six runs after bowling out England for 207. The six-wicket haul gives Spofforth
10 for the match.
March 14-17: George Giffen takes 7-117 and No.8 batsman George Bonnor scores 128 as Australia defeat England by eight wickets. England are bowled out for 77 in their second innings with Fred Spofforth taking 5-30.
January 28-31: England are bowled out for 45 on the opening day, with Charlie Turner taking 6-15. Incredibly, England win the Test by 13 runs after bowling out Australia for 97 in the fourth innings. Billy Barnes
takes a match-winning 6-28 for the tourists.
February 26: England’s opening bowler George Lohmann takes 8-35 as Australia are dismissed for 84 in the first innings. The tourists go on to win by 71 runs.
February 10-15: Australia are bowled out for 42 and 82 in a 126-run loss to England. An amazing 18 wickets fall on the opening day of the Test.
January 29-February 3: A remarkable Test match. England opener Bobby Abel (132 not out) carries his bat through the innings and their left-arm spinner Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick. Trailing by 163 on the first innings, Australia turn the match around through Johnny Lyons’ 134 … and they go on to win by 72 runs. George Giffen takes 6-72 in England’s second innings.
December 14-20: Syd Gregory starts day two on 82 and becomes the first batsman to score a double century in a Test at the SCG. His 201, along with George Giffen’s 161, ensure Australia make 586. England are forced to follow-on but stage a magnificent fightback to win a thrilling Test match by 10 runs.
February 1-4: Australia bowl out England for 65 and 72 to win by an innings and 147 runs.
December 14: Indian prince KS Ranjitsinhji scores a brilliant 175 for England, who go on to win by nine wickets.
March 2: Joe Darling scores 160 in Australia’s successful run chase of 4-276 to defeat England by six wickets.
December 14: Starting the day on 73, England’s RE ‘Tip’ Foster produces one of the greatest of all Test debuts. He scores 287, which stands as the highest Test score at the SCG for 109 years. Later in the Test, Australia’s early batting giant Victor Trumper also plays a special innings, scoring 185 that the Sydney Morning Herald says is ‘indescribable’ such is its daring and quality.
March 3: England leg-spinner Bernard Bosanquet, the man credited for inventing the googly, takes 6-51 on the final day as England defeat Australia by 157 runs. Australia’s Monty Noble takes 7-100 in England’s
December 19: Australia’s lower order fights back from 6-124 to score 8-275 in the fourth innings for a brilliant two-wicket win against England.
February 21-27: The SCG hosts the 100 th Test match. Syd Barnes takes 7-60 on the opening day as Australia are bowled out for 137. England respond with 281. However, legendary batsman Victor Trumper scores
a brilliant 166 to give Australia a shot at victory. The bowlers do the job, dismissing England for 229 with Jack Saunders taking 5-82 for a brilliant win.
December 9-14: South Africa play their first Test match at the SCG. Clem Hill scores 191 and Warren Bardsley scores 132 in Australia’s victory by an innings and 114 runs. They put on 224 for the second wicket as Australia score 528.
March 6: Billy Zulch (150) becomes the first South African to score a Test hundred at the SCG. Australia win the Test by seven wickets.
February 28: Victor Trumper plays his final Test innings, dismissed for 50 in Australia’s 70-run loss to England.
December 17-22: Test cricket returns to the SCG after World War I and ‘The Big Ship’, Warwick Armstrong, scores 158 in Australia’s second innings as the home team win by 377 runs.
February 25-March 1: Charlie Macartney scores 170 as Australia complete a 5-0 series whitewash against England.
December 24: Australian pair Johnny Taylor (108) and Arthur Mailey (46) put on 127 runs for the 10th wicket in a record partnership that stands for 89 years until it is broken By Phillip Hughes and Ashton Agar.
February 28: Australia’s wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield takes a blinding legside catch to dismiss England opener Jack
Hobbs for a duck off Jack Gregory.
March 4: Australia’s first great leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett bowls Australia to a 307-run win, taking 6-37 as England are bowled out for 146. He takes 11 wickets for the match.
December 15, 17, 18: Walter Hammond, one of England’s finest batsmen, scores 251 across three days (not counting the rest day) as the tourists punish the Australian bowlers in scoring 636. They win the match by eight wickets.
January 1: Don Bradman plays his first Test innings at the SCG, three years after making his debut. He scores 25 in Australia’s innings and 172 run win against West Indies.
February 27-March 4: Freddie Martin scores an unbeaten 123 and George Headley adds 105 as the West Indies win their first Test in Australia by five wickets.
December 19: Don Bradman scores his first Test century at the SCG, 112 in an innings defeat of South Africa.
December 2, 3: Bodyline is unleashed on Australia in the opening Test, and Stan McCabe plays one of the most courageous of all Ashes innings. He takes on Harold Larwood and Bill Voce to score an unbeaten 187.
But Larwood takes 10 wickets for match and England win by 10 wickets.
December 18: Don Bradman falls for a first-ball duck as Australia collapse to be all out for 80 in the first innings against England. They don’t recover and lose by an innings and 22 runs.
December 16, 17: Don Bradman and Sid Barnes both score 234 in one of the most celebrated partnerships in Ashes
history. They put on 405 for the fifth wicket. Australia win by an innings and 33 runs in the first Test at the ground in 10 years.
February 28-March 5: Ray Lindwall, who also starred for St George in rugby league at the SCG, takes 7-63 in his first Test at the ground.
December 12-18: Don Bradman plays his final Test at the SCG and India play their first. Bradman falls for 13. He finishes his SCG career with eight Tests, two centuries and an average of 58.58. A rain-affected Test
finishes in a draw.
January 9: Mystery spinner Jack Iverson only plays five Tests for Australia, but he’s the hero in an innings victory against England. After SCG favourite Keith Miller scores 145 not out, Iverson confounds England’s batsmen taking 6-27 with the bent finger deliveries he taught himself during World War II.
January 10: Neil Harvey score his first Test century on his home ground in Sydney, and goes on to make 190, as Australia defeat South Africa by an innings and 38 runs.
January 13: West Indies champion Garry Sobers scores an unbeaten 153 on the opening day of the Test (he is dismissed for 168 the next morning) to set up a 222-run win against Australia. This is one of the
greatest series ever played in Australia.
January 14, 15: Alan Davidson takes 5-25 as Australia knock over England for 107 in their second innings before going on to win by eight wickets.
February 20: Neil Harvey plays his final Test innings in a draw against England, scoring 28.
February 7-12: The great Richie Benaud plays his final Test in a draw against South Africa.
January 4, 5: Doug Walters, the hero of the hill, scores his first Test century at the SCG, making 118 in a 10-wicket win against West Indies.
February 14-20: Doug Walters scores 242 and 103 in the fifth Test against the West Indies. Australia win by 382 runs despite Garry Sobers (113) and Seymour Nurse (137) scoring fourth-innings centuries.
January 14: England fast bowler John Snow rips through Australia’s batting, taking 7-40 in a 299-run win against Australia.
February 13: A dramatic day in Ashes history. John Snow hits Australian tailender Terry Jenner with a bouncer to ignite tensions. The crowd is incensed, and Snow is accosted by a fan when he retires to the
boundary. England captain Ray Illingworth responds to the hostility by taking his team off the field, further infuriating fans who throw cans on to the field. England stay off for 10 minutes before returning and winning the Test.
January 8-13: Australia play a star-studded World XI and Ian and Greg Chappell both score centuries in the second innings – Ian scores 119 and Greg an unbeaten 197 – in the draw. Bob Massie takes 7-76 in the
World XI’s first innings.
January 11: Max ‘Tangles’ Walker takes 6-15 on the final day to dismiss Pakistan for 106 and give Australia a 52-run win.
January 4-9: It’s the summer of Lillee and Thomson and Australia regain the Ashes in Sydney with an emphatic 171-run triumph. Ian Redpath (105) and Greg Chappell (144) score second-innings centuries and
Australia bowl out England for 228 to take a 3-0 series lead with two games to play.
January 3-7: Ian Chappell’s Australian team are at the height of their powers against a young West Indian team. Michael Holding breaks down in tears when he has a caught-behind appeal on the Australian skipper
turned down. A ruthless Australia win by seven wickets with Greg Chappell scoring 182 not out and a lethal Jeff Thomson taking 6-50 as the Windies are bowled out for 128 in their second innings.
January 14-18: Imran Khan takes 12 wickets – 6-102 and 6-63 – in Pakistan’s eight-wicket win against Australia, one of the best in the nation’s history.
February 10: World Series Cricket has torn the heart out of the Australian team, but Graham Yallop plays a sterling captain’s knock against England. The left-hander makes 121 out of the team’s 198. The next best score is Kim Hughes’ 16. England prove too strong in a nine-wicket win.
Australian captain Greg Chappell scores an unbeaten 98 in the fourth innings to lead Australia to a six-wicket win. With Chappell on 94 and Australia needing four to win, England all-rounder Ian Botham bowls a long hop in an attempt to give Chappell a six to bring up a deserved ton. The pull shot falls just short of a maximum and Chappell has to settle for a match-winning 98.
January 2, 3: Greg Chappell scores 204 as Australia defeat India by an innings. Chappell’s total is better than India manage in each innings (201 and 201).
January 5: John Dyson takes a brilliant outfield catch to dismiss West Indian tailender Sylvester Clarke at deep midwicket off Bruce Yardley. Dyson also scores 127 in Australia’s second innings.
January 2-6: The 10-wicket victory against Pakistan is a poignant moment in the Australian cricket story. Three giants of the game – Greg Chappell, Rodney Marsh and Dennis Lillee – retire from Test cricket.
Chappell scores 182 in his final innings, Lillee takes eight wickets for the match and Marsh takes five second-innings catches.
November 22-26: Leg-spinner Bob ‘Dutchy’ Holland takes 10 wickets for the match – 6-106 and 4-68 – in Australia’s four-wicket win against New Zealand.
January 2, 3: Sunil Gavaskar (172), Kris Srikkanth (116 off 117 balls) and Mohinder Armanath (138) all make centuries as India score 4-600 in a drawn Test with Australia.
January 10-15: The headlines say ‘Peter who?’ before the Test, yet unheralded off-spinner Peter Taylor is named man of the match after taking 6-78 on debut against England. Dean Jones also stars, scoring an undefeated 184 in the victory.
January 29-February 2: The Bicentennary Test is held in Sydney. Although it’s a tame draw, David Boon scores a resolute 184 not out.
January 26: Australian captain Allan Border takes 7-46 on the opening day of the Test against a mighty West Indian outfit. He goes on to take 11 wickets for the match in a seven-wicket triumph.
January 5: Colourful Australian all-rounder Greg Matthews scores 128 in the drawn Test against England.
January 2-6: Australia’s greatest leg-spinner Shane Warne makes his Test debut, but it’s hardly a precursor for things to come. Warne takes 1-150 as India’s Ravi Shastri (208) and a young Sachin Tendulkar (148
not out) deal out the punishment. Warne’s first wicket? Shastri, caught in the deep by Dean Jones.
January 2-6: Alan Border scored his 10,000th run in Test cricket in the third Test against the West Indies in an innings of 74. However, this match is remembered for Brian Lara’s 277, which ranks as one of the
best-ever innings at the SCG. Astonishingly, it’s Lara’s first Test ton and the moment means so much he will name his daughter Sydney.
January 2-6: South Africa return to Test cricket at the SCG – and it’s a classic. Shane Warne takes 12 wickets for Australia (7-56 and 5-72), but a stunning batting collapse on the last day, chasing 116, gives South Africa a five-run win. Fanie De Villiers takes 6-43.
December 3: Mark Taylor takes an extraordinary catch at slip to dismiss West Indies batsman Carl Hooper off Michael Bevan. Taylor fumbles the ball, falls backward and somehow kicks it back into his hands.
January 5: The brilliant Shane Warne takes 6-34 (11 wickets for the match) as South Africa are skittled for 113 and lose by an innings and 21 runs.
January 2-5: This is a Test full of great and significant moments. England fast bowler Darren Gough takes an Ashes hat-trick when he dismisses Ian Healy, Stuart MacGill and Colin Miller. The Waugh twins fire
together, with Mark scoring 123 and Steve 96. MacGill takes 12 wickets for the match, including 7-50 as he bowls Australia to a 98-run win.
January 2-4: Glenn McGrath takes 5-48 and 5-55, Mark Waugh plays his 100th Test, Justin Langer scores 223, Ricky Ponting adds 141 not out, and VVS Laxman compiles a thrilling 167 in a lost cause as Australia win by an innings and 141 runs.
January 3: Australian captain Steve Waugh enters the Test against England under immense pressure. That is the sub-plot to one of the most special days of Test cricket. Waugh arrives at the crease to strong
support, which grows throughout the day. As he nears his 29th Test century, the atmosphere becomes fever pitch. On the last ball of the second day, to be bowled by spinner Richard Dawson, Waugh is on 98. The roar, as he drives through cover four to reach three figures, is deafening.
January 2, 3, 4: Sachin Tendulkar bats into the third day as he scores an unbeaten 241 in India’s total of 7-705 declared. VVS Laxman scores 178 and shares a stand of 353 with Tendulkar. It is Steve Waugh’s final Test match.
January 3, 4: Ricky Ponting scores 207 and Adam Gilchrist 113 in Australia’s total of 568 against Pakistan. They go on to win by nine wickets.
