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Learn more about Western Australia Cricket Association's history through the years.


Year Event
1835 First mention of the game of cricket in the Perth Gazette and WA Journal.
1846 Two cricket clubs formed the Guildford Club and the Tradesmen of Perth. Matches were played in the country centres of York, Bunbury, Vasse, Toodyay and Beverley in the period to 1850.
1852 First ever Fremantle v Perth match held on the Perth Recreation Centre Ground.
1878 The amalgamation of the Perth and Perth Union Cricket Clubs formed the Perth Metropolitan Club. This marked a turning point in the creation of the WACA Ground, as it was this club which brought about the actual formation of the Western Australian Cricket Association.
1885

The WACA is born.

At a meeting chaired by Mr JCH James at the United Service Hotel on 12 November 1885, delegates from the Metropolitan, City Temperance, Perth and Union Cricket Clubs unanimously resolved "to form a Cricketing Association subject to the Municipal Council letting an adequate portion of the Recreation Ground for the exclusive right of playing thereon by such Association".

On 25 November, the Council agreed, granting a three-year lease of a portion of the New Recreation Ground (now Elizabeth Quay).

The WACA was born and JCH James was the Association’s first President. The WACA would get its own dedicated Ground in 1889.

1887 The Metropolitan Club engaged a professional coach from Victoria, Mr WF Duffy of East Melbourne.
1889

The WACA Ground is born.

A delegation from the WACA meets with the Governor, His Excellency Sir Frederick Napier Broome, who grants the Association a lease, later to become freehold, of an area of swampy land on the river foreshore east of Perth. This becomes the new WACA Ground and the future home of cricket in Western Australia.

1892 Throughout 1892 and 1893 many sporting events, including lawn tennis, cycling, athletic meetings and pony races, are held at the WACA Ground.
1893

The first cricket team to represent Western Australia travels to the eastern colonies.

The team travelled by train from Perth to Albany, then by boat from Albany to play matches in South Australia and Victoria.

The intercolonial team featured FD North (Manager), HR Orr (Captain), RE Bush, T Cullinan, WV Duffy, WA Bateman, AA Moffatt, W Bird, PL Hussey, EG Bishop, W Back, HF Bennett, H Wilson, EA Randell.

The official opening of the WACA Ground by Mayor of Perth Alexander Forrest, an occasion also marked by his daughter Sylvia’s induction as the WACA’s first Honorary Life Member.

1894 In February, the first cricket match is played on turf wickets at the WACA Ground. The soil used for the wickets was imported from the eastern colonies.
1895

First grandstand built at the WACA Ground.

Old rivals Fremantle and West Perth play the first football match of the 1895 season on the WACA Ground - the first football match at the Ground.

1897

George Giffen’s Eleven played two matches at the WACA Ground. Western Australia fielded teams of 22 and 18 players respectively in the two matches played against Giffen’s team. The second match played, the great Easter cricket match, attracted record attendances reported to be 5,000 on the first day.            

1899

The first ever visit of South Australia to the WACA Ground.

Perth Football Club established and based at the WACA Ground until 1958.

1901

Proclamation Day holiday-makers attend the Eight Hours’ Day demonstration at the WACA Ground. The trades’ procession from Perth was followed by sporting events, which included a three-mile motor race.

1906

South Australia’s second visit to the Ground and Western Australia’s first win at home.

First WAFL Grand Final to be played at the WACA Ground. East Fremantle 12.3 (75) defeated West Perth 5.6 (36).

1907

England XI plays Western Australia at the WACA Ground.

First visit of NSW to the Ground.

First Country Week Cricket Carnival played at the WACA Ground.

1909 First visit of Victoria to the Ground.
1912 WA team tours NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
1913

The WACA is granted a position on the Australian Board of Control and Mr H Gregory MHR is chosen as the WACA representative to fill that position.

The Western Australian Trotting Association negotiates a five-year lease of a trotting track on the perimeter of the WACA Ground. This would extend to 1929, when trotting moved to Brennan Park (now Gloucester Park).

Australia’s first complete meeting under lights was held at the WACA Ground on 24 January 1914.

