Cheering on your favourite team is a big part of Australian tradition. Across the country in all the major cities (and some smaller ones), there are a variety of professional teams and sports to watch.
Victoria is the sporting capital of the nation. Jampacked with professional sporting teams and world class arenas.
In the AFL, there are Essendon, Collingwood, Carlton, North Melbourne, Richmond, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, St Kilda all based in Melbourne and Geelong Cats based in Geelong. The AFL matches played in Victoria are played across the MCG (CBD), Marvel Stadium (CBD), Kardinia Park (Geelong) or MARS Stadium (in Ballarat).
The National Basketball League have two teams that reside in Victoria, Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix. They play their games at John Cain Arena, and the Stae Basketball Centre in Knox.
AAMI Park is the home ground for a number of teams across different sporting codes – Melbourne Storm in the NRL, Melbourne Rebels in the Super Rugby and Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in the A-League Soccer. The A-League also has another Victorian team, Western United FC, who are based at Truganina in the western suburbs and play their games at stadiums in Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat.
In the summer, the Big Bash Cricket League has two Melbourne based clubs. The Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades. The Stars home is the MCG whilst the Renegades play at Marvel Stadium.
The Suncorp Super Netball Competition has the Collingwood Magpies and the Melbourne Vixens who are both based in Melbourne. They play games at John Cain Arena.
Perth is home to a number of local professional teams in different sporting codes. The Perth Glory are a part of the A-League and play out of HBF Park. Part of the Super Rugby, the Western Force play at HBF Park. At the new Optus Stadium, the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers in the AFL play, as well as during the summer, the stadium hosts the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
The Perth Wildcats play in the National Basketball League and their home is “The Jungle” at RAC Arena in Perth. In the Suncorp Super Netball competition, the West Coast Fever also play out of RAC Arena.
The Hobart Hurricanes always put on a show for the local Tasmanians in the Big Bash League. They play their cricket games out of both Bellerive Oval (Hobart) and University of Tasmania Stadium (Launceston). Also playing at these two grounds, the two AFL teams call Tassie their second home and play a four home games throughout the season. At University of Tasmania Stadium, the Hawthorn Hawks come to town and in Hobart at Bellerive Oval the North Melbourne Kangaroos come down to play.
Tasmania, in 2021 is joining the National Basketball League, with a new team, the Tasmanian JackJumpers. They will play their home games in Tassie at MyState Bank Arena in Glenorchy and the Silverdome in Launceston.
Although the Northern Territory doesn’t have any professional teams of its own, the locals love their sport – especially the AFL! During the year two games of AFL are played in the Territory; one at TIO Stadium in Darwin and the other at TIO Traeger Park in Alice Springs. The teams normally vary each year. Territorians also love the NRL and during the year two teams normally play a match at TIO Stadium in Darwin.
The Illawarra Hawks, based in Wollongong, play in the National Basketball League. They play at WIN Entertainment Centre . The St George Illawarra Dragons are part of the NRL. Although they are based in Southern Sydney, they play half of their home games at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.