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Sports makes life active, fun, and challenging, making it so popular all over the world. For sports fanatics, there's nothing like watching live sports, as the event turns into a community-shared experience full of fun and excitement. The same is true for Australian sports enthusiasts. In the land Down Under, the most popular sports include swimming, cycling, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, basketball, Aussie Rules, tennis, and cricket.
Upcoming Aussie Tournaments For Sports Fans
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are restricted from attending live sporting events. Cheering and watching their favourite teams shifted from stadiums to at-home viewing via live streaming. Australians also experienced this shift, not only in sports watching but also in sports gambling. Some Aussies who like betting may find it difficult to find alternatives. However, venues like Betway provide sport betting odds so you know the teams to watch this season.
If you're curious of which ones, check out these Aussie sports tournaments to watch this season.
1. Australian Swimming Championships
The 2021 Australian Swimming Championships just opened. Australia has been checking how swimmers have progressed due to COVID-19 in the summer. Fans were able to watch via live streaming, though.
Swim fans saw how Cate Campbell won the championship by one-tenth of a second against Emma McKeon, claiming the victory in the women's 50 free final. Campbell clocked her best time at 24.11, ranking her second in the world this 2021 season. Still, McKeon's best stands at 24.17, the world's third fastest time this year. For the men's division, Kyle Chalmers won at 22.30.
2. NRL Men and Women Finals
In September, the National Rugby League or NRL men and women will have the finals on the same dates and schedules. This sport reflects gender balance on the most-awaited days in Aussie domestic sport. Aussie fans can tune in to Channel 9 and their sports cable channel for details.
Here's how to make NRL viewing a lot more exciting:
- NRL Tipping: Go old school. Organise your family, friends, and colleagues to have a friendly NRL tipping competition. It's free to play with great prizes. Participants can even take on the NRL men's such as Brett Kimmorley, Robbie Farah, Steve Renouf, Jamie Soward, and Zac Bailey. For the NRL women's division, they can focus on Mary Konstantopoulos.
- NRL Pick'Em Weekly 4: Participants get to win $100,000. Select the winners and margins on every round. Every week, the NRL Pick'Em players who obtain all four nominated games right will share the prize. If there's no outright winner, the $5,000 prize will be awarded to the highest-performing tipster.
3. AFL Grand Final
The most sought-after winner-takes-all climax for the Australian Football League (AFL) goes back to a daytime slot after a night final at the MCG in Brisbane. The league grand final would start at 2.30pm (AEST) on September 25. The sports event is hoping for a 100,000 capacity of attendees.
The 2020 Grand Finals were successful. The state of Queensland is rewarded for their preparedness, allowing the continuation of the home-and-away season when other states closed their borders.
Gillon McLachlan, AFL CEO, and the AFL Commission had always intended to return the AFL 2021 Grand Finals match to a daytime schedule, acknowledging the fans who like day game rituals when determining the AFL season's premier team.
4. Formula One Grand Prix
The much-awaited Formula One Grand Prix was cancelled in 2020. In November, though, the racing event will be held in Albert Park, fitting the international program. Fans can watch Formula One by heading to the Mornington Peninsula or Great Ocean Road.
5. Australian Open
Fans can go back to this year's Australian Open to watch Novak Djokovic, hitting the reset button on his return to the court where he had won eight titles. Despite seriously hitting himself that caused some muscle tear in the third-round match against Taylor Fritz, Djokovic's injury became the major talking point of the tennis tournament, in a way creating history.
Goran Ivanisevic, Djokovic's coach, said he needed this victory because he was going through a lot after last year, during the US Open and an unsatisfactory final at Roland Garros. If Djokovic had lost in Melbourne, then he would have stayed three majors behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, with Nadal's favoured French Open in June. Djokovic needed to simply tie the record by winning at least three majors.
And his Australian Open win puts Djokovic closer than ever. Because he's the youngest of the trio, this ninth Australian Open title serves as the catalyst to attain the record-breaking feat. He's forever thankful for winning in Melbourne, one of the most unexpected events of his tennis career.
Aussie fans love these sports tournaments. Fans can still witness these tournaments online, keeping entertained by trying to predict the outcome of the tournaments. Indeed, sports provide a combination of excitement and living the Aussie culture. Despite the restrictions and regulations to contain the spread of the pandemic, fans can still follow their favourite sports and teams while keeping safe.
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