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2015 A-League Grand Final AAMI Park panorama | ©Paladisious/WikimediaCommons
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Five Teams You Should Watch In Melbourne

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Updated: 6 September 2016
Melbourne is a sports-crazed city where there are numerous codes of football and other team sports to watch throughout the year. During the winter months, Melbournians rug up with scarves and beanies in support of rugby, netball, and AFL teams, while in the summer soccer takes center stage. On any given weekend fans can flock with their mates to AAMI Park, the Etihad Stadium or the MCG to see bitter rivalries and memorable moments played out. No matter whether you’re an avid sports fan or novice supporter, a trip to Melbourne isn’t complete without watching one of the city’s brilliant teams.
2015 A-League Grand Final AAMI Park panorama
2015 A-League Grand Final AAMI Park panorama | ©Paladisious/WikimediaCommons
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Rugby – Melbourne Storm

March – October

Melbourne Storm became the first fully professional rugby league team in Victoria after they entered the National Rugby League in 1998. Initially formed during the Super League war in 1997, it was CEOs Chris Johns and John Ribot who decided on the name Melbourne Storm, although Melbourne Mavericks was preferred by club officials. The team’s colours are purple, navy, gold and white and their club song, ‘We Are The Storm,’ is sung after a home game win. Since 2010 the team’s home games are played at AAMI Park, which are regularly attended by notable fans including Molly Meldrum, Socceroo Archie Thompson, Peter Helliar, Dave Hughes and Julia Gillard. The team has won two premierships, in 1999 and 2010, and their biggest rivals include St. George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the New Zealand Warriors. Currently, Storm are led by coach Craig Bellamy and captain Cameron Smith.

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Netball – Melbourne Vixens

April – July

Formed in 2007, the Melbourne Vixens are a Melbourne-based, Australian netball team that compete in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. Led by coach Simone McKinnis and team captain Madison Robinson, the Vixens train at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Parkville, while home games are played at Hisense Arena. Their team’s colours are green, crimson, black and navy and in 2009 the team wrote their own theme song as a team building exercise. The Vixens won the ANZ Championships in 2009 and 2014.

Soccer – Melbourne Victory

October – April

For 11 years Melbourne Victory have competed in the Australian A-League and in that time they have won three A-League Championships, three A-League Premierships, one Pre-Season Challenge Cup and one FFA Cup, becoming the only soccer club to take home all four Australian football trophies. Originally based at Olympic Park Stadium, the club now splits their time between Etihad and AAMI Park. Victory’s colours are navy blue, silver and white and their uniforms are recognised by the ‘Big V.’ Led by head coach Kevin Muscat and captain Carl Valeri, Victory begin their games with the song ‘Stand by Me‘ by Ben E. King, while home wins are celebrated with the anthems ‘Victory the Brave’ or ‘Horses‘ by Daryl Braithwaite. The team have competed in five AFC Championship Leagues and have regularly set attendance and membership records, boasting one of the largest fan bases in Australia.

Archie Thompson with Melbourne Victory FC, 2012
Archie Thompson with Melbourne Victory FC, 2012 | © Camw/WikimediaCommons

Soccer – Melbourne City

October – April

Melbourne’s second A-League soccer club was founded in 2009 as Melbourne Heart. In January 2014, the club was rebranded and renamed Melbourne City; however, controversy still surrounds the transition, with many fans unhappy about the abandonment of the clubs original colours white and red. Today, MCFC play in white uniforms with sky blue and navy details, while their away jerseys are red and white. Steered by head coach John van ‘t Schip, Melbourne City train at the City Football Academy, based at La Trobe University, while home games are played at AAMI Park. Their biggest rivals are Melbourne Victory.

David Vranković with Melbourne Heart FC against Wanderers FC, 2012
David Vranković with Melbourne Heart FC against Wanderers FC, 2012 | © Petrija/WikipediaCommons

AFL – Melbourne Football Club

March – September

Founded on the 14th of May 1859, the Melbourne Football Club ‘is the world’s oldest professional club of any football code.’ Nicknamed the Demons, the club was formed as a way to keep cricketers fit during winter and can be traced to a letter written in 1858 by Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team. The team have won 12 VFL/AFL premierships, most recently in 1964, and among the club’s legends are Ron Barassi, Don Cordner, Ian Ridley, Norm Smith, Ivor Warne-Smith. The team’s colours are navy and red; their mascot is Ronald ‘Dee’ Man, and their official club song is ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag.’ Demon fans include Hamish Blake, Baz Luhrmann and Paul Kelly. Currently, the team are headed by coach Simon Goodwin and captain Nathan Jones and their home stadium is the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.