January 2-6: Ricky Ponting is at the height of his powers when he plays his 100th Test match. He scores a centuryn in each innings against South Africa, 120 and 143 not out.
January4: It’s a golden day for Australian cricket with bowling legends Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne and champion batsman Justin Langer taking their leave from Test cricket with a 5-0 series whitewash
against England. McGrath captures a wicket with his final ball, Jimmy Anderson caught by Mike Hussey at mid-on.
January 6: With time winding down, Michael Clarke takes three wickets in the final over – Harbhajan Singh, RP
Singh and Ishant Sharma - to give Australia a gripping 122-run win against India - and it’s their 16th consecutive victory.
January 5: The SCG pink Test tradition begins when Australia face South Africa, supporting the McGrath Foundation to raise over $500,000 for breast care nurses and to raise breast cancer awareness. The Trust renames the traditional Day 3 Ladies Day to Jane McGrath Day.
January 3-6: Australia stage a stunning fightback to defeat Pakistan by 36 runs after being bowled out for 127 on day one. Trailing by 206 on the first innings, Australia only lead by 51 when their eighth second innings wicket falls. Mike Hussey (134 not out) puts on 123 for the ninth wicket with Peter Siddle to s set a target of 176. Pakistan are bowled out for 139 as Nathan Hauritz takes 5-53.
January 3-7: England captain Alastair Cook scores 189 as England reach 644 and defeat Australia by an innings. It completes wonderful series for Cook, who scores 766 runs in the five Tests.
January 3-6: The 100th Test at the SCG. Australian captain Michael Clarke smashes records in his 329 not out as his team defeats India by an innings and 68 runs. Clarke and Ricky Ponting (134) put on 288 for the fourth wicket. Clarke and Mike Hussey (150 not out) then register an unbeaten 334-run fifth-wicket partnership.
January 6: Mike Hussey, ‘Mr Cricket’, retires from Tests after a five-wicket win against Sri Lanka, who are playing their first SCG Test. Fittingly, Hussey is at the wicket when the winning runs are scored.
January 6, 7: Dave Warner and Steve Smith score centuries against India and pay emotional tributes to friend and former teammate Phillip Hughes. In the first SCG Test since Phil’s tragic death, Warner scores 101
and Smith 117.
January 3: Australian opener Dave Warner scores a century in the first session of the Test against Pakistan, an astonishing achievement. Matt Renshaw (184) and Peter Handscombe (110) also score hundreds.
One Day Internationals
One Day Internationals
November 28: It doesn’t rank as an ‘official’ one-day international, but it’s the night that launches the one-day cricket phenomenon. Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket turns on the lights at the SCG and a crowd
of 44,377 watch the match between Ian Chappell’s Australians and Clive Lloyd’s West Indies. Greg Chappell takes 5-19 as Australia dismiss the West Indies for 128, and Australia reach the target in 37 overs to win by five wickets.
January 13: Raining on Sydney’s parade: Australia’s first one-day international (a scheduled 40 eight-ball overs per side) at the SCG is a non-event, lasting just 7.2 overs. England’s Chris Old takes the first wicket with Australia 1-17 when the weather intervenes.
November 27: Australia record the first one-day international victory at the SCG, defeating the West Indies by five wickets. Kim Hughes deposits Viv Richards on to the hill for a massive six in his 52, while Greg
Chappell is named man of the match after an unbeaten 74.
November 28: West Indies and England play out a rain-affected thriller. In a revised run-chase, after England score 8-211 from their 50 overs, the Windies fall two runs shy after being bowled out for 196 from 47
December 11: Dour England opener Geoff Boycott scores the first one-day international century at the SCG. His 105 from 124 balls helps his team reach 7-264. Australia are dismissed for 192 in reply, going down
by 72 runs.
December 21: Ian Chappell scores an unbeaten 63 and Dennis Lillee takes 4-28 in Australia’s seven-run triumph over the West Indies.
November 25: Greg Chappell scores a masterful 138 not out from 109 balls in Australia’s 94-run win against New Zealand. Len Pascoe takes 5-30 as the Kiwis are bowled out for 195.
December 18: The 100th one-day international is played at the SCG. Australia are dominant nine-wicket victors over India with Allan Border scoring an unbeaten 105 in the run chase.
January 13: Australian all-rounder Shaun Graf is run out on the last ball of the match as New Zealand win by one run.
January 29: New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee takes 5-26 in the first final, spearheading the Kiwis to a 78-run triumph over Australia.
February 3: Two giants of Australian cricket, Dennis Lillee (3-27 from 10 overs) and Greg Chappell (87) inspire a six-wicket win against New Zealand in the fourth final.
November 24: Courageous opener Bruce Laird scores a brilliant 117 as Australia chase down the West Indies’ 8-236 to win by seven wickets.
December 17: Mudassar Nazar takes 3-20 and scores 50, and the stylish Zaheer Abbas makes 108, as Pakistan demolish Australia by six wickets with 40 balls to spare.
January 26: Allan Border, 69 from 67 balls, stars in Australia’s 46-run victory in game three of the finals series.
January 27: The Windies take the final series 3-1 after a tight 18-run triumph. Viv Richards top scores with 70 and Andy Roberts takes 3-48 to stifle Australia’s run chase.
January 20: England’s Allan Lamb scores a superb 108, putting on 190 with opener Chris Tavare, as they defeat New Zealand by eight wickets.
January 26: Australia lose a dismal 9-37 in going down to England by 98 runs.
March 17: Sydney favourite Mike Whitney makes his one-day international debut, taking 2-19 against New Zealand. Unfortunately for Whitney, Australia’s batsmen can’t run down the 138 needed from 35
overs, losing by 14 runs.
January 10: Rodney Marsh finishes off the great work by Kepler Wessels (92) by blasting 66 from 48 balls in Australia’s 8-264 against Pakistan. The bowlers then do the job for a 34-run triumph.
January 17: Desmond Haynes compiles a classy 108 to pace the West Indies’ total of 7-223. Australia struggle to 9-195 in reply.
January 25: Steve Smith blasts 12 boundaries in a pugnacious 106, inspiring Australia to an emphatic 87-run victory over Pakistan.
February 8: Richie Richardson puts Australia’s bowlers to the sword in the first final, hammering an unbeaten 80 as the West Indies cruise past Australia’s total of 160 with nine wickets to spare.
January 15: Master Blaster Viv Richards guides the West Indians to a comprehensive five-wicket victory over Australia with an unbeaten 103.
February 6: Allan Border plays arguably his finest limited-overs innings with a brilliant 127 not out in the first final against a West Indies attack featuring Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner. Australia win by 26 runs.
February 12: Michael Holding takes 5-26, terrorising Australia’s batting in the third and deciding final. West Indies cruise to the victory target of 179, winning by seven wickets.
January 14: NSW fast bowler Dave Gilbert takes 5-46 in Australia’s four-wicket win against New Zealand.
January 21: Australian opener Geoff Marsh scores 125 against India in a 100-run victory. Marsh and David Boon put on 152 for the first wicket. Kapil Dev hits an enormous six, depositing Greg Matthews into the top deck of The Members Stand.
January 29: Left-arm paceman Bruce Reid dismisses New Zealanders Bruce Blair, Ervin McSweeney and Stu Gillespie to take the first ODI hat-trick by an Australian.
January 22: England’s Allan Lamb is facing Australian fast bowler Bruce Reid. It’s the final over and England need 18 to win. Ball one: Lamb pushes into the offside and scrambles two. Ball two: Four through square
leg. Ball three: A mighty heave over midwicket for six. Ball four: A single and over-throw. Now, it’s two balls to go and four to win. Lamb clips through square leg for an improbable three-wicket victory, completing one of the more amazing overs in one-day cricket.
January 28: All-rounder Simon O’Donnell tames a mighty West Indian line-up, taking 4-19 in Australia’s 36-run victory.
January 20: Australian opener Geoff Marsh scores a grinding 101 from 148 balls to set up a 78-run win against New Zealand.
December 13: West Indies skipper Viv Richards catches Craig McDermott at midwicket, off Curtly Ambrose, to secure a heartbreaking one-run win against Australia.
January 18: Dean Jones scores a brilliant 93 off 82 balls in the third final against a West Indies attack of Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop and Courtney Walsh. Australia score a competitive 4-226 from
38 overs in a rain-affected match. However, more rain reduces the Windies’ target to 108 from 18 overs. Incredibly, they reach 2-111 from 13.2 overs. Viv Richards hammers 60 from 40 balls, including three sixes.
February 20: Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Australia’s Simon O’Donnell hit massive sixes in a thrilling contest. The match comes down to Australia needing five runs off four balls with three wickets in hand. Imran
Khan traps O’Donnell leg before and clean bowls Carl Rackemann in the final over to give Pakistan a two-run win.
January 1: Mark Waugh (62) and Simon O’Donnell (71) provide the New Year’s fireworks in Australia’s crushing 68-run win against England. Allan Border chips in with 3-24 off nine overs, while Peter Taylor takes 3-27.
January 14: A 167-run partnership between David Boon (79 not out) and Tom Moody (87 not out) carries Australia to a huge nine-wicket win against India. Paul Reiffel makes his ODI debut, taking 2-27 off 10 overs.
February 26: South Africa play their first one-day international at the SCG, and there’s controversy from the first ball. Allan Donald induces an outside edge from Australia’s opener Geoff Marsh, but New Zealand umpire Brian Aldridge gives it not out. South Africa overcome the setback to reduce Australia to 9-170. Their captain and former Australian player Kepler Wessels (81) then guides South Africa to a
nine-wicket win and launch a great World Cup run.
March 4: Cricket’s fiercest rivalry comes to the SCG when India take on Pakistan. India win the World Cup encounter by 43 runs.
March 5: Ian Botham takes 4-31 and scores 53 as an opener in England’s dominant eight-wicket win against Australia.
March 22: There’s heartbreak for South Africa in the World Cup semi-final against England. Needing 22 from 13 balls, South Africa look within reach of a fairytale final in their return from isolation. Then the rain comes. When play resumes, a complicated formula leaves South Africa needing 19 runs from one delivery.
December 8: An extraordinary match in which Mark Taylor is named man of the match after taking four blinding catches. Batting first on a rain-affected pitch, Australia score 9-101 from 30 overs. They then bowl
out the West Indies for 87 to complete a stunning triumph.
January 16: Australian batsman Dean Jones’ request that surly Curtly Ambrose remove sweat bands from his bowling arm backfires badly. An angry Ambrose takes 5-32 in the West Indies’ 25-run win. The irony
is that he doesn’t dismiss Jones, who falls to Kenny Benjamin for 13.
December 14: Paul Reiffel takes 4-13 as South Africa are dismissed for 69. Shane Warne isn’t even need to bowl in his first one-day international at the SCG. Australia win by 103 runs.
January 11: Shane Warne bowls in an ODI at the SCG for the first time, taking 2-27 off 10 overs against New Zealand. Still, the Kiwis win by 13 runs.
January 23: Mark Waugh scores his third one-day international century and first in Australia with a stylish 107 against South Africa. He and Dean Jones put on 175 as Australia score 6-247. Shane Warne takes 3-
42 in Australia’s 69-run win.
December 18: Zoe Goss, an all-rounder in Australia’s women’s team, dismisses Brian Lara – caught behind by Steve Rixon – in the Bradman XI versus World XI match. She then dismisses Jeff Dujon for good measure.
December 21: Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan go head to head at the SCG for the first time – and both go wicketless. Mark Taylor scores 90 in Australia’s five-wicket win.
January 1: Michael Bevan conjures up a New Year miracle against the West Indies. Australia are 6-38 chasing 173 to win. Bevan writes his reputation as the closer, working the equation down to four runs from the final ball off Roger Harper. Bevan smacks it straight down the ground to the boundary, raising his arms in triumph. He finishes 78 not out and forever an SCG hero.
January 20: Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga raises the ire of Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy when he calls for a runner late in his team’s run-chase. Healy tells Ranatunga, slightly more colourfully, that
you don’t get a runner for being overweight and unfit. Amid the tension, Sri Lanka fall nine runs short in their rain-affected run chase of 168 in 25 overs.
December 8: Shane Warne takes 5-33 from 9.3 over, mesmerising the West Indies with his leg spin to knock them over for 161. Mark Waugh’s unbeaten 83 ensures a comfortable eight-wicket win.
January 14: Ricky Ponting scores a polished 84 as Australia demolish New Zealand by 131 runs.
January 26: Steve Waugh plays a hunch and elevates Adam Gilchrist to open in the second final against South Africa. The left-hander smacks 100 from 104 balls in Australia’s seven-wicket win to level the series.
January 27: Ricky Ponting (74) and Steve Waugh (71) carry Australia to 7-247 in the third and deciding final. The bowlers restrict South Africa to 233 to ensure Australia claim the trophy.
January 13: Adam Gilchrist scores a stunning 131 as Australia hunt down Sri Lanka’s 9-259 to win by eight wickets.
January 17: Australia and England play out a gripping contest. Batting first, Graeme Hick (108) and Nasser Hussain (93) push the tourists to a formidable 4-282. In reply, Mark Waugh (85) and Darren Lehman
(76) give Australia a chance, but they fall seven runs short.
February 10: Glenn McGrath takes 4-45, knocking over England’s tail, to lead Australia to an absorbing 10-run win.
