As the sun sets on another AFL and NRL season, it's time to really launch into Spring... and nothing screams Spring more than horse racing. With the William Hill Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup Carnival set to take over the city of Melbourne, we can expect another season of fashion and festivities. Around the country, we also reign in the next instalment of Australian basketball and soccer, as well as a couple of our favourite marquee events. TIXSTAR takes a look at another jam-packed month of sport and entertainment, all at your fingertips.
A-League and NBL Season 2016/17 Commences
After an exciting season of basketball in 2015/16, the NBL continued its rise to prominence in Australian sport. The Perth Wildcats finished as champions, with the New Zealand Breakers falling just short. Melbourne United made the playoffs for the first time, and we said goodbye to the Townsville Crocs. This season, we welcome back the Brisbane Bullets who will be fighting seven other teams for the big prize. How will this season pan out?
In the 11th season of the A-League, it was Adelaide United who won their first ever title against the Western Sydney Wanderers. In a topsy-turvy season, the Reds climbed from the bottom to finish minor premiers while finals regulars Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC did the opposite. This year, the talk of the competition has been Melbourne City, who signed our greatest ever Socceroo Tim Cahill. They will go in one of the favourites, but which team will prove the surprise packet? Can Wellington Phoenix climb back up the ladder after securing talent from rival clubs? Or will it be familiar faces returning to former glory? Only time will tell...
All Roads Lead to Mount Panorama - Bathurst 1000
The Bathurst 1000 or ‘The Great Race’ is considered by many as the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia, and has a rich history behind it. The winner of the race is awarded the Peter Brock Trophy, which was introduced in 2006 to commemorate the death of the most successful driver in the races’ history, Peter Brock, who won the race a staggering nine times.
Held at Mount Panorama over four days, Bathurst is a mixture of excitement, entertainment, food and beverages, and of course the reason you come to Bathurst, V8 Supercar Racing. There is nothing quite like the roar of the V8’s as they come around the final corner for the home straight at Mount Panorama.
Who will be crowned king of the mountain in 2016?
Australia take on the giants of Asia - Socceroos v Japan, Etihad Stadium
It might not be anywhere near the oldest, but the Socceroos rivalry with Japan is one of the truly great rivalries in Australian sport. Built brick-by-brick over the past decade, these are guaranteed epic encounters that’ve defined the football fortunes of two of the Asian Football Confederation’s powerhouse nations.
On October 11, 2016 the Socceroos and Samurai Blue will write the next chapter in this enthralling rivalry at Etihad Stadium. The fourth match of the final stage of World Cup qualification, the encounter will be be pivotal for both nations if they wish to book their seat on the plane to Russia. Given what we've seen, the match is guaranteed to be tense, dramatic and of a high standard.
Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016
On October 21, all roads lead to the iconic Phillip Island track for the 2016 Australian MotoGP. A key date on the Australian motorsport calendar, this race is sure to provide excitement and adrenaline with a picturesque background for all racegoers to enjoy.
For the ultimate 2016 Australian MotoGP experience, check out the exclusive Champions Club over the 3 days and also includes a scenic helicopter flight on the Sunday and a Pit Lane walk for the Friday and Saturday. With views all the way from the Southern Loop to Siberia, Champions Club is in the prime position for you to take in the thrilling race. With beautiful Bass Strait as your backdrop, you’ll be spoilt for action as riders sweep through the high speed Stoner Corner, before braking hard for the hairpin at Turn 4.
2016 William Hill Cox Plate Carnival
Kicking off with the Manikato Stakes on the 21st of October, the William Hill Cox Plate will be in full swing at the Moonee Valley Racecourse this spring. The unique racecourse offers a little bit of everything for racegoers, located in the heart of the north-western metropolitan area. If it's night racing your after, the Stakes will be your best bet, a memorable evening guaranteed.
The next day on October 22nd, the 96th W.S. Cox Plate will be held for the prize of $3,050,000, the third richest race in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup. Past winners of the iconic race include: Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Rising Fast, Dulcify, Gunsynd, Super Impose, Octagonal, Might and Power, Sunline, Northerly and more recently champion mare Makybe Diva, and So You Think.
Hallowine Part II - Dreamscapes
Amid the darkness of the Mitchelton cellars, the Daring and the Brave will relinquish their conscious state as reality scatters and a world of fantasy awaits. Join the Hallowine illuminanti
You will drink from a golden goblet and graze on local fare. Entertainment abound, surprises everywhere.
Dazed, crazed, decadent attire required.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Considered by many to be the most prestigious day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, AAMI Victoria Derby Day embodies a world of glamour and sophistication – only to be matched by an impressive day of all black type races.
All the action and excitement starts with four races at the elite Group 1 level. The feature race of the day is the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby, the time-honoured classic staying test for three-year-olds which has been won in the past by the greats of the sport, including Poseidon, Tulloch, Mahogany, Efficient, and the immortal Phar Lap. Supporting this great race is the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes which will see the three-year-olds burn up the turf over 1200m and the Group 3 Lexus Stakes , which marks as the last opportunity for horses to win their way into the final field for the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The fashion stakes are equally high with the start of the Myer Fashions on the Field competition for women and men. This is the day for classic elegance, and sets the pace for the entire week.