Sport in Australia

Australian rules football 
Always known as 'Aussie rules', this game is unique in the world. It's played by teams of 18 players on an oval field with an oval ball, like a rugby ball. Unlike normal football or rugby, however, the ball can be passed in a variety of ways: kicked, hit with the hand, bounced, and carried! It's a fast, skillful, and often a rough game. To score a goal, the ball must be kicked through goalposts at the side of the center of the field. Melbourne is the center of Aussie rules, and matches regularly attract crowds of over 50.000. 

Cricket 
International cricket matches are played every summer in Australia, and Melbourne has the biggest cricket ground in the world. Cricket is played by teams of 11 players. The player from one team bowls the ball to a player from the other team, who tries to hit the ball and run between the two sets of stumps before the other team can return the ball. The Australian team is one of the best in the world and has a long-running competition with England known as The Ashes because Australia's victory over England in London in 1882 was considered to be the death of English cricket. 

Sailing 
Australia is a favorite destination for fans of all kinds of sailing. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race takes place each year over the Christmas and New Year period and is one of the world's most exciting and challenging races. On Boxing Day, 26 December, the yachts leave Sydney Harbour, accompanied by boats of all shapes and sizes in a carnival atmosphere. They hope to arrive in Hobart, Tasmania around New Year's Day to a Mardi Gras party.

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