Celebrating Snedden Hall & Gallop – 60 Years of Sport in Canberra

Sam Irvine

18 Nov 2020


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As Snedden Hall & Gallop moves into it’s 60th year of practicing in Canberra, we wanted to take some time to look back at some of the major events and moments that occurred over the last 60 years. In this short piece we focus on sporting moments and memories during the last six decades.

Whilst there have been so many iconic and memorable ACT and surrounding region sporting moments over the last 60 years, we wanted to take you on a trip down memory lane with some of the our favourites (and a little less known memories).


1962 – The Bradman Pavillion, Manuka Oval’s main stand, was constructed in honour of Sir Donald Bradman.


1977 – Canberra Stadium (currently known as GIO Stadium) was constructed. Designed by architect Philip Cox and constructed in 1977 for the Pacific Conference Games, it also was the venue for the 4th IAAF World Cup in Athletics.

1978 – ACT Women’s Softball Team wins their inaugural National Softball Championships, the Gilleys Shield.

1979 – Canberra Cannons founded and enter the National Basketball League. As one of the original 10 clubs in the competition.


1980 – Phillip Ice Skating Centre opened to the public. Now hosting a number of Canberra Brave games and other community events.

1981 – The Australian Institute of Sport is founded. The AIS was built in 1981 to be an innovative problem-solver for Australian sport, following the failed 1976 Montreal Olympic campaign where Australia did not win a single gold medal.

1981 – Canberra Raiders Rugbly League Club was founded. The club joined the NSW Rugby League Competition (now known as the NRL) in 1982.

1984 – Canberra Capitals Basketball Club founded, and entered the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) competition in 1985.

1989 – ACT Men’s Softball Team (eventually going on to be nicknamed the 89ers) wins their first Australian Championship, the John Reid Shield.


1992 – Michael Milton wins Gold at the 1992 Tignes-Albertville Winter Paralympics, he won a gold medal in the Men’s Slalom LW2 event.

1993 – First Kanga Cup hosted in Canberra. Australia’s largest youth football tournament originated in Sydney for 2 years, but has been held in Canberra as an annual event since 1993.

1995 – Canberra Cosmos Football Club Founded and joined the National Soccer League (NSL) in the 1995/96 season. The club enjoyed various success before it folded at the end of the 2000/01 season.

1996 – ACT Brumbies Rugby Union Club was founded, entering the Super 12 Rugby Competition as the third Australian franchise. They would go on to be Australia’s most successful Super Rugby team.


2000 – Canberra first hosted a V8 Supercars race to be held on a number of iconic streets and roads in the ACT.

2001 – Lauren Jackson joins the Seattle Storm WNBA team going on to be Canberra’s most successful basketball export.

2003 – Canberra Cannons basketball club “folds” after 25 seasons in the NBL. Having won three NBL Championships, they were one of Canberra’s first “household names” in sport.

2008 – Canberra United FC founded and enter the inaugural W-League competition.


2010 – Canberra Cavalry Baseball Club founded, entering as one of the foundation clubs in the inaugural 2010/11 Australian Baseball League Season.

2012 – Canberra United FC crowned W-League Premiers and Champions in the 2011/12 Competition, winning the first of their 3 premiers plates, and 2 Championships.

2014 – The Canberra Brave Ice Hockey club was created, rising out of the ashes of the Canberra Knights, going on to win their first Australian Ice Hockey League in 2018.

2019 – Manuka Oval hosts it’s first International Cricket Test Match. Having been Canberra’s “home of cricket” for a number of years, and successfully hosting a number of One Day International matches, Manuka Oval was finally “baptised” as a test venue in 2019.

We’ve been lucky enough to witness a great deal of Canberra sporting memories over our 60 years of providing practical solutions. We can’t wait to see what Canberra serves up over the next 60.