With the 2010 Ashes series kicking off at the Gabba today I thought it was time to revisit the history of this great stadium. Did you know there are two theories about the meaning of the Aboriginal words from which “Woolloongabba” is derived – “whirling water” or “fight talk place”.
With the Aussies now in battle let’s focus on the latter theory. To me it conjures up an image of Australian cricket and cricketers fighting to the very end for victory both with the bat and the on field “talk”! The Gabba has become somewhat of a fortress. Australia has lost none of their last 21 test matches there and had lost only eight of 31 before that.
As mentioned in previous blogs and newsletters, “The Gabba” dates back to 1895, when the land was designated as the site for a cricket ground.
The first event conducted at The Gabba was a cricket match between Parliament and the Press on 19 December 1896. The result was a tie (61 runs each).
The first Test match played at The Gabba was against South Africa from 27 November to 3 December 1931 where Don Bradman made 226 in the first innings of this Test. This still remains the highest individual score in a Test played in Brisbane.
You can test your Gabba Test History Knowledge by doing the quiz on Queensland Cricket website