One of the best ways to get a feel of Australia’s culture is to check out a professional sporting event. While Australia is a relatively young and small country population wise, one might be surprised to learn that Australia has a strong and well developed sporting culture.
If you find yourself heading down under to Sydney, then attending a local professional sports match should be at the top of the list. With so many teams and sports to choose from, you should have no problem finding a stadium full of cheering Aussies any time of the year.
As a start, here are 4 professional sports teams to keep an eye out for if you are fishing around for an event to attend, and of course, if you’d like some accompaniment to one of these games our gallery of stunningly sporty and sexy Sydney courtesans would be more than happy to cheer with you for the duration then engages in some truly epic post game festivities. :
Sydney Swans – Australian Football
If seeing a sports match is your idea of cultural integration (a good one!), then try and get yourself to a local Aussie Rules Football match. The Sydney Swans are Sydney’s representative in the nationwide Australian Football League (AFL). This game will most likely confuse the hell out of you if you aren’t Australian, but watching it live in a stadium full of beer drinking Australians will be one of the most fun things you can do in Sydney. Most of the Swan’s games are played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Moore Park or the ANZ Stadium. The season runs from the end of March to the end of September.
NSW Waratahs – Rugby Union
There are two codes of rugby in Australia; rugby union and rugby league. While rugby league has a longer standing tradition in New South Wales, there is no doubt that Sydney’s rugby union team, the NSW Waratahs have a big following. Don’t let the name fool you, the Waratahs are more of a Sydney team as most of the other parts of the state mainly watch rugby league (see below). Rugby union would be considered more of a niche sport in Australia but their games are fun and you will get to see world class rugby at an affordable price as the Waratahs are one of the best teams in the greater international Super Rugby tournament. As a bonus, you may even see the Waratahs tee up against a team from South Africa or New Zealand. Most of the games are played at Allianz Stadium in Moore Park and sometimes at ANZ Stadium. Rugby union runs from February to July.
Sydney Roosters – Rugby League
Once you get your appetite going with some rugby union, you should definitely go see a rugby league match when the Sydney roosters play. The first thing you need to realise is that rugby union and rugby league are completely different sports so don’t be surprised when everyone appear to be breaking the rules you learned from watching union. Rugby league is huge in Australia and in Sydney, it is one of the biggest sports. There are nearly ten teams either based in or close to Sydney but the Roosters are one of the more traditional teams. Rugby league games are fun and often involve a lot of drinking and rowdiness, especially when the teams get into a fight. You can catch the excitement at Allianz Stadium.
Sydney FC – Soccer
The launch of the A-league in 2004 was a slow one but in the past couple of years, soccer has really picked up steam in Australia and having already won two championships, they are one of the better teams to watch. Sydney FC games are great for any demographic as they have a more family friendly vibe. You can watch their games October to May and their matches are played at Allianz Stadium.