January 14: Glenn McGrath has the astonishing figures of 4-8 from 10 overs as India are bowled out for 100. Australia win by five wickets.
January 19: After Michael Bevan top scores for Australia with 77 in a score of 286, leg-spinner Stuart MacGill takes 4-19 from 10 overs to ensure a resounding 81-run triumph over Pakistan.
February 4: Australia’s batsmen destroy Pakistan, scoring 7-337. Mark Waugh (53), Adam Gilchrist (51), Ricky Ponting (78), Andrew Symonds (45) and Steve Waugh (37) all pound the bowlers. Glenn McGrath
then takes 5-49 to complete the rout.
January 17: Brian Lara turns on a batting masterclass in a losing West Indian effort against Australia. Chasing 240 in a rain-reduced 42.4 overs, Lara scores 116 not out in the Windies’ 8-211. Their next best score is 28 to Ricardo Powell.
January 22: Andy Bichel takes 5-19, ripping the heart out of a South African batting line up that is dismissed for 106. Australia knock off the target with 188 balls to spare and just two wickets down.
December 13: England opener Nick Knight scores 111 in what appears a competitive 8-251. Led by Matthew Hayden’s searing 98, Australia win with five overs to spare.
January 9: Marvan Atapattu (101) and Sanath Jayasuriya (122) put on 237 for the first wicket in Sri Lanka’s total of 5-343. Jayasuriya makes it a dream match, taking 4-39 in a 79-run win.
January 13: Sanath Jayasuriya backs up his heroics against Australia with 106 in a 31-run against England.
January 23: One-day victories don’t come more emphatic than Australia’s 10-wicket triumph against England with 226 balls to spare. Adam Gilchrist scores 69 from 37 balls (strike rate of 186.48), with 60 of his runs coming in boundaries.
January 22: VVS Laxman scores an unbeaten 106 and Yuvraj Singh blasts 139 from 122 balls in India’s imposing total of 4-296. Their fourth-wicket partnership is 213. Rain reduces Australia’s target to 225 from 34
overs. Adam Gilchrist leads a thrilling chase with 95 from 72 balls and Australia win by two wickets with one ball to spare.
February 8: Australian opener Matthew Hayden bludgeons India’s attack to score 126, including three sixes, in Australia’s 5-359. They go on to win by 208 runs.
January 23: Michael Clarke scores his first ODI century on home soil, his unbeaten 103 guiding Australia to a nine-wicket win against Pakistan.
February 6: Local hero Glenn McGrath takes 5-27, his heroics helping Australia defend their modest total of 9-239 as they win by 31 runs.
January 22: Sanath Jayasuriya continues his success at the SCG, dominating the Australian attack to score 114 from 96 balls with 10 fours and four sixes. Sri Lanka win by 51 runs.
February 5: Adam Gilchrist (88 off 66 balls), Ricky Ponting (72 from 61) and Damien Martyn (79 from 75) lift Australia to 6-344 against South Africa, who put up a brave chase before finishing at 6-287.
February 12: Australia are 3-10 against Sri Lanka and in dire strife when Andrew Symonds joins Ricky Ponting. The pair put on 237 in a phenomenal display. Ponting scores 124, but he is outdone by Symonds’ 151 from 127 balls, featuring 13 fours and three sixes. Nathan Bracken takes 4-30 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 201 and Australia win by 167 runs.
February 8: Nathan Bracken takes 5-47 with his canny swing to be man of the match in Australia’s 128-run against Sri Lanka.
February 24: There are 616 runs scored in an epic contest between Australia and India. Batting first, Ricky Ponting’s 124 helps Australia to 7-317. India fight hard before being bowled out for 299 in the final
over. Gautam Gambhir scores 113 and Brett Lee takes 5-58.
March 2: India’s Little Master Sachin Tendulkar scores a match-winning 117 not out as the Indians defeat Australia by six wickets.
February 8: Wicket-keeper Brad Haddin opens the batting for Australia, scoring 109 from 114 balls in Australia’s 9-301. Grant Elliott responds with 115 for New Zealand, but Australia cruise to a 32-run victory.
February 2: Australia produce one of the great run chases against England. Jonathan Trott’s 137 provides the backbone for England’s total of 6-333. Michael Clarke top scores (82 from 70 balls) as Australia reel
in the target with four balls and two wickets to spare.
February 26: Dave Warner is named man of the match for his 68 in Australia’s 87-run win against India.
February 8: Big-hitting West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard scores 109 against Australia, although it’s not enough for victory with the home team comfortably reeling in the target of 220.
23 November: South Africa’s Quentin de Kock scores 107, Australian quick Pat Cummins takes three wickets and the home team complete a stunning run chase to win by two wickets, hauling in the 275 needed
with five balls left.
January 16: David Warner scores his first ODI century at the SCG, compiling a match-winning 127 against England to give Australia victory by three wickets.
February 27: South African batsman AB De Villiers hammers the West Indies as the Proteas become the first team to score 400 (5-408) in an ODI at the SCG. De Villiers hits 17 fours and eight sixes in an unbeaten 162 off 66 balls in the World Cup match. It is brilliant and brutal. South Africa win by 257 runs.
March 8: Glenn Maxwell scores a stunning 102 off 53 balls (10 fours and four sixes) against Sri Lanka. Australia score 9-376, with Sri Lanka responding with 312. Kumar Sangakkara scores a fine 104.
March 18: Part-time spinner JP Duminy becomes the unlikely bowler to take a World Cup hat-trick. The South African better known for his stylish batting dismisses Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekera
and Tharindu Kaushal across two overs.
March 26: Australian skipper Steve Smith leads from the front in the World Cup semi-final against India, scoring 105 in Australia’s 7-328. The fast bowlers combine to dismiss India’s powerful batting line up for 233
to book a place in the final.
January 23: A classic match. It starts with David Warner scoring 122 from 113 balls. Mitchell Marsh then cracks 102 from 84 balls. Australia finish with an imposing 7-330. Over to India. Rohit Sharma makes 99,
Shikhar Dhawan adds 78 and Manish Pandey finishes the job with an unbeaten 104 as India get there with two balls to spare.
December 4: Australian skipper Steve Smith scores a record-breaking 164 against New Zealand and then takes a spectacular diving catch in his left hand at point to dismiss BJ Watling, which many rate as the best ever taken at the SCG.
January 22: Australia’s belligerent opener Dave Warner pounds 130 run against Pakistan, who drop eight catches as Australia score 6-353 in an 86-run victory.
January 9: The twenty20 phenomenon goes off with a bang – literally. Adam Gilchrist blasts five sixes in his 48 from 29 balls against England in the first T20 international at the SCG. Australia score 5-221 from
their 20 overs and restrict the visitors to 9-144 to win by 77 runs.
February 15: Adam Voges takes a brilliant catch at long-on to dismiss New Zealand’s Brendan McCullum for 61 off 47 balls. With McCullum on fire, the Kiwis need 20 runs from 11 balls when he launches Ben Hilfenhaus for what looks like another six. Voges catches the ball above his head and as he stumbles over the boundary, he throws it back into the field and catches it in the field of play for the key
wicket. Australia win a thriller by one run.
February 15: Australian win the first women’s T20 international at the SCG, defeating New Zealand by nine wickets in a rain-affected match. Australia’s opener Shelley Nitschke scores 54 from 33 balls.
February 23: Shane Watson and David Warner unleash on the West Indies in Australia’s crushing eight-wicket win. Watson hits four fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 62. Warner hits five fours and seven sixes in 67 from 29 balls. Together, they put on 99 for the first wicket in 7.4 overs.
December 16: Sydney Sixers down Brisbane Heat by seven wickets in the first Big Bash game at the SCG. Brad Haddin is the match-winner with 76 from 59 balls in the run chase, blasting five sixes.
December 27: A crowd of 27,520 watch The Sydney Sixers’ West Indian import Dwayne Bravo hit 51 from 39 balls in a thrilling two-run win against the Melbourne Stars. Shane Warne takes 1-27.
January 18: Mitchell Starc takes three wickets in one over for the Sydney Sixers in a brilliant one-run triumph against the Perth Scorchers. Starc bowls Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh in consecutive deliveries and then traps Paul Collingwood for two. Ultimately, the game comes down to Brett Lee’s final ball, and Marcus North is run out going for a second to tie the game.
December 8: The Sixers win the first Sydney derby at the SCG, downing the Thunder by seven wickets. Brad Haddin is man of the match for his 59 from 48 balls.
December 26: A 38-year-old Ricky Ponting scores a fine 62 for the Hobart Hurricanes as they down the Sixers by
January 9: Melbourne Renegades’ English opener Alex Hales flies into Australia on the day of the game and produces an amazing display of hitting. He belts eight sixes in his 89, with the Renegades defeating
the Sydney Sixers by 29 runs.
December 21: Usman Khawaja (66) and David Warner (50) put on 116 for the Sydney Thunder, but it’s the Sixers who win the city’s bragging rights with Nic Maddinson’s 61 guiding them to a six-wicket win.
January 10: It takes a super over to separate the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers. The Scorchers score 5-153 from their 20 overs after Simon Katich makes 71. Brett Lee takes 4-28 for the Sixers. The home team replies with 9-153. Yasir Arafat bowls the super over for the Scorchers, bowling Steve Smith and having Moises Henriques caught at point to reduce the Sixers to one off four balls. It takes one ball
for Adam Voges to hit Brett Lee through for four. Game over. Scorchers win.
January 15: Sydney Sixers captain Steve Smith scores 52 to lift his team to 6-179 against the Hobart Hurricanes and then takes two fine outfield catches in a tense five-run win.
February 5: Perth Scorchers’ big-hitter Craig Simmons blasts 11 sixes in an astonishing semi-final hundred against the Sydney Sixers. Simmons’ 112 comes off 58 balls. In a rain-affected run chase, the Sixers require
54 from five overs. They finish at 6-48.
December 19: Nic Maddinson’s 84 from 54 deliveries carries the Sydney Sixers to 2-155 and an eight-wicket victory over the Melbourne Renegades.
January 22: Jordan Silk stars in this edition of the Sydney derby. He hits one four and five sixes for the Sydney Sixers in making 69. His final 43 runs come in 13 deliveries. Needing 23 off the final over, Silk hits a
two, two sixes and a single. Steve O’Keefe then edges a four to third man. The Sixers now need four from Josh Lalor’s final ball to win, and O’Keefe swings it to square leg for an incredible triumph. Silk also takes a remarkable one-handed diving catch to dismiss Chris Green.
December 20: Nathan Lyon takes 5-23 to dismiss the Hobart Hurricanes for 91 and spark a 95-run Sydney Sixers victory.
Marizanne Kapp takes 3-9 and Ellyse Perry scores 39 for Sixers Women in a five-wicket win in the Women’s Big Bash League against the Scorchers.
January 10: Brisbane Heat opener Jimmy Peirson hits a monster six, depositing Sydney Sixers medium-pacer Jackson Bird on to the roof of the Ladies Pavilion. Joe Burns scores 60 in Brisbane’s six-run win.
January 16 Ashleigh Gardner (55), Sara McGlashan (49 not out) and Alyssa Healy (44) help the Sixers Women score 6-172 in the Sydney derby against the Thunder. Marizanne Kapp takes 4-18 to seal a 21-run
January 31: Shane Watson hammers an amazing 124 not out against India. He hits 10 fours and six sixes in 71 balls as Australia score 5-197. Even more incredibly, India win by seven wickets. Suresh Raina slaps
the final delivery of the match, bowled by Andrew Tye, for four to seal victory.
January 31: Australia’s all-rounder Ellyse Perry scores an unbeaten 55, including three sixes, and takes 4-12 in a 15-run against India.
December 23: Darcy Short, born in Katherine, scores 61 from 29 balls on his Big Bash debut for the Hobart Hurricanes in a 60-run win against the Sydney Sixers.
January 14: A bumper crowd of 39,756 watch Thunder leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed take 4-14 in the Sydney Thunder’s eight-wicket win against the Sixers, which comes with 10 overs to spare.
December 1-4: NSW play Ivo Bligh’s touring English team, losing by an innings and 44 runs.
February 15-18 George Giffen takes all 10 second-innings wickets (10-66) for an Australia XI against a Combined XI.
January 7-10: NSW defeat South Australia by an innings in 60 runs in the first Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. Charles Turner takes 4-65 and 6-41.
January 6-9: Harry Moses scores the first Sheffield century, scoring 104 in NSW’s innings victory against South Australia.
January 25-30: Victor Trumper makes his first-class debut, dismissed for five and nought for NSW against Andrew Stoddart's England XI.
January 26-31: Monty Nobles scores 155 in the second innings and takes 6-91 for NSW in a 111-run win against Victoria.
January 5-9: NSW score 918 against South Australia. Frank Iredale (118), Monty Noble (153), Syd Gregory (168), Reggie Duff (119) and Les Poidevin (140 not out) all score centuries. NSW win by an innings and 605 runs.
February 1-6: Victor Trumper scores 230 for NSW, but Victoria win a thrilling match by one wicket.
January 9-13: Victor Trumper (178) and Reggie Duff (132) put on 298 for the first wicket against South Australia.
January 24-29: In their next Sheffield Shield match, against Victoria, Victor Trumper (130) and Reggie Duff (132) put on 267 for their opening partnership.
