February in Australian sport marks the transition between the end of the cricket season and start of the footy season.
There’s plenty of domestic and international cricket action for punters to keep an eye on throughout the month. The Big Bash League comes to a close with the two semi-finals on February 14 and 15 and the grand final on February 17. Australia looks to make a clean sweep of Sri Lanka in the second test at Manuka Oval in Canberra from February 1-5. The national team’s attention will then turn to a two-match T20 series in India on February 24 and 27.
Other summer domestic leagues will continue throughout February, including A-League Soccerand the National Basketball League. In the A-League, title contenders Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory are due to meet February 10, followed by the Melbourne derby between Victory and another finals contender Melbourne City on the 23rd. For Aussie fans of international football, there’ll be plenty of action in all the top European leagues including the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and UEFA Champions League.
For fight fans, UFC comes to Melbourne‘s Rod Laver Arena on February 10. Aussie Robert Whittaker will be seeking to defend his title against American Kelvin Gastelum in the main event.
In the U.S., the Super Bowlwill take place February 4 between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. The NBA and NHL seasons continue, highlighted by the NBA All-Star Game between Team Giannis and Team LeBron in Charlotte on February 18.
The Australian Football League pre-season gets started on February 22 with the one-day AFLX tournament at Marvel Stadium. The organisers have gone for a new format this year, with Nat Fyfe, Jack Riewoldt, Eddie Betts, and Patrick Dangerfield each captaining a team. The JLT pre-season series begins Feb 28 with a match between traditional rivals Carlton and Essendon at IKON Park.
In the National Rugby League, the traditional pre-season opener between the Indigenous All Stars and Maori All Stars is set to take place on unfamiliar territory at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on February 15. Reigning NRL premiers Sydney Roosters fly to the UK for the World Club Challenge against Wigan on February 17. Pre-season trial matches begin February 23.
The 2019 Super Rugby season begins on the weekend of February 15-16 with three of the four Aussie teams in action. The ACT Brumbies host the Melbourne Rebels in their season opener, while the NSW Waratahs host the Wellington Hurricanes. The Queensland Reds begin their campaign a week later with a visit to the Otago Highlanders.
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