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Vigoro is a sport, played nowadays mainly by women in Australia, that originally combined elements of cricket and tennis, although in its current form is closer to a combination of cricket and baseball.[1]


The game was invented by Englishman John George Grant.[1] A key figure in the promotion of the game was Ettie Dodge, who was President (1919–66) of the New South Wales Women's Vigoro Association and foundation president (1932–66) of the All Australian [Vigoro] Association. Ettie's husband had met John George Grant in England. When the game was introduced to New South Wales schools in the 1920s, Dodge & Co. began selling vigoro equipment. Grant died in 1927 and bequeathed the trademark and copyright of the game to Ettie.[2]


Vigoro is played on a pitch slightly shorter in length than a cricket pitch. The balls are much lighter than those for cricket, and the bat has a different shape with a long handle resembling the shape of a paddle.[3]

There are two teams of 12 players which will bat and field two innings each (except in the event that a team wins with an innings in hand). The aim of the game is for a team to score more runs than the opposition team.

There are no overs and the batters bat from one end only. Two bowlers bowl alternately and can incorporate any type of "throwing" action as long as the ball is released above the shoulder (i.e. not underarm).

If the ball is hit forward of the crease, the batters must run.[4]

A run is completed each time both batters safely make it to the crease at the opposite end of the pitch. Fours and sixes also apply where the batter hits the ball past the boundary markers. In addition to shots made off the bat, byes and leg-byes add to the team's score.

Players may be dismissed by the same methods as in cricketbowled, caught, run out, stumped, leg before wicket, hit wicket, handled ball and hit the ball twice.

Interstate competition[edit]

Teams from Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland compete annually for the All Australian Vigoro Titles. These teams compete across four divisions - State (Senior) One & Two, Veterans and Juniors.

New South Wales are the current champions in the State One, State Two & Veterans divisions, whilst the Junior (under 18s) title is held by Queensland.

The 2012 Australian Vigoro titles were held in Townsville, Queensland in late March.

Year Host State Division Winners
State 1 State 2 State Juniors State Veterans
NSW NSW NSW Queensland NSW

Competing States[edit]

New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland are the only States in Australia which host local competitions.

The 2010 Australian Vigoro Titles were held in Bendigo, the first time they had been contested in Victoria.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Justin Parkinson (22 July 2014). "Vigoro: The Edwardian attempt to merge tennis and cricket". BBC News. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ettie Dodge (1885 - 1973)" by Anne-Marie Gaudry, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, 1996, retrieved (from online edition) 20 December 2006
  3. ^ NSW Vigoro Association "About us" section, retrieved 20 December 2006
  4. ^ ABC Northern Tasmania "All Australian Vigoro Titles", retrieved 9 November 2013
  5. ^ All Australian Vigoro Titles 2010 Game Results, retrieved 25 November, 2012

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