Reggie Duff scores 271 and Monty Noble scores 230 as NSW defeat South Australia by an innings and 297 runs.
December 15-18: Leg-spinner Herbert Hordern takes 8-81 on debut for NSW in a four-wicket win against Queensland.
Tasmania play NSW in their first match at the SCG. Herbert Hordern takes 7-31 as Tasmania are dismissed for 49 in their first innings.
January 10-14: Victor Trumper scores an unbeaten 201 against South Australia.
January 24-28: Batting at No.7, Victor Trumper scores 138 and combines with Eric Barbour (146) to take NSW from 7-181 to 8-451 against Victoria.
December 26-27: A New Zealand team play NSW for the first time at the SCG. Charlie Kelleway takes 7-53 as the New Zealanders are dismissed for 161.
31 January-3 February: At the end of World War I, an Imperial Forces team plays NSW, winning by 203 runs.
January 24-28: Tommy Andrews scores an undefeated 247 and Hunter ‘Stork’ Hendry takes 7-34 in NSW’s win against Victoria by an innings and 88 runs.
January 11-14: Alan Kippax scores 248 in NSW’s total of 684 against South Australia. The Blues win by an innings and 104 runs.
February 21-25: England opener Andy Sandham scores twin centuries, 137 and 104, in the tour match against NSW. Tommy Andrews scores 224 for the Blues in a drawn match.
December 6-11: NSW batsman Archie Jackson becomes the youngest Australian batsman to score a first-class century, making 100 against Queensland at 17 years and 97 days.
December 31-January 5: It’s an innings big enough to span two years. Alan Kippax begins his knock on December 31, 1927 and finishes it on January 2, 1928. Kippax, one of the most popular players to grace the SCG, scores an unbeaten 315 against Queensland.
January 2: As Alan Kippax makes a triple century, Don Bradman bats for the first time in a first-class match at the SCG. He bats at No.8 and is bowled by the first ball he receives from Francis Gough for a duck.
January 30: Don Bradman scores his first Sheffield Shield century at the SCG, making an unbeaten 134 against Victoria.
November 9-13: England champion Walter Hammond is run out for 225 against NSW, before two Sydney icons put on a show in the tour match. Alan Kippax (136) and Don Bradman (132) put on an unbroken partnership of 249 in the drawn match.
January 24-29: Batting at No.3, Don Bradman scores a phenomenal 340 not out as NSW score 6-713 declared against Victoria.
January 3-7: Don Bradman scores a record 452 not out in the second innings against Queensland. Set 770 to win, Queensland are bowled out for 84.
January 24-28: Don Bradman opens the batting in the second innings of the clash with Victoria and scores 220.
November 4-8: Victoria’s champion batsman Bill Ponsford scores 200, only to be trumped by Don Bradman’s 238 as NSW win by nine wickets.
December 31: NSW bowler Clement Hill produces the extraordinary figures of 7-18 from 17 eight-ball overs against Queensland.
February 3: South Australian fast bowler Tim Wall takes all 10 wickets in an innings against a star-studded NSW line-up. His 10-38 ranks among the greatest performances at the SCG in any sport.
January 1, 2: Queensland opener Cassie Andrews scores 253 against NSW, putting on 335 for the seventh wicket with Eric Bensted (155), an Australian record that stands until 2014.
January 25-29: Victoria’s unconventional left-arm wrist-spinner Chuck Fleetwood-Smith produces a wonderful display of bowling against NSW. Fleetwood-Smith takes 7-113 and 8-113 in Victoria’s 213-run win.
February 17: Opening bowler Ginty Lush is the NSW match-winner against England, taking 7-72 as they are dismissed for 299 on the final day chasing 405.
January 28-31: Victorian paceman Barry Scott takes 12 wickets – 7-33 and 5-46 – in an eight-wicket win against NSW.
December 29-30: Leg-spinning legend Bill O’Reilly takes 8-23 as Queensland are dismissed for 105, and then takes 6-22 in the second innings for a match haul of 14-45.
January 13-17: It’s an epic duel between two of Australia’s finest leg-spinners. South Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett takes 6-118 and 5-111, while NSW’s Bill O’Reilly takes 6-77 and 4-62. O’Reilly’s Blues win by 237
January 11-14: Following World War II, NSW defeat an Australian Services team by an innings and eight runs. Keith Miller scores an unbeaten 105 for the Australian Services.
January 27: Victorian all-rounder Keith Miller scores an unbeaten 206 in the second innings against NSW.
February 21, 22: England all-rounder Peter Smith takes 9-122 in the first innings of the tour match against NSW.
November 7-11: India tour Australia and NSW opener Arthur Morris scores a brilliant 162. Khandu Rangnekar scores 142 for the Indians. NSW win by an innings and 48 runs.
November 15: It’s just before tea on the second day of the Australian XI’s match against the touring Indians. Don Bradman is on 99. Gogumal Kishenchand is bowling. Bradman pushes the ball wide of mid-on for
one. It brings up his century of centuries – The Don becomes the first Australian to make 100 first-class tons.
30 January-2 February: Western Australia play their first Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. Keith Miller scores a classy 170 for the Blues.
January 4: Arthur Morris scores an incredible 108 out of Australia’s total of 0-143 as NSW defeat Queensland by 10 wickets. Earlier, Alan Walker, who will become a rugby union international, takes 6-20 for the Blues.
November 10-14: Keith Miller scores 214, putting on 265 with Arthur Morris (168), against the touring English team as the Blues score 3-509 declared.
January 3: Ian Craig scores 213 not out for NSW against the South Africans at the age of 17 years and 205 days.
January 2, 3: Ken ‘Slasher’ Mackay scores 203 for Queensland against the Blues.
10-14 January: South Australian opener Gavin Stevens scores a fine double of 164 and 111 in his team’s six-wicket win against NSW.
January 25: Norm O’Neill scores 233, putting on 325 with Brian Booth, on the opening day of the match against Victoria.
January 8, 9: Ray Flockton dominates the South Australian bowlers with an undefeated 264 as NSW declare at 3-534. Flockton and Grahame Thomas (120 not out) combine for an unbroken 274-run partnership.
November 11, 12: Neil Harvey amasses 229 against Queensland. A 323-run stand for the second wicket with Ian Craig, who makes 146, sets up a 162-run Blues win.
December 31: Victorian opener Bill Lawry scores an unbeaten 191 in a day against NSW -- and he goes on to score 266.
November 19: Richie Benaud takes 7-18 from 18.1 overs as NSW dismiss England for 104. NSW win by an innings and 80 runs.
January 18-21: Neil Harvey scores 231 unbeaten for NSW against a South Australian team featuring prized import, West Indian Garfield Sobers.
November 8-12: NSW produce a batting blitz against a hapless Western Australia. The Blues score 1-425 declared in their first innings, with Bob Simpson (247 not out) and Grahame Thomas (127) putting on 310 for the first wicket. In their second innings, NSW score 1-262, with Brian Booth compiling 169. In all, they score 2-687 for the match.
January 1-4: Doug Walters (120) and Peter Philpott (156) score hundreds in the first innings against Queensland. However, they are outdone by Queensland opener Sam Trimble, who resists the Blues with an unbeaten 252 after his team were forced to follow on.
November 13-17: Peter Philpott has a dream match against Western Australia. He takes 6-65 with his leg spin and then scores 125 in NSW’s first innings.
January 1-5: Queensland captain Peter Burge’s unbeaten 242 drives the visitors to 6-517 declared against NSW.
January 12: Set 276 on the final day by South Australian captain Les Favell, NSW openers Bob Simpson (142) and Norm O’Neill (133) achieve the target without losing a wicket.
November 24: Bob Simpson is unbeaten on 243 (he goes on to make 277) as NSW score 3-399 on the opening day of their match against Queensland.
December 29, 30: South Australia’s Neil Hawke takes 8-61 as NSW are dismissed for 221 in their first innings. Part-time
seamer Doug Walters responds with 5-21 as South Australia fall for 95 in reply.
December 27-29: Fast bowler Peter Allan stars for Queensland in a nail-biting 11-run win against the Blues. Allan takes 7-45 and backs it up with 6-65 to dismiss NSW for 192 when chasing 204 for victory.
December 30: Australia play New Zealand in the semi-final of the Australasian Knockout Competition, the inaugural domestic limited-overs tournament. NSW are bowled out for 150 in 33.7 overs of their allotted 40. New Zealand win by four wickets.
November 13, 14: NSW’s middle-order star Doug Walters scores an undefeated 201 against England.
December 1-5: West Australian quick Dennis Lillee takes 6-43 to rout NSW for 100, and Rod Marsh scores an unbeaten 117. However, Doug Walters has the decisive say for the Blues with 159 as they chase
down 325 to win by four wickets.
January 1, 2: Doug Walters turns match-winner with the ball for the Blues. With Victoria chasing 388 to win, they look a real chance, but Walters takes 6-51 as they fall 23 runs short.
November 23: NSW fast bowler Steve Bernard takes 7-43 as South Australia are all out for 223.
November 8: Western Australia score 3-422 on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield match against NSW. Openers Wally Edwards (153) and Bruce Laird (117) put on 201 for the first wicket. Elevated to No.3, Rod Marsh scores an unbeaten 124 on day one (he advances to 168 not out on day two).
December 9-12: NSW’s left-arm wrist-spinner David Hourn takes 9-77 in Victoria’s first innings. Geoff Lawson takes the other wicket, dismissing Dav Whatmore.
21 November: Len Pascoe takes 5-28 against Western Australia in the limited-overs semi-final as NSW win by 118 runs.
February 23-26: Fiery NSW paceman Len Pascoe takes 7-18 to dismiss South Australia for 69 in the fourth innings of their Sheffield Shield match and give the Blues a 98-run win.
October 23-26: NSW openers Rick McCosker, 168, and John Dyson, 152, put on 319 for the first wicket in the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia.
December 3: John Dyson (100) and Rick McCosker (168) put on 253 for the first wicket in the limited-overs match against South Australia.
December 3-6: West Indian import Joel Garner bowls South Australia to victory, taking 6-70 in the final innings to leave NSW 107 runs short of their target of 262.
February 24-27: West Australians Graeme Wood (173 not out) and Geoff Marsh (159) produce a 330-run third wicket partnership against NSW.
November 30-December 3: Leg-spinner Bob Holland takes 9-83 against South Australia. His fourth-innings magic dismisses the South Australians for 221. Geoff Lawson dismisses Tim May to prevent Holland’s chances of a perfect 10.
16 February: NSW win the domestic one-day title, defeating South Australia by 88 runs in the final.
March 15-19: The SCG hosts its first Sheffield Shield final, and the match between NSW and Queensland is a thriller. Batting first, Queensland score 374 with Trevor Hohns making 103. NSW reply with 318, Steve Waugh scoring a vital 71 batting at No.8. Imran Khan then takes 5-34 to dismiss Queensland for 163, leaving NSW 220 to win. Carl Rackemann takes 6-54, but Peter Clifford (83) and last man Dave Gilbert (seven) survive for a one-wicket NSW victory.
November 15-18: Veteran NSW leg-spinner Bob Holland takes 8-33 from 25 overs against New Zealand, who collapse to be all out for 120 in the first innings of their tour match.
8 November: Victoria’s Dean Jones scores a brilliant 139 in a limited-overs match against NSW that goes down to the wire. Chasing 216 to win, Mike Whitney is run out on the final ball and the Vics win by one run.
March 6-9: NSW hang on to defeat Victoria by one wicket in a classic Sheffield Shield run chase. Set 254 to win, Peter Taylor and Bob Holland eke out the winning runs after Steve Waugh is top score with 89.
December 18-21: The Waugh twins dominate Victoria. Steve makes a commanding 170 and Mark an unconquered 114 as NSW score 9-438 declared in their Sheffield Shield match.
March 2-5: Steve Waugh takes 5-50 and Mark Waugh is run out for 116 in NSW’s eight-wicket Sheffield Shield win against Tasmania.
March 27: NSW win the limited-overs final, downing South Australia by 23 runs.
November 10-13: South Australia’s star batsman Darren Lehman scores 228 in a high-scoring battle with NSW. Mark Taylor, 199, and Mark Waugh, 172, also score tons for the home team.
March 9-11: Mark Waugh scores a stylish 198 not out against Tasmania and Greg Matthews takes 7-50 with his off-spin in NSW’s win by an innings and 156 runs.
March 23-27: NSW opener Mark Taylor scores a century in each innings of the Sheffield Shield final against Queensland. Taylor’s double of 127 and 100 underpins a 345-run victory.
January 22: With NSW chasing 113 to win, South Australia’s Colin Miller takes 6-12 as the Blues lose 7-14. However, NSW hang on for a draw as play ends with the home team on 7-83.
October 15: Steve and Mark Waugh come together with NSW 2-9 in the one-day match against Victoria and put on 240 for the third wicket. Steve Waugh scores 126 from 133 balls and Mark Waugh contributes
112 from 123 balls in NSW’s score of 5-310.
October 20: Michael Bevan makes 93 as NSW score 250 in the limited-overs semi-final, defeating Tasmania by 17 runs.
December 12-15: NSW captain Geoff Lawson forfeits his team’s first innings in an attempt to force a result in a rain-affected Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania. The visitors score 7-144 declared, NSW decline to bat, Tasmania make 116. Set 261 to win, NSW’s brave tactic doesn’t quite come off as they lose by 48 runs.
