Sporting events for 2013

2013 is a big year for sport in Australia, but what form takes your fancy? Whether it’s tennis, racing, cricket or footbal of any code, here are the big events to watch out for this coming year.

British and Irish Lions tour
In June of this year, the best of British and Irish Rugby Union will hit Australian shores to take on the Wallabies at various locations around the country. As well as the test matches against our national squad, local rugby union teams will also get to try their luck against the best that Britain has to offer.

The Ashes
Normally a treat for all cricket fans, the Ashes tests against England will take place twice this year. Australia will look to put its current run of bad form to one side as it takes on POMs in their home country in June. A lot is riding on the five English tests as they take place only a few months before the English team head Down Under to take on the Aussies over here.

Commencing this week, the 2013 AFL season promises to be one of the most competitive in years, with several contenders putting their hats in the ring to take home the trophy. The majority of experts didn’t give eventual premiers Sydney a chance at the start of last season, so you never know which team could be triumphant come September.

Rugby League
One of the most popular sports in Australia, Rugby League is known to most as NRL. A number of significant off-field dramas, involving drugs and sackings, have distracted from the start of the season, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a day at the footy with family and friends.

A piece of Australian heritage, Phar Lap was as much a part of every man, woman and child as Don Bradman. Australians have been enjoying a day at the races for over a century, but what is on offer in Australia and around the world this year?
Sydney Autumn Carnival
Dubai World Cup
Royal Ascot Racing Carnival
Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Rugby Union
The season commenced in February with this year’s Super 15s competition featuring five teams from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand battling for the title. With tickets starting at just $7, you can enjoy an inexpensive afternoon or night out!

Soccer has increased in popularity since the inception of the A-league and with Australia having a strong European and Asian influence, regions which traditionally follow soccer, this will only continue to grow. With teams based all over the country, getting along to support your local outfit shouldn’t be too difficult.

The Reds hit town
Manchester United is arguably one of the biggest soccer clubs in the world and, this July, Australian fans will have the chance to see the Red Devils play in Sydney. While the public allocation of tickets has sold out, there will be a buzz about the city in which you can get involved. There’s also talk that Liverpool, another English team which plays in red, will be coming to our shores at the same time.

Tennis Grand Slams
Australia may have already hosted its 2013 tennis grand slam, but there are three more to be played around the world this year. If you dream of getting tickets to see Sam Stosur play at Wimbledon, or want to see if Federer can take home another title, then keep your eyes on the tennis news.
French Open
US Open

Sports fanatics
People who passionately follow a team or individual sportsperson can sometime take their adoration to great lengths. Have a squiz at just how far these individuals were prepared to go to show their loyalty.

Written by Debbie McTaggart