1914-18 During World War I, all interstate and international visits were cancelled and the WACA Ground was used on many occasions for patriotic and charitable causes.
1919 WACA Ground used as an aerodrome for demonstration flights by Norman Brearley of the Royal Flying Corps. Brearley reports that despite a very small margin to spare, "I landed and took off several times without accident and only one take off did I actually pluck the electric light wires that then encircled the Ground over the trotting track".
1920

Introduction of The Boan Cup for the Country Week Cricket Carnival.

Local soil from Harvey River area is first used for the WACA wickets.

1929 Trotting moved from the WACA Ground to Brennan Park (shortly to be Gloucester Park).           
1930

Don Bradman played at the WACA Ground for the first time. He played again in 1932 at a match which attracted a crowd of 42,917. He also played at the WACA Ground in 1938, 1940 and finally in 1948.

The Western Australian Women’s Cricket Association was officially constituted in November 1930. HD Russell became the first WAWCA president and Marie Jegust its first secretary.

The Perth Speedway Company commenced operations at the WACA Ground.             

1931 The Farley Stand was completed as a Members stand.
1933 EH Bromley becomes the first Western Australian to be selected to play Test cricket for Australia. He was playing in Victoria at the time of selection and made his debut during the infamous Bodyline series. Bromley was also the first West Australian player to tour England with the Australian team in 1934.
1934 In November, the WAWCA played host to the first touring English women’s cricket team and the first women’s international cricket match was played at the WACA Ground between the Western Australia and England women’s teams. A crowd of 4,000 watched this historic match.
1935 The perimeter track, initially used for cycling in 1892, then developed for trotting in 1913 and later speedway in 1930, was removed from the WACA Ground.
1938 The first Claxton Shield Baseball Carnival to be played in Perth was held in August with matches at the WACA Ground and Subiaco Oval.
1939-45 During World War II, interstate and international visits were cancelled and the WACA Ground was used on many occasions for patriotic and charitable causes. The Ground was used by the Defence Forces for recreational purposes and by the Australian Women’s Army Service as a recruit training camp.
1947

Western Australia is admitted to the Sheffield Shield competition on a restricted basis and win the Shield in their debut season, defeating Queensland away and outright to win the state’s first Sheffield Shield.

Western Australia also had the distinction of being the first Australian state to play India on their inaugural tour of Australia.

1948 First visit of Queensland to the WACA Ground.
1951 WA fast-medium swing bowler June James is chosen in the Australian team to tour England and subsequently plays in the Third Test at The Oval to become the first Western Australian women’s player to play for Australia.
1954

The new WACA Scoreboard is built to replace the scoreboard damaged by a storm in 1948.

The new Scoreboard is dedicated on 25 February as the Memorial Scoreboard, in honour of the cricketers from Western Australia who gave their lives in the cause of freedom in the two world wars from 1914-18 and 1939-45.

Australian athletics champion Herb Elliott of Aquinas College wins the open mile in the interschool sports carnival at the WACA Ground. He also won the 880-yard race in record time.             

1956

WA defensive opening batsman John Rutherford is selected in the Australian team to tour England, India and Pakistan. He makes his Test debut against India at Brabourne Stadium, Bombay (now Mumbai) in October, making him the first Western Australian men’s player to make his Test debut for Australia.

Western Australia is granted full status in the Sheffield Shield competition.

1958

The first women’s cricket Test match to be held in Perth was played at the WACA Ground in March. Betty Newman and 41-year-old Marie McDonough were chosen in the Australian team. This was the first Test match at the WACA Ground.            

1962 Prince Phillip presented the Queen's and Regimental Colours to the 1st Battalion, the Royal West Australian Regiment, at the WACA Ground.
1968

Western Australia won the 1967-68 Sheffield Shield, defeating Victoria at the MCG outright in the final match of the season.

This was Western Australia’s second Shield win, but their first after being granted full status in 1956.

Over 5,000 people were at Perth Airport to welcome the victorious team home.            

1970

New Test Stand (now Inverarity Stand) erected at the WACA Ground, assisted largely by public and Member subscription.

