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Top 5 Sports Played in Western Australia
Sport is an important part of Australia that dates to the early stages of our nation’s origins. Cricket, Australian rules football, rugby league, rugby union, soccer and tennis are among the earliest organised sports in Australia, which have helped shape the Australian national identity through events such as the Ashes, the Melbourne Cup and the America's Cup.
Australian Rules Football
Australian rules football is also known as Australian football or Aussie rules is a sport played between two teams of eighteen players. Points are scored by kicking the ball between the middle goal posts. The "home" of Australian rules football in Perth is Perth Stadium, commercially known as Optus Stadium. There is also a local West Australian Football League (WAFL) with nine clubs representing metropolitan regions of Perth. Australian rules football is the most popular football code in Western Australia with over 1,030,000 spectators attending WAFL and AFL matches in 2004. Western Australia has a proud history in interstate football, having a successful historical record and winning three Australian Championships and a State of Origin Carnival Championship, in the State of Origin era.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each batter (so they are "out"). Cricket is one of the most popular sports in Western Australia. The governing body of the game in WA is the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA). Western Australia is represented at Sheffield Shield and domestic one-day level by the Western Warriors, and in the Big Bash League by the Perth Scorchers. The WACA also hosts international Test and One Day International cricket matches. The Western Fury represent WA in the Women's National Cricket League.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball. Western Australia's number one basketball team is the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League. The Wildcats' sister team is the Perth Lynx of the Women's National Basketball League. Western Australia also has a second-tier basketball league, the State Basketball League, with teams located in Perth, Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.
Field hockey is a widely played team sport of the hockey family. The game can be played on grass, watered turf, artificial turf or synthetic field, as well as an indoor boarded surface. Each team plays with ten field players and a goalkeeper.
Perth has a strong regional field hockey competition. There are many field hockey clubs for children, men, women and veterans. Western Australia contributes significantly to the national Australian men's and ladies' hockey teams which have both been winners of Olympic Gold Medals.
The Australian Institute of Sport hockey unit has been based in Perth since 1984, when it was the first sport to be decentralised.
The 6,000 seat Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin University is the premier hockey venue in the state and is the home of state teams Perth Thundersticks and the WA Diamonds.
Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Netball is most popular in many Commonwealth nations, specifically in schools, and is predominantly played by women. Netball is the highest female participation sport in females in Western Australia, with more than 150,000 participants. West Coast Fever plays in the National Netball League and is the premier netball team in WA. Their home court is Perth Arena.
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