Trans Tasman Test History

Attached is the collection of results of test matches played between New Zealand and Australia commencing with the first test being held at South Melbourne Cricket ground in 1985. These records trace the history of the Trans Tasman battles and how after two series New Zealand had failed to defeat Australia.

However on Saturday 12th November 1988, New Zealand scored what could only be described as a defeat for Australia, a nil all draw in the first game of the Mens Open division. The jubilation of the New Zealand players saw them phoning the results back home within minutes of the completion of the game.

But, it wasn't until Saturday 8th May 1993 that New Zealand scored its first test victory over Australia. Who can remember Australia leading two - nil, then New Zealand coming back to lead three - two when the hooter sounded. The wild scenes of triumph overshadowed what was still happening on the field. The ball had not gone dead and New Zealand's quick thinking saw them run the length of the field to record a four - two conquest of Australia.

One would have thought that that was enough excitement for one day but alas two hours later the Mens Open team recorded their first ever victory over Australia by winning one - nil and securing the Trans Tasman Trophy which they held until 1997.

What an unforgettable evening was the 21st June 1997 when the deciding game of the series came down to the ninth match played that day and the final result only coming minutes before full time. It was Touch at it's best!

There have been many heroes and villains ... and undoubtedly many more to follow. Enjoy the read.