Sports calendar 2017

Australia is a passionate sporting nation that offers drama, excitement and plenty of true-blue sportsmanship. Sports calendar 2017
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Sports calendar 2017

Australia is a passionate sporting nation that offers drama, excitement and plenty of true-blue sportsmanship.


By Jac Taylor

Sport plays a huge part in weaving together the fabric of Australian society. Visitors flock from all over the world to enjoy this country’s incredible calendar of sporting events, from the casual and fun to the intense and highly prized. We may be a competitive lot but Australians also love to socialise over sport, so don’t be surprised if you make new friends at whatever sporting event you attend.

Greatest sports events around Australia

AUTUMN (MARCH - MAY)

The sun is shining and the water’s warm, making this the perfect time to see the world’s surfing superstars battle against each other in the waves of Sydney’s Manly Beach during the Australian Open of Surfing (25 February - 5 March), followed by volleyball’s international showdown Volleyfest, (17 - 26 March). Meanwhile, famous Bondi Beach plays host to the spectacle and strength of Water Polo by the Sea (9 March) at Bondi Icebergs club. On Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast, the ITU Triathlon World Cup will include several Olympic contenders (8 - 9 April), while in Melbourne the Albert Park Formula One circuit will host the Rolex Australian Grand Prix motor race (23-26 March), and in Adelaide the Clipsal 500 Supercars race (2 - 5 March) is the country’s biggest event for supercars. From four wheels to two feet, the Australian Running Festival operates the festival-like Canberra Marathon through the nation’s capital this season, too (8 - 9 April). And if you want to check out Australian first-class football – or soccer as many Australians call the round ball sport – don't miss the A-League 2017 grand final, which will take place 7 May  2017.
 

WINTER (JUNE - AUGUST)

At this time rugby league,  Australian football, and rugby union draw crowds at major stadiums every weekend. Each football code's website can keep you up to date with venues and match fixtures, while the first Test match for rugby union’s Bledisloe Cup takes place in Sydney (19 August). The keenly contested State of Origin rugby league series between rivals New South Wales and Queensland begins 31 May (match two: 21 June; match three: 12 July). Australia’s mild winters set the ideal scene for running with the Sun-Herald City2Surf race open to all participants on its famous course through Sydney city to Bondi Beach (13 August). To witness true grit, catch the cowboys at the Professional Bull Riders National Finals at Sydney’s Olympic Park (22 July), or the high-octane action at Crownbet Darwin V8 Supercars Triple Crown three-day event (16 - 18 June) in the country’s Top End. The Northern Territory town of Alice Springs holds the adrenaline-packed offroad motoring Tatts Finke Desert Race out to the remote Finke desert community for more than 12,000 participants (9 - 12 June), while the Australian Outback Marathon (29 July) simply pits runners against themselves and the arid beauty of the country’s Red Centre around Uluru.  
 

SPRING (SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER) 

As the weather warms, the action heats up as several sports’ grand finals take place. The third and final Bledisloe Cup rugby union match (21 October) is set to ignite Brisbane, the Australian rules football AFL Grand Final takes its traditional place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (30 September), while rugby league’s NRL Grand Final (1 October) is sure to be a sell-out as always. The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea (26 October - 2 December), with the opening match, Australia vs England, held at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Motorsports enthusiasts mark their calendar for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (5 - 8 October), a 1000 kilometre (620 mile) touring car race around the famous Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, as well as the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (20 - 22 October) on Victoria’s Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. For pageantry and colour, few events can beat racing’s Spring Carnival at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse, culminating in the "race that stops a nation", the Melbourne Cup (7 November). For those who prefer revs and wheels to ribbons and heels, the AUS-X Open motorcross event (12 - 13 November) promises a night full of action in Sydney Olympic Park's Qudos Arena. A major event on the international golfing calendar, the Emirates Australian Open (23 - 26 November) sees top-seeded players take on the challenging course at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.
 

SUMMER (DECEMBER - FEBRUARY) 

In summertime, cricket rules the airwaves of Australia, but nothing beats witnessing it live. You can catch Test cricket matches in cities around the country and in 2017 the Ashes – a fiercely competitive Test cricket match between Australia and England – will take place in Australia with the first Test in Brisbane (23 November) and four more Tests to follow in Adelaide (2 December), Perth (14 December), Melbourne (26 December) and Sydney (4 January 2018). One-day international matches and Big Bash League Twenty-20 cricket matches also take place throughout January. On Boxing Day (as the day after Christmas is known) spectators cram Sydney Harbour to watch the beginning of the spectacular Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, as vessels jostle for position in the quest to be first to Hobart. The five-day Festival of Sails in the waters off Geelong in Victoria is held over the Australia Day (26 January) weekend. Tennis also takes centre stage at this time of year, with the sport’s Australian Open providing two weeks of pure intensity (15 - 28 January, 2018).

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