November 20-23: Mark Waugh scores an unbeaten 200 for NSW in the tour match against West Indies. Mark Taylor is run out for 101.
February 20: The Blues win another trophy. Michael Bevan’s undefeated 63 guides NSW to a four-wicket win against Victoria in the final of the limited-overs competition.
March 26-30: Fiery NSW fast bowler Wayne Holdsworth takes 7-41 in the second innings of the Sheffield Shield final against Queensland. After a tight first innings, Holdsworth’s match-winning spell leaves Queensland all out for 75 and the Blues wrap an eight-wicket win.
November 25-28: Off-spinner Greg Matthews takes 11 wickets (7-99 and 4-82) in NSW’s 69-run success against Tasmania.
March 12: Opener Richard Chee Quee’s 113, combining with Michael Bevan (77) in a 199-run partnership, is the foundation for NSW’s 43-run win against Western Australia in the final of the limited overs tournament.
February 2-5: Michael Bevan’s brilliant undefeated 203 sets up NSW’s commanding nine-wicket win against Western Australia.
March 25-29: NSW win the Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania by an emphatic innings and 61 runs. Left-arm quick Phil Alley takes 5-24 as Tasmania are dismissed for 126 in their second innings.
February 4: In a NSW batting line-up featuring Michael Slater, Mark Waugh and Michael Bevan, it is Kevin Roberts who scores 101 in the limited-overs match against South Australia in a three-wicket Blues
February 25: Former NSW player Adam Gilchrist plays a match-winning innings of 76 not out for Western Australia against the Blues in the limited-overs semi-final.
November 2: NSW all-rounder Brad McNamara takes 6-25 from 8.4 overs in the limited-overs match against Tasmania. The Blues win by seven wickets.
November 20-23: Bowled out for 138 on the opening day by Western Australia, with Brendon Julian taking 7-39, NSW produce one of the great modern comeback victories. Trailing by 223 on the first innings after Justin Langer’s 177, the Blues rally with centuries to Rod Davison (113) and Michael Bevan (132) to declare at 5-477 in their second attempt. Leg-spinner Stuart MacGill then takes 5-87 as the Blues win by 60 runs.
March 4-7: NSW left-hander Michael Bevan remains unconquered against South Australia. He scores an unbeaten 202 and backs up with 56 not out in the second innings.
November 8-10: Michael Bevan continues his heavy scoring at the SCG with an unbeaten 201 as NSW defeat Tasmania by an innings and eight runs. Blues paceman Brett Lee takes 10 wickets for the match – 5-63 and 5-86.
March 6-8: NSW are dismissed for 102 on the opening day, Queensland seamer Ashley Noffke taking 6-24. However, Steve Waugh (138) and Michael Clarke (120) ignite a second-innings fightback that results in a 241-run Blues triumph.
November 7: Steve Waugh produces a brilliant match-winning 117 not out in the fourth innings against Western Australia. His captain’s knock inspires a five-wicket victory, NSW chasing down the target of 305.
December 19-22: Michael Bevan’s 216 dominates NSW’s score of 462 in the first innings of their Pura Cup match against Tasmania.
November 2-4: NSW all-rounder Dominic Thornley blasts an incredible 261 not out against Western Australia. The quality of Thornley’s innings, which features 11 sixes, is highlighted by the fact that the next best
score in the match is West Australian Murray Goodwin’s 58.
December 2: South Australia are rolled for 29 on the opening day of the four-day match. Left-arm swing bowler Nathan Bracken bowls seven overs and takes an amazing 7-4.
November 13: Blues opener Phil Jaques blasts an unbeaten 152 in the limited-overs match against Queensland. NSW score an impressive 6-275 from their 50 overs, but the Bulls chase down the target to win by
November 26-29: NSW batsman Michael Clarke scores 201 not out in NSW’s total of 7-488 declared against Queensland.
November 22: Brad Haddin scores 115 from 102 balls in NSW’s total of 267 in the limited-overs match against Western Australia. The game comes down to the final ball from Dominic Thornley. West Australian
batsman Brett Dorey hits the ball into the deep, but it’s caught by Dan Christian. NSW win by one run.
March 1-4: Blues skipper Simon Katich registers an unconquered 205 in NSW’s score of 4-613 against Queensland. Phil Jaques (141) and Dominic Thornley (119) also score centuries.
October 26-29: Simon Katich becomes the first batsman since Sir Donald Bradman in 1929-30 to score a triple century at the SCG. Katich faces 351 deliveries, hits 30 fours and nine sixes in his magnificent 306 against Queensland. Katich and Brad Haddin (123) put on 334 in a superb fifth-wicket partnership.
March 15-19: Phillip Hughes scores 116 in the second innings of the Pura Cup final as NSW defeat Victoria by 258 runs to claim the title. Batting at No.10, Brett Lee scores 97.
February 3: Phil Jaques blasts 171 from 143 balls in NSW’s thrilling six-run limited-overs win against Victoria.
March 10-12: Future Australian captain Steve Smith scores 100 and takes 7-64 in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia.
November 17-19: Tasmania edge NSW by one wicket in a low-scoring Sheffield Shield match. Luke Butterworth, who scores 44 off 44 balls, and No.11 batsman Adam Maher (four) put on 31 for the last wicket to win.
December 7-10: NSW send in Nathan Hauritz as a nightwatchman against South Australia and he defies all expectations to score a high-quality 146.
March 10-13: David Warner scores 114 in the first innings against Western Australia, but his opening partner Phillip Hughes is named man of the match. Hughes scores 115 in the final innings as NSW chase
down 251 to win by three wickets.
November 25: The saddest day. South Australia’s Phillip Hughes is struck by a bouncer and falls in the middle of the SCG. He tragically passes away two days later. The outpouring of emotion, from both the cricket
community and wider Australia, highlights the regard with which the boy from Macksville is held. Phillip will always have a special place in the heart of Australian cricket and the SCG.
February 10-13: Blues all-rounder Moises Henriques scores 265 against Queensland. He hits 28 fours and five sixes and puts on 391 for the fifth wicket with Phil Nevill (143 not out).
June 22: Dally Messenger scores two tries and kicks four goals as NSW win the first rugby league game at the SCG 35-10 against New Zealand. A crowd of 48,200 makes it a special day for the code.
May 3: Eastern Suburbs and Newtown play the first NSWRFL premiership game at the venue, the Tri-Colours winning 17-15. Another Messenger, Dally’s younger brother Wally, is the star with a try and four goals.
June 7: NSW score five tries to three to down New Zealand 17-15 in front of 35,000 spectators.
June 9: NSW, this time featuring stars Dally Messenger (try and five goals) and winger Dan Frawley (three tries), take on New Zealand again two days after the previous clash –winning 31-12.
June 23: A crowd of 40,000 watch NSW complete a clean sweep of the three-match series against New Zealand with a 34-10 victory.
June 6: Metropolis prove too good for the touring British team, cruising to a 38-10 success in front of 50,257 spectators. Harold Horder, the tryscoring sensation of his time, crosses for a double.
June 29: The first Australia-Britain (Northern Union) Test at the SCG attracts 55,000 fans. The home team wins 12-7 to level the series. Frank Burge and Charles Fraser score Australia’s tries.
July 4: This is one of British rugby league’s most famous victories: a match immortalised as ‘The Rorke’s Drift Test’. Playing their third Test in seven days and already minus several key players, Great Britain lose winger Frank Williams to injury in the first few minutes. These are the days before replacements. The British then lose Billy Hall and Douglas in the second half, reducing them to 10 men. Despite the adversity, the tourists wrap up the series with a 14-6 win.
September 12: Local rivals Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney play off for the City Cup. The Tri-Colours score two tries to one in a 6-5 success.
June 7: Flying winger Harold Horder scores five tries and kicks seven goals for a personal haul of 29 points in the first interstate rugby league game at the SCG. Horder is the headline act in NSW’s 39-6 triumph over Queensland.
July 26: The first unofficial ‘grand final’ is played at the SCG. In the days when first past the post decided the premiership, Balmain and South Sydney finish the season level on 22 points. In their play-off for the title, Balmain win 5-3 to make it successive premierships after going the previous season undefeated.
August 12: Wally Messenger scores a try and kicks six goals from six attempts as Easts edge Glebe 18-15 to win the City Cup.
August 11: Premiers Balmain, the dominant team of their era, complete the season double when they demolish Newtown 22-2 in the City Cup final.
July 20: South Sydney effectively wrap up their fourth premiership when they hold off their nearest rivals, Western Suburbs, 11-3 in front of 27,000 fans.
July 19: NSW and Queensland resume their rivalry after interstate matches were paused from 1915. NSW win 33-18. The curtain-raiser is a clash between the AIF team of returned servicemen, led by Jack ‘Bluey’ Watkins, and NSW Country Firsts. The AIF team win 18-5.
June 12: A crowd of 60,000 watch NSW score eight tries to none in a 42-6 win against the British. The curtain- raiser sees Sydney University’s first rugby league intervarsity match against Queensland University – Sydney triumph 26-14.
July 3: Australia win the Ashes on home soil for the first time, backing up their first Test victory with a 21-8 triumph in the second. Halfback Duncan Thompson is outstanding as the host nation scores five tries to two.
June 4: NSW produce 12 tries in a stunning 56-9 win against the touring New Zealand team. On the same day, NSW Seconds down Queensland Firsts 37-11.
June 25: Harold Horder scores five tries in premiership team North Sydney’s 60-16 romp against a combined Newcastle team.
July 16: St George, who will go on to write much of the rugby league history at the SCG, play their first match at the venue – a 45-6 City Cup loss to Glebe.
June 3: Metropolis play the touring New Zealand Maori team. Champion forward Frank Burge, one of the giants from rugby league’s early years, scores six tries in a 77-13 win.
September 6: North Sydney and Glebe finish level on 28 competition points and play off for the premiership. Norths power to a 35-3 triumph, with Harold Horder scoring 20 points (two tries and seven goals).
June 25: Queensland defeat NSW 18-13 after both teams score three tries. NSW goalkicker Arthur Oxford manages just two successes from nine attempts in the defeat.
September 12: Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney square off for the premiership after they finish the season locked on 30 points. In a brilliantly fluctuating contest, Easts win 15-12 through a late try to captain and five-eighth Harry Caples. Benny Wearing scores all of Souths’ points.
May 31: Queensland win the opening match of the interstate series 22-20. They go on to sweep the series with a 20-7 success at the Sydney Sports Ground and a 36-6 win in Brisbane.
June 23: The British win a controversial and tempestuous opening Test 22-3, in which Australian prop Norm Potter is sent off. Referee Tom McMahon Snr needs a police escort from the playing arena as fans vent their anger.
July 29: Balmain and South Sydney play off for the premiership and the Tigers prevail 3-0 through a try to lock Reg Latta. It is the first rugby league match broadcast on radio.
September 5: South Sydney complete the perfect season, going through the premiership undefeated and then winning the City Cup competition by defeating Glebe 15-8 in the final.
June: 5 Winger Jack Toohey scores two tries and kicks six goals for NSW in a 30-17 win against Queensland. This is the opening game of a five-game series. NSW also win game two at the SCG, 5-3, two days later. However, Queensland take the final three matches to win the series.
September 4: Rugby league moves to a finals series for the first time. In the code’s first semi-final, University down Glebe 29-3. South Sydney defeat Eastern Suburbs the following week and will go on to win the premiership play-off against University.
June 25: Prolific pointscoring winger Benny Wearing scores a brace of tries in NSW’s 14-10 win against Queensland in front of 56,437 fans. NSW win the four-game series 3-1.
May 9: Previously, City-Country matches were less formally structured with a Metropolis team representing the city. In the first of what would become the traditional representative format, Country Firsts win 35-34. The bush boys would triumph again three days later, 23-14.
July 21: Australia find some revenge for two earlier losses, inflicting a 21-14 defeat on Great Britain in the third Test.
June 6: A massive crowd of 70,204 attend one of the most anticipated Test matches in rugby league’s early years. Many people even watch the game from stands in the adjoining Agricultural Showground. Great Britain win 8-6, scoring the only two tries of the game through Alf Ellaby and Arthur Atkinson.
July 19: The final Test is a thrilling decider. However, Great Britain’s backline holds sway and winger Stanley Smith scores a hat-trick in an 18-13 triumph.
4 June: Captain Dave Brown kicks nine goals and winger Alan Ridley scores four tries in NSW’s dominant 42-9 win against Queensland.
June 8: NSW put Queensland to the sword 51-8 with winger Ray Hines crossing four times. In all, NSW score 13 tries in the 43-point win.
August 17: Scoring champion Dave Brown scores four tries and seven goals (26 points) for Eastern Suburbs in a 35-15 defeat of North Sydney.
September 14: Eastern Suburbs, even without Dave Brown, crush South Sydney 19-3 to claim their fifth premiership.
June 29: Australia produce a dazzling second half to win the opening Test 24-8. Centre Dave Brown scores two tries and four goals. Rival props Nat Silcock (Britain) and Ray Stehr (Australia) are sent off in the first half for fighting.
July 18: The tourists win the final Test 12-7 to again leave with the Ashes. Australia’s Ray Stehr is sent off for the second time in the series, this time for an altercation with rival Jack Arkwright, who is also dismissed.
