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What happened in sport on this day..

December 19


 

 

year
Australian sporting history on this day
1896
The first cricket match was played at the Gabba in Brisbane, Queensland.
1933
Kevin Gosper, athlete and later head of Olympics Australia, was born.
1942
Champion mare Flight had her first race start when she won the Nursery Handicap at Randwick at 33/1. From 65 starts this champion mare won 21 times and had 19 seconds and 9 thirds and won a total of $31,185
1970
Australian golfer Wendy Miles born. Won the 1993 Australian Ladies Open.
1971
Former world sprint cycling champion Gordon Johnson won the 1000m World Derby at the Camperdown Velodrome.
1974
Ricky Ponting, cricketer / Test captain, was born in Launceston, Tasmania; most successful captain of all time with 48 victories in 77 Tests (2004-10).
1979
At age 44, Ken Rosewall announced his retirement from world tennis.
1987
1989 Melbourne Cup winner, Tawrrific, won its first race in Waipa, New Zealand, the Davies Transport Handicap, when it started at 6/4 on and defeated Regal Spy over 2000 metres.
1987
Great sprinter Zeditave won his first race at Moonee Valley over 1009 metres in the Gisborne Handicap defeating Heramajo and starting at 3/1. From 17 starts he had 14 wins and in total and won $1,237,400 in stakes.
2003
Surfer Layne Beachley won her sixth consecutive women's world surfing crown.
2004
Squash-playing sisters Rachael and Natalie Grinham claim the women's title at the World Doubles Championships in Chennai, India.