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Quiz about Australian Sporting Hotchpotch
Quiz about Australian Sporting Hotchpotch

Australian Sporting Hotchpotch Quiz


Here is a mixture of Australian sporting personalities who have been legends in their own sporting disciplines.

A multiple-choice quiz by zambesi. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
zambesi
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
373,443
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
5 / 10
Plays
134
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Question 1 of 10
1. Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE (12th July 1907 - 2nd July 1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership skills as a POW of the Japanese during WWII. Prior to WWII while studying medicine at Melbourne University he participated in a sport in which he eventually represented Australia. What was this sport? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. I was born in Fitzroy and played in 99 games for my club including the 1933 Premiership Team. My father had captained Collingwood Football Club and I also played two Tests for Australia as a fast bowler. Who am I? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Don Bradman is the first and only Australian Test cricketer to be knighted for services to cricket. However, he was not the first Australian Test cricketer to be offered a knighthood. Who was the first Australian Test cricketer to be offered a knighthood, but turned it down? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Over half of the 65 Melbourne Cup winners from 1914 to 1978 were descendants of mine, including Comic Court, Phar Lap, Rising Fast, Rain Lover and Think Big. Who am I? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. I was born in Bondi (NSW) and I was the first player ever to have been inducted into both the Australian and British rugby league Halls of Fame. Who am I? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Our original family name was Pannampoulus but then changed to Pannam. As Charlie Pannam I was the first VFL player to achieve what milestone? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. William Twomey played in the 1919 Collingwood Premiership Team and his three sons (Bill, Pat and Mick) played in Collingwood's 1953 Premiership Team. However, William achieved something that his sons never achieved. What was it?
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Australia trounced the USA (5-0) in the 1973 Davis Cup Final in Cleveland (Ohio). The squad consisted of Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Mal Anderson and Neale Fraser as non-playing captain. Between all of the squad (including Fraser) how many Major Singles Titles had the squad won? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. I am the forgotten man of Australian swimming in the golden age of the 1950s. Yet I broke the World record and won two individual Olympic Gold Medals. Who am I? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. I won four World Championships (two amateur, two professional), represented Australia in the Olympics and in one season won every Australian Track Championship in sprint, time trial, one mile and five miles. Who am I? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE (12th July 1907 - 2nd July 1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership skills as a POW of the Japanese during WWII. Prior to WWII while studying medicine at Melbourne University he participated in a sport in which he eventually represented Australia. What was this sport?

Answer: Rugby Union

Dunlop studied medicine at Melbourne University and in 1931 became interested in Rugby. He quickly worked his way from the fourth to the first grade teams with the University Rugby Club. He fast-tracked through the ranks of state to national level and became the first Victorian born player to represent the Wallabies.

He made his Test debut against the All Blacks at the Sydney Cricket in July 1932.In 1934 he again appeared for Australia and he stands as a member of the first Wallaby squad to have won the Bledisloe Cup away from New Zealand.

While a POW in Changi and on the Burma railway he saved many a fellow POW's lives by using primitive instruments under extreme conditions. He was the first Victorian to be inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame.
2. I was born in Fitzroy and played in 99 games for my club including the 1933 Premiership Team. My father had captained Collingwood Football Club and I also played two Tests for Australia as a fast bowler. Who am I?

Answer: Laurie Nash

Although born in Fitzroy the family relocated to Tasmania and it was here that Laurie made his name as a footballer and cricketer thus becoming one of the earliest professional club cricketers in Australia. He made his Test debut in 1932 against South Africa and his VFL debut in 1933 in which he was a member of South Melbourne's Premiership Team.

He had little respect for the cricket establishment at the time and this is probably the reason for him only playing in two Tests, the second during the 1936-37 Ashes series as he was recalled for the final test at the MCG with the tests tied at 2-2. Australia won the 5th and deciding Test.

He took 5/104 for the match plus 4 catches. Bob Pratt also played in the South Melbourne team of 1933. Keith Miller played for St. Kilda and Haydn Bunton played for Fitzroy but was born in Albury.
3. Don Bradman is the first and only Australian Test cricketer to be knighted for services to cricket. However, he was not the first Australian Test cricketer to be offered a knighthood. Who was the first Australian Test cricketer to be offered a knighthood, but turned it down?

