By the mid 70s Australia's capacity to produce regular swarms of amateur talent, although undiminished, was achieving less in a more professional and competitive global sports environment. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics Australia won no events of any kind. The Fraser government established an expensive state-funded institute. If we wanted national prestige from sport, we were going to have to pay for it. In the meantime, the pattern of domestic sport was changing. Television had discovered live cricket and then live football, and it was on for young and old. For migrant kids like Robert DiPierdomenico, playing footie was how you got accepted. Others, like Les Murray wanted to play soccer - the game they brought from Europe. Joy Damousi, Bob Hawke, Hugh Mackay and Roy Masters explain how migration transformed the nation and was more easily accepted when kids with funny names helped our teams win at the football. As team sport expanded and needed more players, the visibility of ...