How To Fill The Live Sport Void In February
Australia is a sport-loving nation. But we've entered that weird period of the year where there's a lull in live action.
February is not the busiest month on the sporting calendar. So where should we go for our sports fix?
There's still plenty of live sport going on across the country, so here's our guide.
Things are getting interesting at the pointy end of the A-League. While the top six have cleared out from the pack, it's still anyone's guess as to which teams are the real deal in this unpredictable season.
There's action galore each weekend while you wait for the oval ball action. Then again, if you love football, you're probably not waiting for oval ball action, are you?
Hockey Pro League
A new phase in world hockey has arrived, and Australia has a chance to have a front row seat.
The inaugural Pro League series has begun, seeing nine men's and women's international teams compete around the world.
Tasmania, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will all have the chance to watch the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos do their thing over the next month.
The teams will compete in a round-robin tournament before the top four will advance to the finals later in the year -- and earn a qualification spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Cup of Nations
Forget about the Socceroos and their disastrous Asian Cup campaign -- it's all about the Matildas now.
The women's team will be taking on Argentina, the Korea Republic and New Zealand in a round-robin style event from February 28 in the Cup of Nations.
The teams will travel to Kogarah's Jubilee Stadium in Sydney, then to Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium and will finish at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
This tournament will be the Matilda's chance to fine-tune the team before the World Cup in France, which is just months away.
Golf lovers out there, it's time to hit the greens.
The PGA Tour of Australia beings on February 7 in Barwon Heads, Victoria, before making its way to Perth and Toowoomba, Queensland, over the next month.
Did we say the footy season hasn't started? Obviously we refer to what we think of traditionally as the March to September oval ball season.
But of course, AFL Women's is here, and here's a great piece you can read to get you excited.
International Whitewater Festival
For the thrill seekers out there, we have something for you in the form of canoe slalom and freestyle slaloms.
The Sydney International Whitewater Festival begins on February 15 at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.
It will be the sport's biggest international event in the Asia Pacific since the 2000 Olympic Games (that were also held at Penrith Whitewater Stadium).
More than 350 paddlers from 30 countries will be competing, including World Champion Aussie Jessica Fox, who won the country's hearts with two Olympic medals in London and Rio de Janeiro.
World Cup Gymnastics
The best artistic gymnasts in the world will be descending on Melbourne for the 2019 World Cup.
For the first time, the World Cup will count towards Olympic qualifications.
Under the new tournament configuration under the International Gymnastics Federation, Melbourne has played host as a stop for the Individual Apparatus World Cup for the 2017-2020 Olympic Circuit.
This year's event will feature the best of the best of all artistic apparatuses in the men and women categories.
For the revheads out there, Adelaide will be hosting the Superloop 500.
Over four days between February 28 and March 3, the streets of Adelaide will become a racetrack and the air filled with the smell of burning tyres and fumes.
It's not just the Supercars hitting the road -- vintage Aussie muscle cars, Audi Sport R8's, Porsche Carrera's, Superutes and the next generation of drivers in the Dunlop Super2 Series will all be racing as well.
Six Day Series
The best cyclists in the world will compete in the gruelling Six Day style of racing in Melbourne between February 7 and 9.
Despite its name it only goes for the three days but is competed in the style for Six Day event.
Here's how it works.
Sixteen teams of two compete in five disciplines over varying distances - including time trials, points races, elimination races and Madisons sets.
The team with the highest number of points after the final race wins. Simple!
So don't see the next few weeks as an abyss where you have to try and reconnect with friends and family. There is still plenty of sport out there to save you from all that.