July 9: Front-rower Jimmy Gibbs scores four tries in NSW’s 44-7 win against Queensland.
September 3: Four years after entering the competition, Canterbury-Bankstown claim their maiden premiership. The Berries defeat Eastern Suburbs 19-6, with elusive winger Joe Gartner scoring two tries.
June 12: Balmain winger Sid ‘Snowy’ Goodwin scores six tries in NSW’s 54-13 win against Queensland. Two days before, NSW also brought up the half-century with a 50-15 victory over the Queenslanders.
September 2: As war is breaking out in Europe, Balmain produce a dazzling six-try second half to defeat South Sydney 33-4 and claim their seventh premiership.
August 31: Even without captain-coach Dave Brown, a young Roosters side dominate Canterbury to win the premiership decider 24-4 – Brown’s replacement Bill Brew scores a try.
August 30: St George claim their first premiership with a 31-14 win over Eastern Suburbs – legendary Tri-Colours centre Dave Brown, ‘The Bradman of League’, plays his final game, announcing his retirement at the age of 29 following the match.
August 8: Jack Lindwall scores four tries and his brother, Ray, kicks three goals in St George’s 21-12 win against Eastern Suburbs. Ray Lindwall, a talented fullback, would become an SCG legend as one ofAustralia’s finest fast bowlers.
September 5: Ray Lindwall kicks five goals and a field goal in St George’s 18-5 semi-final win against the Roosters.
September 12: According to reports of the day, conditions are so bad for the Canterbury-St George premiership decider that thousands of fans jump the fence and invade The Members’ Stand for shelter. Canterbury hang on to win a dour affair 11-9, with St George’s points coming from the Lindwall brothers – Jack scoring a try and Ray kicking three goals.
September 4: A massive crowd of 60,922 pack the ground for a grand final featuring two iconic Sydney characters. Frank ‘Bumper’ Farrell leads a Newtown team facing a North Sydney outfit with Frank Hyde as captain-coach. A ruthless Bluebags outfit deliver Newtown their third premiership with a 34-7 triumph.
August 26: Centre Len Smith scores four tries for Newtown in a brilliant 55-7 semi-final rout of St George. His fellow centre Lin McLean adds a hat-trick.
September 16: In the premiership-decider, Balmain claim an eighth premiership by grinding out a 12-8 win against Newtown.
September 1: Eastern Suburbs lock Dick Dunn produces one of the great individual performances in a premiership decider, scoring 19 points in his team’s 22-18 win against Balmain. With Easts trailing 18-17 late on, Dunn kicks a penalty goal to take the lead and then scores the sealing try to deliver the Tri-Colours a ninth crown in front of 44,585 fans.
May 11: Interstate football returns to the SCG following World War II. NSW triumph 46-10, second-rower Harry Bath and hooker George Watt each bagging two tries.
June 17: International football is also back on the schedule, Gus Risman’s British team touring Down Under. The opening Test, played in front of 64,527 fans, finishes 8-all. Britain are reduced to 12 men when centre Jack Kitching is sent off on the half-hour mark.
July 20: Great Britain score 18 unanswered points in the second half to win the final Test 20-7, kicking away after Australian forward Arthur Clues is sent off.
April 17: St George’s Jack Lindwall scores four tries and kicks three goals in Saints’ 23-10 win against Manly. This is the Sea Eagles’ first game at the SCG.
May 29: A crowd of 55,866 witness New Zealand fight back from 13-5 down at halftime to defeat Australia 21-19.
July 24: Parramatta play their first game at the SCG, going down 26-5 to Balmain. Ted Evans scores Parramatta’s first try at the venue.
September 10: Captain and five-eighth Johnny Hawke inspires St George to a five-tries- to-two upset of minor premiers South Sydney. The 19-12 win delivers St George their second premiership. Lock George Jardine plays out the match with a broken wrist.
June 3: A crowd of 70,419 watch Great Britain down NSW 20-13.
July 2: Rated by many historians as the greatest moment in Australian rugby league history. Played in mud and slush, the final Test match against Great Britain is a grim and gripping affair. Scores are locked at 2-all, time is winding down and a draw isn’t enough for Australia. The scene is set for long-suffering Australian fans to find a hero. Then winger Ron Roberts finds space down the one dry strip of the SCG. He races away and dives over for the try that wins back the Ashes for the first time in 30 years.
June 11: The first French team, in any sport, to tour Australasia happens to be one of the most celebrated rugby league teams of all-time. Led by charismatic fullback Puig Aubert, France lead Australia 16-0 during the opening Test before going on to win 26-15. It is their first victory over Australia.
July 21: A crowd of 67,009 watch the deciding Test. Led by halfback Joseph Crespo, who scores three tries, France win the series with a 35-14 victory.
September 8: Manly play their first finals match at the SCG and do it in style, crushing Western Suburbs 37-9. Centre Gordon Willoughby scores three of his team’s nine tries.
September 15: Halfback Ken Arthurson, future head of the Australian Rugby League, scores for Manly in an 18-8 victory over St George as they qualify for the decider against South Sydney at the Sydney Sports Ground.
July 2: New Zealand score three tries to one in the deciding third Test to defeat Australia 19-9 and claim the trans-Tasman series.
September 20: Controversy shrouds refereeing in the premiership decider with South Sydney old-timers refusing to believe they are given a fair go. But Wests can point to the scoreboard – they cross for six tries to win 22-12 in front of 41,060 fans and secure a fourth premiership.
May 30: Wrestling promoter Mike Dimitro brings the USA All Stars team for a series of matches. The novices wear long gridiron pants for their first two games on tour and even use spiral gridiron passes to find space. On their SCG debut, they go down 52-25 to Sydney Firsts in front of 65,453 curious fans.
June 2: NSW defeat the USA All Stars 62-41 in rugby league’s version of basketball. When the teams play again on 25 July, the result is a more conventional rugby league score of 27-18.
September 12: Future Immortal Clive Churchill is prominent as South Sydney prove too good for St George and claim their 14th premiership with a 31-12 win. Winger Ian Moir scores three tries.
June 12: A rampant Australia score seven tries in a comprehensive win 37-12 win against Great Britain, the start of what would become one of the most dramatic Ashes series in history.
July 10: Referee Aub Oxford leaves the field and abandons the tour match between NSW and Great Britain 20 minutes from fulltime as players brawl behind him. Played between the second and third Tests, there’s a belief that British players are targeting key internationals in the NSW team and bedlam ensues. An angry crowd gathers outside the British dressing room and players have to be restrained from going after them.
July 17: Following the bedlam and drama of the previous week, Australia win the series with a fine 20-16 victory.
September 18: The first ‘official’ grand final is played under the new format and champion fullback Clive Churchill inspires South Sydney to the premiership. Churchill sets up three tries in the 23-15 win against Newtown.
23 July: France, after losing the first Test at the SCG 20-8, fight back to force a Sydney decider. A resolute defensive stand keeps Australia at bay for much of the final 20 minutes as they win 8-5 in one of the nation’s great victories.
September 17: South Sydney, last at the halfway point of the season, complete one of the most extraordinary comeback seasons – it is completed with a 12-11 victory over Newtown in the grand final. Newtown lead 11-7 with 10 minutes to go before Rabbitohs halfback Col Donohue scores the winner.
September 1: Golden Boots Keith Barnes kicks nine goals from 11 attempts as Balmain see off South Sydney 36-33 in an epic preliminary final. Second-rower Les Cowie scores four tries for the Rabbitohs.
September 8: St George win the first of a staggering 11 straight premierships, downing Balmain 18-12 in front of 61,987 fans. Lock Billy Wilson, who moves to the centres when Merv Lees damages a collarbone, stars for the Dragons. And so begins one of the greatest chapters in Australian sport.
4 June: NSW fullback Greg Hawick kicks 15 goals in a 69-5 hammering of Queensland. Ian Moir and Keith Holman each score a hat-trick of tries.
June 22: Australia wrap up the World Cup, the tournament decided on points system with no final, as they defeat France 26-9. Brian Carlson, who scores a try and seven goals against France, is named Australia’s player of the tournament.
September 21: St George forward Harry Bath kicks eight goals from eight attempts and Brian Clay crosses twice in a 31-9 grand final win against the Ken Arthurson-coached Manly outfit. The juggernaut is building.
May 24: Barnstorming winger Peter Dimond scores three for NSW in a 25-14 win against Queensland.
June 14: A crowd of 68,777 watch Australia put it to Great Britain in the opening Test. Forwards Rex Mossop, Norm Provan and Kel O’Shea are among the tryscorers in a 25-8 win.
July 19: With the series on the line, Great Britain halfback Alex Murphy turns on a masterclass in creative football to spearhead a 40-17 victory. Winger Mick Sullivan scores three tries for the tourists.
September 13: Even by the standards of the day, this a brutal grand final as St George take on a powerful Western Suburbs outfit. After the Dragons mete out the punishment, Norm Provan scores twice for the big red V and Bob Bugden grabs an intercept try in a 20-9 triumph.
June 13: Immortals-in-waiting John Raper and Reg Gasnier make their Test debuts at 19 years of age in a 9-8 win against New Zealand.
August 15: Manly’s Rex Mossop and St George’s Harry Bath are sent off, while Dragons winger Eddie Lumsden stars in more regular football action with three tries as the big red V complete an undefeated season. The dominance is confirmed by a 20-0 grand final victory.
June 11: Australia and France play out a tryless Test that finishes 8-all. Keith Barnes and Andre Lacaze each boot four goals.
September 3: The St George Dragons dazzle on grand final day to destroy Eastern Suburbs 31-6. Reg Gasnier and Johnny King both score doubles in a seven-try rout.
September 16: The Dragons fail to concede a try for the third successive grand final. Wingers Eddie Lumsden (three) and Johnny King score the tries in their 22-0 win against Western Suburbs.
June 9: A wonderful crowd of 70,174 watch a rising young Australian team face a dominant Great Britain outfit. The tourists prove too good, winning 31-12 with scheming halves Dave Bolton and Alex Murphy controlling the game.
July 14: One of the more famous Australian victories comes with a tip from referee Darcy Lawler to goalkicker Ken Irvine. The brilliant winger scores late to make it 17-16. Then, as he lines up his sideline conversion, Lawler suggests he better readjust the ball. Irvine does, strikes it true and Australia win 18-17 to avoid a clean sweep.
September 15: This St George grand final win is built on grit and courage. Johnny King scores the only try in a 9-6 win against Western Suburbs. The Dragons hold on despite having prop Billy Wilson sent off and Norm Provan off the field injured for some of the second half.
August 24: After an intense and physical grand final, won 8-3 by St George on a quagmire, respective captains Norm Provan (Dragons) and Arthur Summons (Wests) share a muddy embrace in the middle of the SCG. This moment in time is brilliantly captured by Fairfax photographer John O’Gready, a photo titled ‘The Gladiators’. That moment is now immortalised as the Provan-Summons trophy, which is handed to the premiers each rugby league season.
June 6: In the 1000th rugby league match at the SCG, NSW defeat the touring French team 36-8. September 5: St George centre Graeme Langlands scores a semi-final hat-trick in the 42-0 triumph over Parramatta.
September 19: The Provan brothers Norm (St George) and Peter (Balmain) face each other in the grand final. Big brother wins the day as the Dragons’ march continues with an 11-6 success.
September 18: A record crowd of 78,056 take up every vantage point inside the ground and out as a resurgent South Sydney try to take St George’s crown. Fans are allowed inside the fence and others climb on grandstand rooves such is the interest in this match. The Dragons win 12-8 to make it 10 straight premierships and Norm Provan retires, having played in all 10.
July 23: The half-a-game Artie legend is born. Australian forward Arthur Beetson produces a wondrous 40 minutes, creating two tries for winger Ken Irvine – one with a kick and another with a pass – before being replaced at halftime with a shoulder injury. Australia would win 19-14 to claim the series in front of 63,503 delighted supporters.
September 18: The 11th straight St George premiership comes in emphatic fashion, a 23-4 victory over Balmain. Prop Kevin Ryan scores a spectacular try and Graeme Langlands kicks seven goals.
September 9: The Dragons’ premiership reign comes to an end, losing 12-11 to Canterbury in the preliminary final. Four-tackle football is introduced this season, replacing unlimited tackles.
September 16: This is the first live television broadcast of a grand final. South Sydney forward Bobby McCarthy intercepts a pass from Canterbury hooker Col Brown and races close to 80m for the game-defining moment in the Rabbitohs’ 12-10 victory.
May 25: Super boot Eric Simms kicks eight goals in Australia’s 25-10 World Cup win against Great Britain. The match is played in front of 62,256 fans.
June 10: France are the surprise World Cup finalists, pushing Australia for 65 minutes. Winger Lionel Williamson scores two tries in Australia’s 20-2 triumph.
September 21: Former sprint champion Mike Cleary scores South Sydney’s only try in an ill-tempered grand final, an 80m runaway effort after picking up a loose ball. The Rabbitohs lead 11-2 at halftime but have to withstand a Manly fightback to win 13-9.
20 September 20: Balmain, 11-2 underdogs, produce one of the most celebrated grand final upsets. Winger Sid Williams scores the only try of the game. The Tigers are accused of feigning injury to take the powerful South Sydney unit out of rhythm. Tactic or not, it works and the Tigers are champions.
