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West Australian soccer came of age in 2000, when Perth Glory made the National Soccer League grand final. They lost to Wooloongong but the game’s popularity had grown so much, the state government announced the creation of a dedicated soccer stadium.

The more traditional sports obsession for the Westralian winter is Australian Rules Football (AFL), also known as ‘aerial ping-pong’, with local loyalties divided between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles.

Matches are held at Subiaco Oval, Roberts Road, Subiaco (telephone: (08) 9381 2187) or the WACA (see below). In the summer, the sporting focus is on cricket. Western Australia competes at the national level for the Sheffield Shield. Local matches take place at the WACA (West Australian Cricket Association), Nelson Crescent, East Perth (telephone: (08) 9265 7222).

Tickets to AFL and cricket matches are available at the venue on the day or from Ticketmaster (telephone: 136 122). The West Australian newspaper contains match details on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fitness centres

Fitness centres include:

CBD Health Spa

Address: 100 Murray Street
Telephone: (08) 9221 9900

The CBD Health Spa never closes and has a huge gymnasium, fitness classes, spa, sauna and tanning facilities.

Fremantle Leisure Centre

Address: 10 Shuffley Street, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9432 9533)

Has complete gym facilities as well as swimming pools and a hydrotherapy pool.

Golf

Perth is a golfer’s paradise, with a excess of world class public courses, including:

Araluen Country Club

Address: Country Club Avenue, Roleystone
Telephone: (08) 9397 9000
Website address: www.araluencc.com.au

Joondalup Country Club
Address: Country Club Boulevard, Connolly
Telephone: (08) 9400 8888
Website address: www.joondalupresort.com.au

Novotel Vines Resort

Address: Verdelho Drive, The Vines
Telephone: (08) 9297 0222
Website address: www.vines.com.au

Fees for an 18 hole game are approximately A $60 from Monday to Friday and A $80 for Saturdays and Sundays. Many private golf clubs have mutual playing rights with overseas and interstate clubs.

Water Sports

Watersports are a way of life in Perth.

Windsurfing on the Swan River and on Sunset Coast beaches is very popular and boards can be hired from:

Broadway Surf & Sail

Address: 260-262 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Telephone: (08) 9381 1888
Facsimile: (08) 9381 1866
Email address: info@surfsailaustralia.com.au
Website address: www.broadwaysurf.com.au

Jetski enthusiasts can hire them at:

Coogee Beach Jet Ski Hire

Address: Coogee Beach
Telephone: (0418) 556 589.

Perth was synonymous with sailing even before hosting the America’s Cup in 1987, Swan River catamarans can be hired from:

Funcats
Address: Coode Street Jetty, South Perth
Telephone: (0408) 926 003

Yachts can be hired from:

Fremantle Yacht Charters
Address: 7/8 Mews Road, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 3844

Surfing, bodysurfing and scuba diving can be enjoyed all along the Sunset Coast. For information on diving, please contact the Perth Diving Academy (telephone: (08) 9430 6300) or AQWA Adventures (telephone: (08) 9447 7500).

Tennis

Public tennis courts near central Perth include:

Tennis Veterans Centre
Address: 176 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
Telephone: (08) 9328 8128

Leederville Tennis Club
Address: Bourke Street, Leederville
Telephone: (08) 9481 3773

Courts cost A $11 to A $13.50 per hour, depending on the time of day.