First men’s Test match to be played in Perth was played at the WACA Ground 11-16 December, when Australia played England. This is England’s first Test match in Perth played at the WACA Ground.

1972 WA won the Sheffield Shield.
1973 WA won the Sheffield Shield.
1975

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

West Indies first Test match in Perth at the WACA Ground.

1977

First visit by Tasmania to the WACA Ground.

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

India’s first Test in Perth at the WACA Ground.

1978

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

First One-Day Final played in Perth.

WA defeated Tasmania.

1979

Work commenced on the restoration and refurbishment of photographs and memorabilia stored at the WACA Ground, as a prelude to the establishment of a WACA Museum.

Pakistan’s first Test match in Perth at the Ground.

1980 New Zealand’s first Test match in Perth at the WACA Ground.
1981 WA won the Sheffield Shield.
1982 The Sheffield Shield Final was introduced.
1983 The first Sheffield Shield Final to be played was in Perth at the WACA Ground when NSW defeated WA by 54 runs.
1984

The Sheffield Shield Final is again played in Perth and this time Western Australia defeat Queensland by 4 wickets. This is the first time WA won the Sheffield Shield playing in the Final at the WACA Ground.

Record one-day cricket match crowd at WACA Ground for Australia v West Indies (27,057).

Sri Lanka played at the Ground for the first time.

WACA Centenary Ground Redevelopment project commenced. Arena realigned and construction of the new 10-wicket centre square. The Prindiville Stand is completed and declared open in November.

The second women’s Test match between Australia and England to be played at the WACA Ground and finishes in a draw.

1985 WACA Centenary Eleven team is selected and announced at the Sheraton Perth Hotel on 2 December 1985. The team selected in batting order: Bruce Laird, Graeme Wood, John Inverarity (Captain), Kim Hughes, Barry Shepherd (Vice Captain), Ross Edwards, Rod Marsh, Bruce Yardley, Graham McKenzie, Dennis Lillee, Terry Alderman, Ian Brayshaw (12th man).
1986

Six light towers are installed at the WACA Ground.

To celebrate the event, a Festival of Sport is held from 10-11 October when WA played Victoria in a McDonald's Cup fixture and Australia played Ireland in a Gaelic football match. Both were played under lights.

1987            

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

WAFL returns to the WACA Ground in March, when East Perth play West Perth under lights.

In an historic first VFL/AFL football comes to the WACA Ground when the newly-formed West Coast Eagles play matches at the Ground.

In January, the Western Australia women’s cricket team, captained by Karen Read, wins the Ruth Preddey Trophy, becoming the first WA women’s team to win the Australian Open Age Championships.            

1988

Lillee Marsh Stand completed at the southern end of the WACA Ground.

Sri Lanka’s first Test match in Perth at the Ground.

1989

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.

1990 WA won the FAI Cup.
1991 WA won the FAI Cup.
1992

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

Western Australia play South Africa in an historic match, as South Africa return to international cricket at the WACA Ground.

The Ground hosts World Cup cricket for the first time, with three ICC Cricket World Cup matches played at the venue, including a match between Australia and the eventual winners Pakistan.

1994            

WA State team named Western Warriors.

AFL finals played at the WACA Ground for the first time.

In September, the West Coast Eagles defeated Collingwood by 2 points in the Qualifying Final, then defeated Melbourne in the Preliminary Final by 65 points in front of a Ground record of 34,317.

The new One-Day International WACA Ground record is set, when 28,211 spectators attend the Australia v South Africa match.            

1995 Western Reds rugby league team based at WACA Ground. Fremantle Dockers play matches at the Ground.
1996

The WA women’s cricket team is renamed the Western Fury, making its formal debut during the 1996-97 Australian Women’s Open Cricket Championship.

Perth Heat baseball team move to the Ground.

1997

Warriors won the inaugural Super 8s competition.

Warriors won the Mercantile Mutual Cup one-day series.

1998

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

WACA Museum relocated from the Farley Stand to the former residence of the WACA Ground Curator.

1999

WA won the Sheffield Shield.

Perth Glory play National Soccer League finals at the WACA Ground.

