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Melbourne Sports Capital

SPORT
Melbourne people love their sport, and lots of people also come to Melbourne to seeing their clubs and sporting heroes play – AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, A league (Soccer), Cricket, Tennis, Surfing, Skiing, Horse racing, Basketball, Fishing, Netball, Bowling and the list goes on –
 
The most famous cricket ground in Australia – the MCG is in Melbourne, as is Flemington Race Course – where “the race that stops the nation”- the Melbourne Cup in held each year on the first Tuesday of November. Bells Beach is equally famous in the Surfing world, and the Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena are famous for Tennis Tournaments.
 
Sporting clubs, sports grounds, arenas, tennis courts, golf clubs, swimming pools, bowling greens, croquet clubs, squash courts, rifle ranges, gun clubs, riding schools, skateboarding ramps and parks, Ice arenas, basketball courts, hockey fields and leisure centres are located throughout Melbourne, and of course Melbourne being so close to beaches on the Bay, surfing beaches on the coast, great fishing spots, the mountains and ski runs – means that sporting activities are readily available to all, as are lots of Fitness Centres, walking trails, cycling tracks and mountain trails.
 
There are simply too many sporting fields, arenas and other sporting venues and clubs to list them all here – but we have listed some of the main Sporting Clubs and contacts for you:
 
AFL CLUBS
There are 10 Melbourne AFL club teams, including Geelong, and 18 teams nationwide – with AFL being the most popular Football game in Melbourne, and passionate fans following their favourite players and clubs through the season, leading up to a Grand Final.
 
If you love the atmosphere of a great game – book a ticket to a game and pick a team to support! Make sure you are wearing the right colours before you go to a game!
 
These are the Melbourne Teams – Google the club name to see their websites – see www.afl.com.au

Collingwood – MagpiesTel: 8412 0000 Cnr Swan and Batman Ave, Olympic Park
Carlton – BluesTel: 9387 1400 Visy Park, Carlton North
Essendon – BombersTel: 9338 4854 14 Marshall Rd, Airport West
North Melbourne – KangaroosTel: 9372 1686 Kensington Rd. Kensington
Melbourne – DemonsTel: 9152 1111 MCG Jolimont
St Kilda – SaintsTel: 9559 6688 32-60 Linton St, Moorabin
Richmond – TigersTel: 9426 4400 ME Bank Centre, Punt Rd Oval, Yarra Park
Western Bulldogs – BulldogsTel: 9535 3000 417 Barkly St, Footscray West
Hawthorn – HawksTel: 9426 4400 2 Stadium Circuit, Mulgrave
Geelong – CatsTel: 1300 4622 87 Geelong

CRICKET
 
The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) is said to be the home of Cricket in Australia, and certainly this is where the International and state games are played, but it is also home for >>>AFL in the non-cricket season. To find a club game or join a team contact the Victorian Cricket Association www.cricketvictoria.com.au
 
Cricket clubs and grounds can be found throughout Melbourne, and every weekend in the summer there are games being played.
 
There are also many indoor cricket clubs too.
 
GOLF>>> –
 
There are golf clubs all around Melbourne and in almost all country towns too, but a number of Golf Courses are located in what is known as the ‘>>>sandbelt region’ – southeast of Melbourne City which leads out towards the Mornington Peninsula.
 
The most internationally recognized and most prestigious Golf Club in Melbourne is the 36 hole Royal Melbourne Golf Club – the oldest Golf Club in Australia, established in 1891. This is where a number of International Tour matches are held each year – and bookings to see these are through www.ticketmaster.com.au>>> . To contact the club: Tel: (03) 9598 2600 or visit the website www.royalmelbourne.com.au Address: Cheltenham Rd, Black Rock (Cheltenham).
 
Other major Clubs include:
 
Victoria Golf Club, 1 Park Rd, Cheltenham Tel: (03) 9584 1733 www.victoriagolf.com.au
 
Huntingdale Golf Club, Windsor Ave, Oakleigh South Tel: (03) 9579 4622 www.huntingdalegolf.com.au
 
Kingston Heath Golf Club, Kingston Rd, Moorabin Tel: (03) 8558 2700 www.kingstonheath.com.au
 
Patterson River Golf Club, The Fairways, Bonbeach Tel: (03) 9772 1855 www.pattersonriver.com.au
 
Sandhurst Golf Club, 75 Sandhurst Rd, Sandhurst, Tel: (03) 8787 7011 www.sandhurst.com
 
Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club, Point Cook Rd, Point Cook, Tel>>>(03) 9394 9444 www.sanctuarylakesclub.com.au
 
Eynesbury Golf Club, 487 Eynesbury Rd, Eynesbury, Tel: (03) 9971 0400 www.eynesburygolf.com.au
 
AND THERE ARE MANY OTHERS – both Private and open to the public
 
HORSE RACING -
 
Melbourne has four horse racing tracks – Flemington, where the Melbourne Cup is held each year on the first Tuesday of November; Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown.
 
There are also country tracks too – but the main big races and Spring Racing Carnival all happen at either Flemington or Caulfield which runs a number of Group 1 races. Moonee Valley has a number of night races, and Sandown also greyhound racing too.
 
The Autumn and Spring racing carnivals are also when fashion hits the turf too – and when there is a big race on, it is a great atmosphere to enjoy, with punters, bookmakers and all race goers making it a memorable day for all.
 
Betting on races – can be done on-line, at clubs, TAB and also at the course too.
 
Also for racing enthusiasts, it is worth seeing some of the great horses, like Phar Lap as well as the fashion at the National Sports Museum at the MCG.
 
TENNIS
International players all converge on Melbourne in January each year to play the Australian Open – and it can be very hot at this time of year too. There are both day and night games, and the list of players and matches can be found online, or to book a seat at the tennis click on www.viagogo.com.au
 
Tennis courts can be found all over Melbourne, but certainly the Rod Laver and Yvonne Cooley Arenas close to the city are at the heart of Tennis in Australia.
 
RUGBY LEAGUE
 
Melbourne Storm is Melbourne’s team in Rugby League competition – up against the teams from Sydney and Queensland. See www.melbournestorm.com.au or Tel: 8412 4900. Home games are played at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne Park, which has a capacity of just over 30,000 seats.
 
RUGBY UNION
See www.melbournerugby.com.au for details about players, teams and rugby being played in Melbourne. The home ground is located at ‘Toorak Park’, 580 Orrong Rd, Armadale.
 
Melbourne’s Super Rugby team, the Melbourne Rebels is based at AAMI Park.
 
A-League (Soccer)
 
Melbourne’s two teams are Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart. See www.footballaustralia.com.au for details of matches. Most games played in Melbourne are at the AAMI stadium see   www.aamipark.com.au and www.melbournepark.com.au near the MCG which is also home for both teams
 
NETBALL
 
See www.melbournenetball.com or Ph: 0419 887 719 for details of games and teams that are playing.
 
Sport plays a big part in the culture and lifestyle of Melbourne– and if you can have a day at the Races, or take in a cricket match at the MCC, or see one of the AFL teams playing – you are bound to feel the atmosphere that makes Melbourne such a great city.
 
Happy Travelling!
 
Geoff Stuart

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