Sports to Embrace Now Footy Season is Over
It’s easy to get caught up in the wild world of AFL during the winter months, especially if you live in Victoria. But the season must come to an end at some point, and make way for it’s summertime counterparts.
We’ve rounded up our favourite summer sports for you to get into now that the weather’s warmer. Read on!
The iconic Aussie summer pastime, cricket has been played in Australia since 1803. The sport comes in many forms during the warmer months. At state level, there’s the womens and mens Big Bash Leagues, which see teams from each city playing Twenty20 cricket in a double round-robin tournament. There’s also the World Test Series, where Australia competes against England, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Pakistan and Bangladesh. And of course, there are the classic backyard and beach cricket variants that all Aussies love to have a go at on a warm day.
With a mammoth number of tennis tournaments happening in Australia during summer, you’d have to be pretty out-of-the-loop to not find yourself cheering on your favourite grand slam champ. The Hopman Cup, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart Internationals and, of course, Australian Open are some of the major competitions that attract huge crowds every year. What’s not to love about late night matches, straight sets and jugs of pimms?
The A-League kicks off this month, running ‘til May. Australia’s soccer tournament began in 2005, and features 12 teams from Australia and New Zealand. Grand finals are hosted at the home ground of the team that ranks highest in the ladder, with Perth Glory the current reigning champs.
The National Basketball League features 8 Australian teams and 1 from New Zealand, and competes from October to March. A competition to rival the US’ NBA, our homegrown counterpart has produced such bball greats as Andrew Gaze and Andrew Bogut. At a national level, the men’s team, The Boomers and women’s, the Opals, compete at international competitions like the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.