June 20: Great Britain five-eighth Roger ‘The Dodger’ Millward scores two tries, kicks six goals and a field goal as the tourists down Australia 28-7.
July 4: Great Britain regain the Ashes with a 21-17 victory, keeping Australia to one try – to Bob McCarthy.
September 19: South Sydney skipper John Sattler plays 77 minutes of the grand final with a horribly broken jaw, the result of a clash with Manly rival John Bucknall. Rallying to support their captain, Souths dominate Manly to win 23-12, halfback Bob Grant scoring two tries. Sattler accepts the trophy, makes an acceptance speech and does the lap of honour before going to hospital.
September 11: Two survivors from St George’s golden years, Billy Smith and Graeme Langlands, inspire a preliminary final victory over Manly to return a Dragons outfit coached by Jack Gibson to the grand final. Langlands (two tries and three goals) and Smith (three field goals) score all of Saints’ points in a 15-12 win.
September 18: South Sydney make it four premierships in five years, defeating St George in one of the great grand finals. Souths lead 1-0 at halftime following an Eric Simms field goal. In the second half, St George fight back to trail 11-10 before Bobby McCarthy scores the match-winner in a 16-10 triumph. It is the Rabbitohs’ 20th premiership.
September 16: Centre Ray Branighan scores a try and six goals in Manly’s maiden premiership victory, a 19-14 triumph against Eastern Suburbs. It’s a sweet victory for a club that had played in five losing premiership deciders, including four grand finals.
May 12: History is made when Newtown defeat St George 1-0 through a Ken Wilson field goal.
July 21: Manly’s English import Malcolm Reilly and Souths hooker George Piggins, two of the hardest men to play the game, engage in one of the most ferocious one-on-one confrontations ever seen at the ground. Manly win the game 31-24.
September 15: The most brutal grand final of all is played between Manly and a young Cronulla team featuring two British internationals, prop Cliff Watson and captain-coach Tommy Bishop. The first half degenerates into violent chaos as referee Keith Page cautions both teams on several occasions. Despite the violence, the football brilliance of future Immortal Bobby Fulton decides the game with two dazzling tries. Manly win 10-7.
July 20: Graeme Langlands scores a try and kicks five goals in the Ashes-deciding third Test, and his final Test match. Australia win 22-18. After the game, as he is chaired from the field by teammates, the crowd pays homage to the Australian captain, chanting ‘Changa … Changa’.
September 21: Jack Gibson wins his first premiership as coach, guiding Eastern Suburbs to a resounding 19-4 win against Canterbury. Legendary front-rower Arthur Beetson is one of the tryscorers as the Roosters win their first premiership in 29 years.
May 17: A Country Firsts team featuring Michael Cronin, Terry Fahey, Greg Brentnall, Steve Hewson and a core of former Sydney first-graders down a City team stacked with icons of the game. The 19-9 victory is arguably the greatest by any Country outfit.
June 14: Michael Cronin kicks nine goals from 10 attempts in Australia’s 30-13 World Series victory over Wales.
September 20: St George legend Graeme Langlands wears white boots in the grand final. Following a painkilling injection gone wrong for a groin injury, the great Changa is clearly out of sorts against a Roosters team rated one of the best of all-time. It’s sad to watch. After leading 5-0 at halftime, Easts score 33 points in a remarkable second half to win 38-0.
June 29: Eastern Suburbs down St Helens 25-2 in the World Club Challenge.
September 18: Bob Fulton plays his 213th and final match for Manly, leading his Sea Eagles to their fourth premiership. Manly win 13-10 against a Parramatta team playing in their first grand final. For Eels fans, the north-eastern corner of the SCG will be forever known as Glover’s corner. Former Test winger Neville Glover is given an unchallenged run to the line but drops the ball with a premiership within sight.
March 13: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip attend the Wills Cup final between North Sydney and Eastern Suburbs as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations. The Roosters win 13-9.
April 23-25: League-a-thon is held at the SCG across the Anzac Day long weekend with three double-headers, featuring all 12 teams.
June 25: Australia win the World Cup final against Great Britain 13-12, with halfback John Kolc man of the match.
September 17: Parramatta and St George play out the first drawn grand final. Despite extra time, nothing can separate the two teams as the match finishes 9-all. Teddy Goodwin scores a slashing solo try in the first half for St George. Parramatta level in the 77th minute when centre Ed Sulkowicz scores, but Michael Cronin fails with the conversion attempt from out wide to win the match.
September 24: Harry Bath’s young St George team push the limits and punish Parramatta in the replay. Test forward Rod Reddy receives five cautions as the Dragons win their first premiership since their golden run ended in 1966. The 22-0 triumph is ruthless and emphatic.
September 3: Manly fight back from 13-3 down in a semi-final against Parramatta to draw 13-all and force a midweek replay, triggering the most controversial and inspiring finals run for any club to win a premiership.
September 6: Manly down the Eels 17-11 in the replay, but one of their tries is found to come from seven tackles, launching howls of protest and calls for another rematch.
September 9: Frank Stanton’s Sea Eagles, inspired by five-eighth Alan Thompson, down Western Suburbs 14-7 in the preliminary final. However, the Magpies are left seething after having two tries disallowed.
September 16: Incredibly, Manly and Cronulla play out an 11-all draw in the grand final (there is no extra time in 1978), forcing a Tuesday play-off. Cronulla score first through Steve Edmonds and lead 9-4 in the second half. Manly fight back to lead 11-9, with Tom Mooney scoring the Sea Eagles’ try. Cronulla’s Steve Rogers then levels with a penalty goal, but he misses with a late field goal attempt to win the game.
September 19: Manly are playing their sixth game in 24 days when they line up for the replay. Star fullback Graham Eadie is brilliant, scoring a try and setting up another for Russel Gartner as the Sea Eagles lead 15-0 at halftime. An Eadie field goal in the second half completes the 16-0 scoreline.
June 30: Pointscoring marvel Michael Cronin scores 18 points in a 24-16 win against Great Britain.
September 22: St George lead the grand final 17-2 at halftime against Canterbury before withstanding a late comeback to win 17-13. It is their 15th premiership.
September 27: The Entertainers legend is written when Canterbury score one of the great grand final tries in an 18-4 win against Easts. Five minutes from fulltime, the ball is moved to the left, when fullback Greg Brentnall finds space. He launches a kick high towards the Paddington end. Winger Steve Gearin races though, catches the ball on the full and plunges over in the shadow of The Members’ Stand.
September 13: A scrum erupts in the minor semi-final between Newtown and Manly, causing one of the most sustained and violent brawls in rugby league history. Fists, knees and head-butts fly. Steve Bowden twice head-butts Manly rival Mark Broadhurst. Bowden and Manly’s Terry Randall are sent off and Newtown win 20-15.
September 27: Brett Kenny scores two spectacular tries in Parramatta’s maiden grand final win. They down Newtown 20-11 in front of 57,333 fans.
June 22: State of Origin comes to Sydney for the first time, Queensland winning 10-5. The match is memorable for an in-goal mix up between NSW fullback Phil Sigsworth and his winger Phillip Duke, which presents a try to Wally Lewis as Queensland wrap up the series.
September 26: Parramatta go back-to- back, defeating Manly 21-8 in the grand final. Brett Kenny scores two tries in the win.
21 June: NSW record their first State of Origin win at the SCG, a grinding 10-6 triumph in the mud. Parramatta players Neil Hunt, Steve Ella (tries) and Michael Cronin (goal) score all of the Blues’ points.
September 25: Brett Kenny completes the ‘triple double’, two tries in three straight grand finals, as Parramatta defeat Manly 18-6. The Eels are the first team to win a hat-trick of premierships since St George’s golden dynasty in the 1950s and ’60s.
June 9: Wally Lewis captains Australia for the first time in a 25-18 victory over Great Britain.
June 19: An all-in brawl erupts at the start of this State of Origin game, with a jumper-less Queensland centre Chris Close and NSW’s Ray Price going at each other. Queensland prop Greg Dowling scores one of the most remarkable tries, plucking the ball from his boot tops after a Wally Lewis kick rebounds off the cross bar.
September 23: Warren Ryan and his Dogs of War end Parramatta’s reign. In a dour grand final, Canterbury tackle Parramatta out of the contest to win 6-4. Mark Bugden scores the decisive try for the Bulldogs.
June 11: Captain Steve Mortimer falls to his knees and kisses the SCG’s hallowed turf as Brett Kenny scores in the final minute to seal NSW’s first State of Origin series win. A raucous crowd of 39,068 confirm Sydney have embraced the concept.
September 29: St George are represented in all three grades on grand final day, but in first grade Canterbury defend their title with a suffocating 7-6 triumph in another defensive masterclass.
April 25: Bulldogs hard man Peter Kelly hits South Sydney winger Ross Harrington head high in the first tackle of the game and is sent off. Despite being a man down for effectively the entire game, Canterbury win 26-2.
June 10: Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny spark a 24-20 State of Origin victory - and NSW will go on to complete their first series clean sweep.
September 28: Rugby league farewells legends Ray Price and Michael Cronin on grand final day after Parramatta
down Canterbury 4-2 in a tryless decider.
June 16: Queensland win the last Origin game at the SCG 12-6, before rugby league moves to a brand new home next door at the Sydney Football Stadium. Blues halfback Peter Sterling is man of the match.
September 27: A crowd of 50,201 watch the last grand final at the SCG. Manly’s English prop Kevin Ward defies sweltering heat to lead the Sea Eagles to an 18-8 win against Canberra.
May 9: Greg Inglis produces a try assist for the ages in the Centenary Test against New Zealand, the match commemorating the birth of rugby league in Australia. Inglis juggles a Johnathan Thurston kick, launches himself from the field of play, flies well beyond the dead-ball line and flings the ball over his head for Mark Gasnier to touch down. It is the opening try in a 28-12 Australian win.
May 17: South Sydney winger Nathan Merritt kicks a remarkable field goal from near touch on the final play of the game to give the Rabbitohs a 23-22 victory over the Wests Tigers.
March 20: Inexplicably, Greg Inglis tries to kick a field goal for South Sydney on the final play of the game when they trail St George Illawarra by two points.
June 24: In the first rugby union international at the SCG, Australia defeat Great Britain 13-3 in front of 28,000
fans. The Australians wear the sky blue of NSW complete with the Australian crest. The team becomes known as the ‘Wallabies’ in 1909.
July 2: A crowd of 34,000 watch Great Britain shut out Australia in a 17-0 victory. The tourists win the next match at the SCG 16-0 on 30 July.
July 20: Australia play New Zealand for the first time at the SCG, going down 26-6.
August 10: Scrum half Fred Wood scores for Australia in a 5-all draw with New Zealand. Dally Messenger, playing on the wing, kicks the conversion.
June 27: Australia overcome New Zealand 11-0. Winger Herb Gilbert scores two tries and fly half Charlie Hodgens also scores.
July 6: Winger Cam Gordon scores on his Wallabies debut in a 9-8 victory over New Zealand.
July 27: Australia complete a sweep of the three Test series with a 15-13 win in front of 29,000 fans despite the Kiwis scoring three tries to two.
August 30: Winger Gordon McGhie and scrum half Syd Malcolm score tries in Australia’s 6-5 victory over the
British Isles in a one-off Test that follows their match series in New Zealand.
July 2: Prop ‘Wild Bill’ Cerutti, one of Australian rugby’s early icons, scores two tries in a 22-17 win against New Zealand.
August 11: Centre Cyril Towers scores a double in Australia’s four-tries- to-three 25-11 win against New Zealand. A 3-all draw in the second game, also at the SCG, ensures Australia win the series.
July 17: Labelled ‘The Invincibles’, South Africa complete their unbeaten tour with a 26-17 victory over Australian in the final Test.
June 28: International rugby returns to the SCG after World War II, New Zealand proving too good in a 27-14 victory over Australia.
June 25: Dave Brockhoff scores twice in Australia’s 18-3 win against the touring New Zealand Maori team.
August 26: The first post-war tour by British and Irish Lions and the first to carry the monicker of the Lions, they
over-run the Wallabies 24-3. Halfback Cyril Burke scores Australia’s lone try.
July 26: The Test against Fiji is played in horrid conditions that results in many other Sydney sporting events being cancelled across he weekend. Fiji score in the first 15 seconds of the Test, but Australia recover to win 15-9. Only 13,457 brave the conditions to watch the match.
August 9: Because conditions were so bad for the opening Test another is hastily scheduled. The flamboyant Fijians, who capture Sydney’s heart with their free-flowing rugby, defeat Australia 17-15 in front of 42,004 fans.
June 26: The Fijians return and again upset Australia, scoring an 18-16 triumph.
June 17: Mike Cleary, who will go on to represent Australia in rugby union, rugby league and athletics - and become an SCG life member - scores two tries in Australia’s 20-14 win against Fiji. Legendary halfback and captain Ken Catchpole plays his second Test.
June 19: The Wallabies defeat the mighty South African Springboks 18-11 and go on to win the series 2-0. A crowd of 45,946 cheer on a watershed moment in Australian rugby.
June 22: Champion Wallabies halfback Ken Catchpole plays his Test after New Zealand forward Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads grabs his leg in an attempt to pull him out of a ruck. Catchpole tears his hamstring
off the bone and ruptures his groin. Australia go down 19-18.
21 June 21: Wales score a rare victory over Australia, fighting back from 11-0 down to win 19-16. Winger Gerald Davies is the hero, scoring a dazzling try and setting up another.
