Australia is known for many things, from its diverse culture to its beautiful landscapes, it would be hard to fault the country in these respects. One thing Australians are particularly proud of is their skill in sports. Here is some information on some of Australia’s most prolific sports.
Australian Rules Football
Originally the Victorian Football League, the Australian Football League was founded in 1896 with the first season being played the following year. For a long time, it was just teams from Victoria but in the 1980s teams from other states joined the fray and in 1990 it became the AFL. There have been many epic games over the years which have seen upsets and unexpected wins. An example of this is in 2016 when the Western Bulldogs beat the Sydney Swans by 22 points in the AFL Grand Final to not only win the Premiership flag after 54 years but also coming up from being seventh on the ladder.
Horse racing has been around in Australia since the very beginning of European settlement, with horses that were mainly used as workhorses being trained and run for races among the early settlers. Once some thoroughbreds made their way to Australia in about 1800 it didn’t take long for formal events to begin, the first being held in Sydney in 1810. Since then, the horse racing world has exploded in Australia with some of the biggest and most prestigious races being held there. Every race goer knows about the Melbourne Cup which is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne every November. Australian Derby betting tips are a must if you are in Sydney and expect to attend The Championships in Autumn during the Sydney Carnival races. One of the major races, The Everest, is held every year in October during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest horseracing turf race in the world with a prize purse of $15,000,000.
Cricket has been beloved by Australians since its introduction over 210 years ago, with the first-ever test match being played in 1803 in Sydney. Some of the best players in the world have come out of Australia with legends such as Sir Donald Bradman who is acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. His test batting average of 99.94 is considered the greatest achievement of any sportsman in any sport. Australians dominated the cricket world in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s and are still one of the best teams in the world to this day. The Boxing Day test match, beginning on December 26th is a standout event that is watched by cricket lovers all over the world.
First officially held in Adelaide in 1985, Formula 1 has been a mainstay in Australian sport and brings a lot of international attention to the country. It has been held at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne since 1996 and has been enjoyed by many motorsport fans ever since. Some of the greatest racing car drivers have driven this track including Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Fernando Alonso and Australia’s own Daniel Ricciardo.
It doesn’t matter what sport it is; Australians seem to have a natural affinity to be competitive and strive to be the best they can be. That is why Australians have excelled in sports such as swimming, horse racing, motorsports and surfing, to name just a few.