2000

WA Team of the Century and Player of the Century was announced at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 5 April 2000. The team was selected on best performances for Western Australia: Geoff Marsh, Graeme Wood, Kim Hughes, John Inverarity, Justin Langer, Barry Shepherd, Rod Marsh, Tom Moody, Terry Alderman, Graham McKenzie, Dennis Lillee (Player of the Century) and Bruce Yardley.

In the 2000-01 season, the WAWCA celebrated 70 years of cricket for women in Western Australia.

WA won the Mercantile Mutual Cup. Last AFL match played at the WACA Ground.

2001

Women’s Cricket Australia begin a trial merger with the Australian Cricket Board. The process of merging the WAWCA with the WACA continues.

Western Warriors won the Champions Cup, an international cricket competition involving teams from New Zealand, India and South Africa.

2002 WACA redevelopment completed. Playing arena reduced by a total of 31 metres at east and west boundaries to improve player and patron ambience and atmosphere.
2003

In an historic sponsorship agreement, the Western Warriors change their name to the Retravision Warriors.

In December, cricket for girls and women in Western Australia entered a new era with the WAWCA integrated into the WACA structure.

Zimbabwe’s first Test match in Perth played at the WACA Ground and Matthew Hayden scored a then Test-record 380 runs.

2005

South Africa’s first Test match in Perth played at the WACA Ground.

Western Australia 2/143 defeat Victoria 8/141 in the first domestic interstate Twenty20 match in Australia held at the WACA Ground on 12 January 2005, in front of approximately 23,000 spectators - a record domestic attendance for the ground.            

2006                        

A Ground record 103,440 people watch Australia (244 & 5/527 dec) regain the Ashes in the third Test match at the WACA Ground from 14-18 December 2006, defeating England (215 & 350) by 206 runs. A Test record WACA Ground crowd of 24,175 spectators attend day one.

Local hero, Adam Gilchrist, hit a memorable century off 57 balls, then the second fastest in Test history.

Work begins on relaying the centre wickets with new soil from the Harvey River/Waroona district.               

2007 A crowd of 17,344 watch Australia defeat New Zealand by 54 runs in the first Twenty20 International held at the WACA Ground.
2008 A sellout crowd of 16,590 watch Victoria defeat the Warriors by 32 runs in the first Twenty20 Big Bash Final to be played at the WACA Ground.
2010 New Western Australian Mitchell Johnson took nine wickets and won Man of the Match honours, as Australia defeat England by 267 runs in the Third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground. The win was Australia’s only triumph in a 31 series defeat.
2011 The new T20 Big Bash League begins in 2011-12 season and the inaugural Perth Scorchers team played their first match against the Hobart Hurricanes in December at the WACA Ground (#TheFurnace).
2012

The Perth Scorchers hosted the inaugural BBL Big Final at #TheFurnace, losing to the Sydney Sixers in January.

Nicole Bolton became the first Western Fury player to score a WNCL century with 121 against Tasmania at the Ground.

2013

The WACA entered into a record $2.1 million three-year partnership with State Government body Healthway.

Australia regained the Ashes with victory in the third Test at the WACA Ground by 150 runs.

2014

Perth Scorchers won the BBL|03 Big Final, defeating the Hobart Hurricanes by 39 runs at #TheFurnace in front of a club record 20,783 fans, so ending almost a decade without silverware for the state.

Western Warriors won the Matador One-Day Cup in Sydney.

The third women’s Test match to be played at the WACA Ground takes place in January, when the Australian Southern Stars play England. This is the only Test match of the women’s Ashes series, which England won by 61 runs.

2015

Perth Scorchers became the first club to win back-to-back championships in the Big Bash League, capturing the BBL|04 trophy after defeating Sydney Sixers in the Big Final.

The WACA Ground hosted three ICC Cricket World Cup matches, including Australia’s tournament record total of 6417 against Afghanistan.

Launch of the Perth Scorchers women’s team in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League Twent20 competition.

2016 Perth Scorchers reached the inaugural Women's Big Bash League semifinals, losing to the Sydney Thunder by eight runs.
2017  

Perth Scorchers won the BBL|06 Big Final defeating the Sydney Sixers by nine wickets at #TheFurnace.