Now that we are well and truly in the middle of Spring, it’s time to start shifting our focus from indoor to outdoor recreation, both in sports and entertainment. As we enter the tenth month of the year, we welcome our favourite sporting pastimes including horse racing, basketball, soccer and cricket, as well as other marquee dates on the events calendars.
This year, October definitely started with a bang. On the first day of the new month we had the Western Bulldogs win their first premiership in 62 years in front of 99, 981 screaming fans. The next day we witnessed the Cronulla Sharks win their first ever NRL flag in front of the second-largest rugby league Grand Final crowd in history. The dam wall was broken in the western suburbs of Melbourne and the beachside shires of southern Sydney as fairy tale dreams were realised as cities rejoiced.
Then we took a deep breath, and prepared to reload…
Australian sport never stops. And as soon as we were finished waving goodbye to our traditional football codes, we were ready to welcome another mammoth weekend of motorsport, soccer and basketball.
Bathurst 1000 is undoubtedly the crown in the V8 Supercars Championship schedule, and this year’s instalment definitely didn’t disappoint. In the lead up to the race on Mount Panorama, Sportsnet Holidays catered for racegoers with a range of premium accommodation and travel packages, while Australian Sports Marketing flew V8 diehards to the track on private chartered planes. Those lucky enough to attend witnessed one of the most dramatic races in recent times, with Will Davison crowned king of the mountain for a second time.
Over the same weekend, the NBL pulled the trigger on another big season for Australian basketball. Returning favourites, the Brisbane Bullets ended Round 1 on top of the league standings with two stirring wins, a sight for sore eyes if you’re a Queensland hoops fan. Melbourne United, despite possessing what many believe to be the most talented roster, came up short losing their first two games. With the round’s results providing surprises across the board, season 2016/17 looks set to be evenly matched, especially considering just 8 teams are battling it out for the ultimate prize.
Jumping across codes, the A-League kicked off its long-awaited twelfth season in style. Melbourne Victory managed to again deny themselves victory at the hands of Brisbane Roar, while Melbourne City kicked off their campaign with a win against Wellington Phoenix. Sydney FC re-announced themselves with a resounding performance against the highly touted Wanderers in front of a record crowd at ANZ Stadium, while Newcastle, Adelaide Utd, Perth and Central Coast ended the round on 1 point. With interesting results to reflect upon, this season promised to be another tightly contested fight between 10 teams who all realistically believe they are a chance to win it all.
From A-League to Internationals, soccer fans quickly shifted their focus to Etihad Stadium, where the Socceroos took on Asian giants Japan. In a tense battle, the spoils were shared between the two in front of an impressive crowd of 48,460. It will continue as a busy month for the docklands stadium, who will also host the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix on the 22nd of October.
Down at Phillip Island, the iconic Victorian racetrack will set the scene for the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016. 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 all the die-hards, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation offer the ultimate MotoGP experiences including scenic helicopter flights and pit lane walks across the weekend’s actions.
For those that love to get dressed up, there is no better time than Spring. And for the Victoria, Moonee Valley and Melbourne Racing Clubs October is a full throttle month of marquee race days as each launch their individual carnivals. With premium hospitality and entertainment options offered across all race days, there is no better time for friends, family and clients alike to take in the sunshine and enjoy high quality horse racing.
On the 8th of October Caulfield racecourse hosted the annual Caulfield Guineas Day, and will welcome tens of thousands of patrons to their prized racing meet, Caulfield Cup Day. A week later Moonee Valley will launch their Cox Plate Carnival starting with the Manikato Stakes on the Friday night and William Hill Cox Plate Day on Saturday the 22nd of October. Offering packages including the Pure Pleasure Enclosure and Fields of Omagh Marquee, Moonee Valley have tailored their offerings to a wide audience for another successful racing schedule.
At Flemington, AAMI Victoria Derby Day on the 29th of October will kick off another highly anticipated Melbourne Cup Carnival. From premium private dining experiences to casual marquees on the home straight, Victoria Racing Club have the perfect mix of options for patrons to show off the jewel that is the Flemington Racecourse. The first of four major race days across the carnival, Derby Day sets the perfect scene for A-class fashion, and A-class racing.