Vigoro is a team sport, played mainly by women in Australia, that originally combined elements of cricket and tennis, although in its current form is it may be more similar to cricket and baseball.[1]


  • History 1
  • Description 2
  • Interstate competition 3
  • Competing States 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The game was invented in 1901 by Englishman John George Grant.[1][1] In the original version tennis rackets were used and the 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.[6]


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.[7]

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.[8]

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

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

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.[9]

See also


  1. ^ In early publications on the game the Hon. Algernon Grosvenor is also mentioned as inventor.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Justin Parkinson (22 July 2014). "Vigoro: The Edwardian attempt to merge tennis and cricket". BBC News. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Playing at Vigoro". Wanganui Chronicle. 16 August 1901. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Pars from London". Northants Evening Telegraph (British Newspaper Archive). 30 September 1902. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ """The Strange Game of "Vigoro. Yorkshire Evening Post ( 
  5. ^ "Rival to cricket". Dundee Evening Post (British Newspaper Archive). 11 October 1902. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Ettie Dodge (1885 - 1973)" by Anne-Marie Gaudry, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 14, 1996, retrieved (from online edition) 20 December 2006
  7. ^ NSW Vigoro Association "About us" section, retrieved 20 December 2006
  8. ^ ABC Northern Tasmania "All Australian Vigoro Titles", retrieved 9 November 2013
  9. ^ All Australian Vigoro Titles 2010 Game Results, retrieved 25 November 2012

External links

  • New South Wales Vigoro