When it comes to sport, there are few cities more passionate that Canberra.
Home-grown internationals from Australian rugby league and rugby union, Ricky Stuart and Steve Larkham, coach the Raiders and Brumbies in Canberra and while they may have a tough gig nationally, there’s no respite for them at home either.
Canberra crowd favouritism swings from season to season between the two codes, but the Viking clap is nurturing a cult following for the Raiders.
World Cup-winning and inaugural Brumbies coach Rod Macqueen gave the ACT side a solid launching pad. The Brumbies train at the University of Canberra and play at Canberra Stadium at Bruce. Larkham will be Wallabies assistant coach in 2018. Queanbeyan-born Ricky Stuart and the Raiders have their home at Canberra Stadium too.
Female athletes are at the top of their game in Canberra. The Abode Hotels ACT Meteors, based at Manuka Oval, compete in the Women’s National Cricket League and are well represented in teams in the Women’s Big Bash League. Abode Hotels sponsors the Meteors, a boost for those players who travel from outside the national capital.
In top-division women’s soccer, former Matildas assistant coach Heather Garriock will coach Canberra United in Season 10 in the Westfield W-League. Canberra United’s home ground is McKellar Park, and Season 10 kicks off in October. The grand final is in February.
Canberra Capitals, home of global superstar Lauren Jackson, play in the Women’s National Basketball league under head coach Paul Goriss. Home games are due to move to a 1700-seat venue at the National Convention Centre, Civic, in October.
Australian rules football club, the Greater Western Sydney Giants, play four games at Manuka Oval each season and want to develop the oval precinct and code in the national capital.
In cricket, the Prime Minister’s XI take on England in the Prime Minister’s T20 match in Canberra on February 2. This will be an edge-of-your-seat event because the shortest format of the game delivers big hits, big wickets and exciting finishes.
The Canberra Lakers (men) and Strikers (women) represent the ACT in the annual Australian Hockey League competition, the pinnacle of Australian domestic hockey where the best players from each state compete in a round-robin tournament. The 2017 competition will be held from September 28 to October 8 in Perth.
Canberra Brave contest the Australian Ice Hockey League, an eight-team competition from March to August, and play their home games on Saturdays and Sundays at the Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre.
In the Australian Baseball League, Canberra Cavalry created Australian baseball history in 2013 when the team won the Asian series. The team is based at Narrabundah Ballpark and play in the Australian Baseball League from November to February.
Our top sporting event picks for November:
2017 tab.com.au Melbourne Cup Race Day
7 November, Thoroughbred Park
For more information, head to www.thoroughbredpark.com.au
Rugby League World Cup
3 November: Australia v France
10 November: Fiji v Euro
For more information, head to www.rlwc2017.com
2017/18 Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series
19 November: Second T20, Australia v England
21 November: Third T20, Australia v England
For more information, head to www.cricket.com.au
Women’s National Basketball League
4 November: University of Canberra Capitals v Sydney University
For more information, head to www.wnbl.com.au/uc-capitals
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