Answer: Bill Woodfull

The Bodyline Series of 1932-33 sapped Bill Woodfulls passion for cricket and when reluctantly captaining Australia in England (1934) he was criticised for adopting excessive cautious tactics. During this series he was offered a knighthood for services to cricket, but declined, stating that his work as a mathematics teacher at Melbourne High School was far more important than cricket. He said he would have accepted if it had been for services to education but not for cricket. However, he was awarded an OBE in 1963 for services to education.
4. Over half of the 65 Melbourne Cup winners from 1914 to 1978 were descendants of mine, including Comic Court, Phar Lap, Rising Fast, Rain Lover and Think Big. Who am I?

Answer: Carbine

Carbine was foaled in Auckland (NZ) in 1885 and went on to win the Melbourne Cup in 1890. He started in 43 races for 33 wins and only missed out once on a placing. The other three are also Melbourne Cup Winners (Archer 1861 and 1862), Lord Cardigan (1903) and Poseidon (1906).
5. I was born in Bondi (NSW) and I was the first player ever to have been inducted into both the Australian and British rugby league Halls of Fame. Who am I?

Answer: Brian Bevan

At the outbreak of WWII Bevan joined the navy and found himself in London in 1946. He had a trial for Warrington and finished up playing in 695 games scoring 740 tries between 1946-1962. During his career in England he scored a hat-trick or more of tries in a single game 100 times.

Although he played very little in Australia he was chosen on the wing in the Australian Rugby League "Team of the Century 1908-2008". As of 2012 Brian is the only player to be inducted into both Halls of Fame. He is also the only Australian rugby player to have appeared on a British postage stamp. Churchill, Hall and Kelly were also members of the "Team of the Century" but they all played their rugby in Australia.
6. Our original family name was Pannampoulus but then changed to Pannam. As Charlie Pannam I was the first VFL player to achieve what milestone?

Answer: 100 games

Charlie Pannam played for Collingwood in the VFA and VFL (1894-1906). He also played for Richmond in the VFA and VFL( 1907-1908). As a wingman and rover he was the first VFL player to reach 100 games.
George Stuckey was the first VFL player to win the Stawell Gift (1897) and also the first Premiership captain of a VFL team with Essendon (1897). Bill Wood (Footscray) was the first player to score nine goals on debut in 1944.
7. William Twomey played in the 1919 Collingwood Premiership Team and his three sons (Bill, Pat and Mick) played in Collingwood's 1953 Premiership Team. However, William achieved something that his sons never achieved. What was it?

Answer: Stawell Gift Winner

William Twomey won the Stawell Gift in 1924 off a handicap of 8 yards. None of the Twomeys played Test cricket, none scored 100 goals in a season and Bill played the most VFL games of 189.
8. Australia trounced the USA (5-0) in the 1973 Davis Cup Final in Cleveland (Ohio). The squad consisted of Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Mal Anderson and Neale Fraser as non-playing captain. Between all of the squad (including Fraser) how many Major Singles Titles had the squad won?

Answer: 29

This squad of players is considered to be Australia's greatest ever Davis Cup Team. At the time of the final they had accumulated 29 Grand Slam Singles titles including 9 US Open Titles. Laver (11/2), Rosewall (8/2), Newcombe (6/2), Anderson (1/1) and Fraser (3/2). This does not include the numerous Major doubles and mixed doubles titles they won between them.
9. I am the forgotten man of Australian swimming in the golden age of the 1950s. Yet I broke the World record and won two individual Olympic Gold Medals. Who am I?

Answer: David Theile

David Theile won Gold in the 100m Backstroke in 1956 and 1960. During this time he had to interrupt his medical studies. He later became a general surgeon in Brisbane.
Despite breaking 28 world records, Marshall won a silver and bronze in London(1948). Monckton won silver behind Theile in 1956 and O'Halloran won gold in 1956 in the 4 x 200m Freestyle.
10. I won four World Championships (two amateur, two professional), represented Australia in the Olympics and in one season won every Australian Track Championship in sprint, time trial, one mile and five miles. Who am I?

Answer: Sid Patterson

Sid Patterson was probably Australia's most popular cyclist. It was in the 1949 season that he won all those track titles. He also won the Austral Wheel Race twice. Russell Mockridge is generally rated our greatest post war all-round cyclist winning two Gold at the 1952 Olympics and competed in the Tour de France. Both Johnson (1970) and Nicholson (1975 and 1976) won the World Professional Sprint Title.
Source: Author zambesi

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