Compiled for OzSportsHistory by Brian Membrey


Day Fourteen, Friday, December 7

9 00 am GYMNASTICS (Women), West Melbourne Stadium

10 00 am CYCLING (Road Race), Broadmeadows

1 30 pm FOOTBALL (Bronze Medal Match), Main Stadium

2 00 pm SWIMMING (Water Polo), Swimming Stadium

3 00 pm GYMNASTICS (Exhibitions and Distribution of Prizes), West Melbourne Stadium

4 00 pm DEMONSTRATION (Australian Rules Football), Main Stadium

7 30 pm SWIMMING, Swimming Stadium

400 metres Free Style - Ladies - Final

1500 metres Free Style - Men - Final

High Diving - Ladies - Final,

Water Polo - Final


Earlier it was suggested that the demonstration Australian Rules match might be at Olympic Park, but both it and soccer semi-finals were eventually played at the M C G)   

Given that the Olympics were strictly for amateurs, one side was selected from the Victorian Amateur Football Association, the other from Victorian Football League and Association representatives who played as amateurs

The VFL-VFA jumper was emerald green with white trim and the five Olympic rings and the team actually wore black shorts on the day, despite earlier publicity pictures showing Collingwood's Ray Gabelich in white   The Olympic rings do not seem to have made it in the final version. The VAFA wore the reverse, white with green trim and white shorts, Olympic rings were suggested but none of the surviving images show the front of the uniform.

After a six goal to one opening term, the VAFA went on to win comfortably, 12 9 81 to 8 7 55

Although of novelty value at the time, the game is perhaps significant in that it was the first Australian Rules contest to be televised  The first broadcast of a "real" match was HSV-7's coverage of the last quarter of the round 8 match between Collingwood and South Melbourne the following year

Full story and teams


The very faded publicity photo of “Gabbo” far right often bobs up but is perhaps misleading : the alternative shows the team photo taken before the match with the big fella second from the left in the back row; the Olympic rings seem to have been lost in trnsit  The image below show three of the V A F A  Players clearing the ball from the League’s goal square

Click above to see the Broadmeadows course of just on ten-and-a-half miles