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Popular Sporting Events in Australia

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OT-2009-afl-grand-finalSporting events are an important part of Australian culture. There are a number of sports that are enjoyed throughout the nation. This article takes a look at some of the most common types of sport currently played in Australia.

1. Cricket – Cricket is a popular sport which involves two teams battling it out against one another. It is a bat and ball game, which involves players acting as batters and fielders. The aim of the game is to get the most amounts of runs in an innings. A run is scored by hitting the ball and then running down the wicket to a crease at the other end of the pitch. If a fielder catches the ball before it touches the ground, then that player is out. This game originated from Southern England in the 16th century. It later became the national sport of England and it is now enjoyed all over the world. It is strongest in many Commonwealth countries or previous English colonies. The Ashes are one of the most famous sporting events of all time. The Ashes are played between the English and Australian teams biannually.

2. Golf – Golf is a ball sport whereby players use a club to hit a small ball across a series of holes on a course. Golf originated from Scotland in the 15th century; although some people believe it dates back much further to the Roman era. Australia has approximately 1500 golf courses. Some of the most famous golf competitions include the Masters, the PGA Championships, and the US Open. Royal Melbourne West is said to be one of the best golf courses in Australia.

3. Rugby – Rugby is a contact sport, where two teams of players battle it out to get a rugby ball over a try line. There are two major types of rugby: Rugby League and Rugby Union. Each of which has its own rules and regulations. Some of the famous Australian rugby team includes the Qantas Wallabies, Kangaroos, and the Qantas Men’s Sevens.

4. Horse Racing – Horse racing is an equestrian sport, whereby horses race one another to reach a finish line. Often there are a series of hurdles that they will have to jump over to get there. The most famous horse race in Australia is the Melbourne Cup.

5. Netball – Netball is a type of contact sport which is played with two teams, each of which has seven players. In many ways it is similar to basketball but with no dribbling. The idea of the game is to get the ball through a net at the opposite end of the course, without having the ball stolen from you by a defender. Netball games last for 60 minutes. The ANZ championship takes place in Australia and New Zealand. Netball is a sport typically played by women; however some men’s teams do exist.

6. Australian Football – Australian football or popularly known as AFL or footy is like a cross between the American football, Gaelic Football and soccer. Many Australians love and follow football. This game has different sets of rules from the standard American football and Rugby.

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