June 6: Scotland play their first Test in Australia, losing 23-3 to a dominant Wallabies team. Wingers Rod Batterham and John Cole both score two tries for Australia.
July 10: Anti-apartheid protests are the back drop for NSW’s game against the touring South African Springboks. Protests and politics ensure this tour is about more than rugby. NSW win the game 25-3,
but bigger issues are at play.
July 17: South Africa claim the opening Test 19-13, but protestors throw smoke bombs and invade the pitch. Barbed wire is erected around the ground and police line the perimeter of the ground. Emotions are raw as sport and politics mix like never before in Australia.
August 7: South Africa win the third Test 18-6, but the protests have significant impact. South Africa’s rugby team will not return to Australia for a Test until 1993.
May 25: Celebrated dual international Ray Price plays his first Test match, scoring a try in an 11-6 loss to the All Blacks.
August 2: Wallabies fullback Paul McLean scores two tries, five conversions and a penalty goal as Australia play Japan for the first time. The Wallabies win 35-7.
July 12: Rated as one of the most important games in Wallabies history, Australia play New Zealand in a
decider for the Bledisloe Cup. A crowd of 48,698 create a wonderful atmosphere for a brilliant Test match. Winger Peter Grigg scores a brilliant try on debut, chipping ahead and regathering after a sweeping backline movement. Fly half Mark Ells then creates a try for Michael O’Connor and an historic triumph is within reach. Australia win 26-10.
July 11: Lock Duncan Hall and centre Michael O’Connor scores tries in Australia’s 24-14 win against France,
played in front of 41,234 fans.
July 9: Tryscoring whiz David Campese crosses four times against the USA. Australia lead 37-0 at halftime
before cruising home to win 49-3.
July 21: Alan Jones’ first Test as Wallabies coach results in a stunning 16-9 victory and sets up a thrilling Bledisloe series. Lock Ross Reynolds scores the opening try in his first SCG Test before winger
Brendan Moon crosses after some instinctive Mark Ella genius. A stirring triumph sends the Jones era off to a winning start.
August 18: The Bledisloe is on the line and 43,949 fans turn out to cheer on the Wallabies. David Campese scores for Australia in an epic struggle, but the All Blacks win 25-24 to retain the Bledisloe Cup.
August 6: NSW play Victoria in the first inter-colonial (State of Origin) football match at the SCG. Victoria win 9.16 (70) to 1.8 (14).
May 23: Fitzroy and Collingwood travel up from Melbourne for the first VFL match in Sydney. Fitzroy win the clash 7.20 (62) to the Pies’ 6.9 (45).
August 3: Geelong and Carlton continue the VFL’s push into Sydney. This time, Geelong leave with the spoils, downing the Navy Blues by 10 points.
June 14: A respectable crowd of 24,174 turn out for a Collingwood-Richmond match. Legendary commentator and Magpie great Lou Richards plays in Collingwood’s six-goal win.
June 10: Leigh Matthews, widely-regarded as the AFL’s greatest player, kicks three goals and has 29 touches in Hawthorn’s 156-105 win against a North Melbourne team featuring Malcolm Blight (three goals) and Ross Glendinning (five goals). The crowd figure is an impressive 31,395.
July 20: Richmond Tigers full-forward Michael Roach boots 10 goals as his team kick a phenomenal 34.18 (222) in crushing St Kilda by 152 points.
July 26: In a precursor to the club flying north to their new home the following season, South Melbourne down Collingwood 18.13 (121) to 15.13 (103). Barry Round, David Rhys-Jones, Dennis Carroll, Mark Browning and many others would become Sydney favourites.
March 28: The Swans era begins at the SCG as they defeat Melbourne 20.7 (137) to 16.12 (108). John Roberts kicks four goals in the victory.
June 20: The Swans kick 30 goals in a dominant 96-point win against St Kilda. They fail to bring up the double-century by a single point.
March 27: With their name changed officially to the ‘Sydney’ Swans, the Harbour City’s new AFL team are christened in style. A 111-110 triumph over Essendon launches a new era of Sydney sport.
April 24: He’s a showman, singer and boxer, but Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson, for all his antics, can play AFL a bit, too. The colourful full-forward kicks 10 goals in a losing effort for St Kilda against the Swans.
May 18: Warwick Capper, he of the tight shorts and flowing mane, kicks 10 goals for the Swans against Richmond.
July 19: Sydney launch an incredible three-week stretch with 31 goals in a 201-71 defeat of West Coast. Stephen Wright kicks eight of those majors.
July 26: Warwick Capper kicks six goals as Sydney blast Essendon back to Melbourne. The Swans kick 36 goals and score a club record 236 points in a 163-point triumph.
July 31: A week after their 36-goal haul against the Dons, the Swans put 31 goals on Richmond. This time, Capper kicks five. It is the first time any AFL has kicked 30 goals for three straight weeks.
August 3: Swans midfield champion Greg Williams has 53 disposals and kicks six goals in one of the finest individual performances at the SCG as Sydney defeat St Kilda by 50 points.
May 19: Tony Lockett’s knack for kicking 12-goal bags at the SCG begins. His dozen helps St Kilda to a six-point triumph over the Swans.
May 8: After 26 straight losses, Sydney finally belt out their victory song. The 74-point win against the Brisbane Bears proves to be a watershed moment for the Swans.
June 27: Richard Osborne only played one season for Swans, but one magical performance writes his name into folklore when he kicks 10 goals against Melbourne.
August 1: Before Tony Lockett becomes a Swans hero, the then St Kilda star is the victim of an SCG prank. A fan releases a pig at full-forward with ‘4’ painted on one side and ‘Plugga’ on the other.
May 8: Plugger Lockett breaks hearts and bones on the one day. In his final year at St Kilda before moving to Sydney, Lockett kicks 11 goals in a stirring Saints fightback from 51 points down to edge the Swans 110-109. He also cops an eight-week suspension for an incident that leaves Swans defender Peter Caven with a badly smashed nose.
May 15: Geelong superstar Gary Ablett boots 14 goals in a 25.15 (165) to 9.17 (71) victory over Sydney.
June 12: Dermott Brereton, in his only season for the Swans, comes up against his old club Hawthorn. Brereton kicks three goals but is outdone by his old mate Jason Dunstall, who contributes 11 to the
Hawks’ 58-point win.
August 11: Tony Lockett kicks 12 goals from 15 kicks in the Swans’ 48-point victory over Richmond. Plugger kicks
121 goals for the season.
August 31: Rodney Eade’s Swans wrap up the minor premiership with a comprehensive win against West Coast
in the final round.
September 7: The first AFL finals match at the SCG is a classic. Sydney, minus Tony Lockett, rally from three points down at three-quarter time to defeat Hawthorn by a goal. Craig O’Brien is the hero with five goals.
September 21: The AFL’s greatest goalscorer writes his name into Swans folklore with a behind. As Tony Lockett
lines up a shot from 55m against Essendon, the scores are locked at 69 apiece. The siren sounds. Any score will put the Swans into the grand final. Lockett kicks a behind and euphoria ensues.
July 19: Tony Lockett makes it 12 goals in a game at the SCG for a third time. On this occasion, Port Adelaide are on the receiving end of Plugger’s lethal right boot.
June 6: Tony Lockett kicks goal number 1300, against Collingwood, to surpass Gordon Coventry's all-time AFL goalscoring record, which had stood unchallenged for 62 years. Fans swarm the field in unbelievable scenes.
June 15: After retiring in 1999, Tony Lockett makes an ill-fated comeback. He plays three games in 2002, retiring for good after kicking a solitary goal in a two-point loss to Geelong. He finishes with 1360 goals from 281 games.
August 8: The Sydney Swans hold their team of the century gala function at the SCG.
September 9: Few players have won a finals match off their own boot quite like Nick Davis. His four-goal last quarter against Geelong as the Swans come from nowhere defies belief. His last snap from a
stoppage, when all seems lost, is extraordinary. The atmosphere generated by 39,079 makes this one of the great nights in Swans history.
April 9: The 2005 AFL premiership-winning flag is unfurled before the opening home match of the new season against Port Adelaide. It flies proudly atop The Members’ Stand in a day of great pride for the city.
July 8: It’s a day of Swans milestones against Fremantle. Michael O'Loughlin plays his 261st game, breaking the South Melbourne-Sydney Swans club record held by John Rantall. Adam Goodes plays his 200th senior game. Peter Everitt brings up his 300th career game (including pre-season, state of origin, and
September 2: The 300th AFL/VFL is played at the SCG. The Swans 22.9 (141) defeat Hawthorn 10.9 (69) to qualify for the finals. Jared Crouch plays his 200th game.
August 9: Adam Goodes kicks a career-best eight goals as the Swans come from 15 points behind in the final quarter to down Port Adelaide by four points. Two of Goodes’ goals are brilliant individual efforts to inspire the rally. It is arguably the dual Brownlow Medallist’s greatest game.
August 29: Emotion overflows when stalwarts, Jared Crouch, Michael O'Loughlin and Leo Barry farewell fans
after their last game for the Swans. Sadly, the team goes down to the Brisbane Lions by eight points even though O’Loughlin kicks four goals.
May 19: Melbourne’s Jeremy Howe takes a screaming grab, flying over Swans defender Heath Grundy for the mark of the year.
July 14: The first Sydney derby at the SCG is one-way traffic. The Swans put little brother in their place, winning 24.27 (171) to the GWS Giants’ 5.12 (42).
June 14: The irrepressible Buddy Franklin kicks the Swans’ final five goals as he takes over against Port Adelaide and carries his team to a four-point win in front of 41,317 delirious fans.
May 29: Adam Goodes celebrates a goal against Carlton with an Aboriginal dance which he explains is “inspired from the U16 Boomerang kids who taught us a bit of a war dance”.
August 1: Sydney, the AFL and the SCG Trust all stand by Adam Goodes in emotional show of solidarity after the champion sits out a game following a booing assault many believe to be racially motivated. (Goodes’ number) 37 photos of his career are shown at the ground 37 seconds before the opening
bounce against Adelaide. Lewis Jetta, another of the Swans’ indigenous stars, performs a war dance in tribute after kicking the opening goal. At the seventh minute mark of the third term, the crowd
stands and applauds for a full minute.
April 9: Sydney sport has a new derby to rival anything from other codes. A crowd of 37,045 watch the Swans down the Giants 93-68. Buddy Franklin kicks four goals.
April 22: Little brother arrives. After playing a preliminary final in 2016, GWS enter this derby with no fear. They put the Swans to the sword, winning by seven goals.
May 26: Buddy Franklin kicks five majors to move into the top 10 of AFL goalkickers. However, the night is stolen by Hawthorn’s Jarryd Roughead, who kicks the winning goal in the final minutes.
June 23: Gary Rohan takes a mark in the goal square and kicks a goal after the siren to win a game by a point. As dramatic as that sounds, it doesn’t tell the story of the Swans’ escape against Essendon. Sydney kick the final three goals of the game and Buddy Franklin adds two behinds as they claw back a 19-
point deficit in the final minutes. Rohan’s match-winner is the final act of a remarkable performance.
August 26: Buddy Franklin kicks 10 goals in the final round against Carlton to win the Coleman Medal as the AFL’s season leading goalkicker. Incredibly, he outscores the Blues (57) on his own.
A record crowd of 46,323 cheer on the red and the white as the Swans power their way to a 121-56 victory over Essendon in the elimination final.
Other sports and events
Other sports and events
The Lawn Tennis Club of Sydney invites the MCC to take part in Inter-colonial tournament.
May: The first NSW Open tennis tournament is played at the SCG. The inaugural winners are Annie Lamb
and William J Bush Salmon.
December 15, 17, 18: All America and Chicago play a series of baseball matches as part of a world tour. All America win all
three games: 5-4, 7-5 and 6-2.
January 1: Australia’s first motor racing event is held on the concrete track that rings the SCG.
December 7-12: The preliminary rounds of the Australasian tennis tournament are held at the SCG. American Fred
Alexander wins the men’s singles, defeating Alfred Dunlop in five sets.
January: Major League Baseball clubs, the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants, play a series of pre-season matches against NSW.
February 5-12: The Empire Games, now known as the Commonwealth Games, are staged in Sydney, with the track-
and-field meet at the SCG. Australia’s Decima Norman wins gold in the 100 yards, 220 yards, long jump, and two relays.
January 29: Around 50,000 enjoy the Waveaid -- the Tsunami relief concert. Organised by the Australian Music Industry, the concert raises $2.3 million for victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
January 4: The Richie Benaud statue is unveiled as part of the SCG and Sports Ground Trust’s mission to honour the champions who made the precinct the heart of Sydney sport.
14 March: More than 40,000 attend Sound Relief, a twin musical extravaganza staged at the SCG and MCG, which raises over $5 million for victims of the Victorian bushfire and Queensland floods. Coldplay
opens the concert with a dynamic set that includes a guest appearance from John Farnham. A star- studded list follows, including Eskimo Joe, Jet, Josh Pyke, The Presets, Wolfmother, and Barry Gibb
and Olivia Newton-John.
March 22, 23: Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers play two games. Superstar pitcher Clayton Kershaw leads the Dodgers to a 3-1 win in the opening game, played in front of 38,266 fans. The Dodgers also win game two 7-5 in front of 38,079 fans.