The sporting life Down Under

Young surfer surfing at Bondi beachAustralia has the perfect climate to partake in and to watch sporting activity. With sensational athletes, first-class venues and competitive leagues you’ll have no problem finding a match or competition to watch. Australia is a household name in many sports – in cricket and rugby, the country sits in the top five nations worldwide.

Cricket

Summer in Australia means only one thing – cricket. With families taking part in games in their backyard, parks and on the beach, it attracts individuals from all around the country to participate in one of the most loved Australian sports.

Cricket is an obsession for many, with fans from all over the world avidly following Australia’s season. The Fanatics – Australia’s fan base – tour all around the world showing their undying loyalty to their team. In recent years, the test side found their form to be flailing, but 2017 has seen significant developments in play, seemingly finding their form in time for the Ashes competition against England in December.

With a range of forms of play which include Test Matches (played over three to five days) Twenty20 Series and One Day Internationals, there’s always a cricket competition spectators can find themselves at. Sitting in the stands of some of the most iconic venues in the world which include The Gabba, Adelaide Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground crowds can get fully engrossed in the game. Rising in jubilation for a wicket with the roar of ‘out’ echoing around the stadium or slumping in your seat when your top run scorer gets bowled out for a duck.

Surfing

Australia’s coastline provides for a surfer’s paradise. Whether you are learning or are a professional there are swells that suit all abilities. In Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland there is a long list of beaches and coves to discover which offer clean, uncrowded waves surrounded by pristine beaches.

It’s important that you learn to surf on a beach which has a low swell and minimal rip tides making it safe for you. Some of the best to learn on include Bondi, Anglesea and Noosa in Queensland.

With the legendary waves and breaks on offer, the World Surf League holds three different events in Australia for the Women’s and Men’s Championship attracting the world’s best surfers. The first competition of this year’s campaign is the Roxy Pro Gold Coast which saw Australian Natives Stephanie Gilmore and Owen Wright win. The second was the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. The third is held at Bells Beach, home to the annual Rip Curl Pro Surf and Musical Event which saw Courtney Conlogue battle against Stephanie Gilmore to clinch the win by 0.67 points.

The WSL competition attracts visitors and fans from all around the world to watch their favourite athletes compete and try to score a perfect 10. So, whether you’re looking to learn or watch, Australia is the perfect place to develop your skills and understanding on one of the world’s most loved water sports.

Australian Rules Football

Australian Rules Football (AFL) is the country’s most attended sporting league. With hundreds of thousands of passionate fans packing out stadiums each game hoping to see their team crowned victorious at the end of the season. Games are played all around the country, with clubs in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. The season starts in March, with the final series being held at Melbourne Cricket Ground in September.

This high-energy and fast-paced game is a combination of Caid, Rugby Union and traditional Aboriginal Marngrook. The aim is to get the ball through the post or the goal. As a contact sport, players tackle with their hands and obstruct players with their bodies. To get a true taste of the atmosphere that surrounds AFL you need to watch a game live in a stadium. Therefore, add catching this Unique Australian Sport to your to do list whilst in the country.