Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A History of Really Good Sports; City's Fascination with Competition on the Sports Field Has a Proud Heritage

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A History of Really Good Sports; City's Fascination with Competition on the Sports Field Has a Proud Heritage

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IPSWICH has always been a village/town/city in which many great sports people started playing different styles of games. Today we look back on some of the years when various clubs were formed that were the first of their kind in Ipswich.

1870: The first race at the Oxley Creek races on June 1 was the Maiden Plate. The race was once around the course. The second event, the Oxley Creek Plate, went twice round the course. The third Oxley Creek Cup was also twice round the course.

1874: The first meeting for practise of Ipswich's newly formed Athenian Cricket Club took place at North Ipswich on Saturday February 7.

The Athletics of Ipswich mustered sufficient courage to start a football club.

There was talk of forming a rowing club: the Bremer River was considered admirably adapted for boating and nothing of the kind had been seen on its waters.

1877: The Ipswich Rowing Club formed in August and had as its uniform a straw hat, white singlet trimmed with blue and white trousers.

1885: The first meeting under the auspices of the newly formed Jockey Club was held at Goodna on September 1.

1886: A meeting was held at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday July 20 for the purpose of inaugurating rugby in Ipswich. A further meeting on July 27 at the North Australian Hotel in Nicholas Street resolved that the new club should be called "Rangers".

Annual subscription was to be five shillings, with by-laws the same as those of the North Rugby Union of Queensland. Colours were to be a black jersey with a scarlet device upon the left breast and scarlet stockings. Among officers elected were Mr H S St. Paul, president; Dr Channing Neill, vice-president, Mr H Robinson captain; Mr C A Morris secretary and Mr L Heiner treasurer.

1887: Polo, the great Indian game of hurling on horseback, was played on the North Ipswich reserve. It was the first time a polo match had been witnessed in Ipswich and the local team members were F L Cardew, captain; E Harding jun. J Brady and H S Cribb.

A meeting of the newly formed Ipswich Junior Cricket club was held at Mr Hastie's refreshment rooms. Officers elected were Mr H Wyman, president; Messrs J Steward, R Neild and A Macfarlane, vice-presidents, Mr A Hasenkamp, secretary, Mr D Campbell, treasurer, and the managing committee was completed with Messrs J S McDonald, D Doherty; G Wilkinson and A Hasenkamp.

1888: The Ipswich Swimming Club was formed on February 14 at a meeting held in the council chambers. Elected to office were His Worship the Mayor Mr P Brown, president; Messrs J Nicholls and J White, vice-presidents, Mr M S Smith, captain, Mr T Carmody, secretary, Mr AE Haridaker, treasurer, and committee members Messrs H S St Paul, H M Scott and Robinson.

On June 18 the first intercolonial football match played in Ipswich saw Ipswich and Melbourne compete at the North Ipswich Cricket Reserve. …

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