Advertisement

The Footy Season's Over: What Do Sports Fans Do Now?

The NRL and AFL seasons came to a spectacular close last weekend, both full of moments of drama, bravery and of course the perfect combination of agony and ecstasy that every sports fan knows so well.

But now it's over, the annual question needs to be asked, what do sports fans do now? Here's just some of the events avid sports fans can look forward to for the rest of 2018.

Soccer:

Just around the corner could be the most exciting season the A-League has ever seen, with top quality players and big names coming to the league from around the world.

Keisuke Honda is coming to Melbourne Victory fresh from a top-level career including stints at clubs such as Italian giants AC Milan and Russian side CSKA Moscow. He'll be joined by 32 year-old forward Ola Toivonen, who has 64 caps and 15 goals for the Swedish national team.

Siem De Jong, a 29 year-old Dutch international is joined by former premier league striker Adam Le Fondre at Sydney FC as they look to recover from their disappointing exit from the finals last season.

And of course, the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt could be joining the A-League if his trial with the Central Coast Mariners is successful. The eight-time Olympic gold medal winner has made attempts to break into the world of top-level soccer before, but has so far been unsuccessful. If he can make it through his trial period with the Mariners, however, we can expect the champion sprinter to make a big splash in Australian soccer.

And while the A-League is gearing up, international games are also being held before the end of the year. Sam Kerr's Matilda's play France tomorrow morning before facing England on Wednesday. They will then host Chile in two matches in November.

Meanwhile, the Socceroo's are gearing up for a clash with Kuwait later this month before they face Lebanon and South Korea in two November friendlies.

READ MORE: Usain Bolt Is The Best Thing To Happen To The A-League In Ages

Cricket:

For Aussie cricket fans this year has been, to put it lightly, a controversial one. The sandpaper scandal in South Africa has dominated Australian Cricket this year, but looking forwards, Australian cricket is starting to look fun again.

Australia is set for two test series against Pakistan and India before the end of the year, as well as a one day series against South Africa.

Meanwhile, the Australian women's side are playing against New Zealand in Canberra tonight before facing England, South Africa and Pakistan next month.

Fans can also look forward to the resumption of the Big Bash League, which is due to start in December. Foreign stars like Brendon McCullum, Joe Root and Jos Buttler will be met by Aussie internationals like Usman Khawaja,  Aaron Finch and Nathan Lyon.

READ MORE: We Are Strangling The Fun Out Of Cricket

Hockey

Australian hockey is ready to go for the start of the season. The Sultan of Johor cup starts tomorrow in Malaysia, with the Kookaburras looking to defend their title against the likes of Great Britain, India and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Australian hockey fans will also be delighted to see the Australian Hockey League get under way tomorrow, with opening day match ups including New South Wales VS Queensland sure to start the season with a bang.

F1 and V8 Supercars:

Away from ball sports, motorsports are rounding out the year in spectacular fashion. Daniel Ricciardo is flying the Australian flag in the Formula 1 and will be hoping to improve on his sixth place standing in the driver's championship before the end of the F1 calendar.

The next race takes place in Japan on Sunday, before races in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and the UAE. Ricciardo is set to leave his current team Red Bull for Renault next season.

And in V8 Supercars, we are in the midst of the famous Bathurst 1000 with another three Supercars installments to come through October and November.

Shane Van Gisbergen will be looking to hold off Scott McLaughlin in the final months of racing to secure the driver's championship.

READ MORE: Buckle Up And Watch These Bathurst Boys Commentate Their Epic Victories

___________________________________________________

Don't miss a minute of The Great Race on Ten and ten daily.

Channel 10 will have live coverage 12 - 5pm Friday, 11.30am - 6pm Saturday, and 7.30am - 6pm Sunday.

And Mount Blogorama will be live here on ten daily on Sunday from 10am until after the chequered flag, brought to you by two men with checkered pasts in the form of sports editor Ant Sharwood and deputy editor Chris Harrison.