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Check out the interclub action at the impressive
new WA Athletics Stadium in Stephenson Ave,
Mt Claremont every Friday night.
The 10,000-capacity venue sports a Mondo
surface track, the same used at the world's top
Olympic venues, and will host the WA State
Championships in late March. Every placegetter
at the championships wins automatic entry into
he Australian Championships at the same venue
n April, the first time in 22 years the event will
have been held in Perth.
WA State Athletics Championships, March 26-
28, Mt Claremont. Call (08) 6272 0480 or
waathletics.org.au for more details.
Perth Heat hit the diamond determined to defend
heir Claxton Shield title, taking on rival state
eams Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia
Perth Heat v SA Bite, December 4, 5; v NSW
Patriots, January 15, 16, 2010. All games at
Baseball Park, Canning Vale.
See perthheat.baseball.com.au for more.
don't like cricket, I love it! Can the Aussies
bounce back from Ashes defeat to roll the
Windies, headed by master blaster Chris Gayle?
How will the Western Warriors fare in the
domestic series? And can the state women's side,
he Western Fury, claim bragging rights in the
Women's National Cricket League?
To find out, grab your hat and head down to
he WACA Ground over the long, hot summer to
see cricket at its best.
Australia v West Indies, Third Test
Beginning Wednesday, December 16 at the
Australia v Pakistan, day-night match Friday
January 29, 2010.
Sheffield Shield: Western Warriors v South
Australia, February 8 - 11, 2010.
KFC Twenty20 Big Bash: Western Warriors:
v SA Tuesday December 29; v NSW, Tuesday
January 5 2010; v Victoria, Sunday January 10.
Western Fury: v NSW, Saturday January 9,
2010; v Queensland, Sunday January 17; v
Queensland, Monday January 18.
For more information, call (08) 9265 7222 or see
Busselton Ironman, December 5
See ironmanwa.com for details.
The Western Force are back to have a crack at
what will be the last Super 14 trophy (the competi-
tion is expanding to 15 teams, with the addition of
Melbourne from 2011), this time from a new home
at the rectangular rugby-friendly ME Bank Stadium
(formerly known as Members Equity Stadium).
Former Force star Matt Giteau will be assured
of a hot welcome when he turns out for the
Brumbies against the Force in the opening fixture
on Friday, February 12, but the WA side will be
out to prove they don't need Giteau with the
powerful creative pairing of star Springbok recruit
Andre Pretorius and teenage sensation James
Investec Super 14, from February 12, ME Bank
See rugbywa.com for fixture details and the latest
Western Force news.
The Doctor -- Surf Ski World Cup from Rottnest
to Scarborough (23km) and Freo to City Beach
(15km) in January.
Thousands will tackle the 19.7km swim from
Cottesloe Beach to Thomson Bay on Rotto.
Rottnest Island Swim, Saturday February 20, 2010.
Hopman Cup -- Watch the world's best men and
women players team up for the unique, Interna-
tional Tennis Federation-sanctioned Hopman Cup
XXII under the Burswood Dome.
Can the Aussie pairing of Lleyton Hewitt and
Sam Stosur lift the trophy (and those incred-
ible diamond-studded tennis balls) for the first
time for the host nation since Hopman Cup XI in
1999 when Jelena Dokic and Mark Philippoussis
were champions? The event will see the debut
of American teenage sensation Melanie Oudin,
tipped to be a top-10 player. She'll team up with
big serving John Isner to represent the US.
Hyundai Hopman Cup, January 3 - 9, Burswood
Dome. See hopmancup.com for more info.
More top tennis...
Mt Lawley Tennis Classic, Mt Lawley Tennis Club,
Central Ave, December 26 - 30 2009.
The action is fast, furious and demanding -- and
that's only what you see ON the surface. Water
polo is one of the most physically demand-
ing sports going and nationally Perth punches
well above its weight in the men's and women's
leagues. Some of the world's best teams will also
be heading to Perth for the Tom Hoad Cup at
Bicton starting Boxing Day.
December 7 - 11 Indian Rim Asian University
December 12 Perth A Grade Grand Finals,
December 26 - 30 Tom Hoad Cup, Bicton
January 19 - 24 Australian 18 & Under Champi-
February 27 - 28 WA Country Championships,
The Perth Wildcats are in full swing in the new-
look National Basketball League but let's not
forget about our state women's side, the Lynx.
The Lynx play their last match at the old
Perry Lakes Stadium on December 12 but then
it will be a whole new ball game when they
move into the brand new, state-of-the-art State
Basketball Stadium in January to take on their
Women's National Basketball League rivals.
The Lynx have brought in added firepower
from the home of basketball, with American
imports Danielle Campbell and Takis Starkis on
the playing roster on the season.
Lynx v Canberra Capitals, Saturday December
12, Perry Lakes, 7.30pm; v Adelaide Friday
January 15, 2010 WA Basketball Centre, 7.30pm;
v Dandenong Rangers, Friday January 22, WA
Basketball Centre, 7.30pm; v Townsville Fire,
Sunday January 31, WA Basketball Centre, 6pm.
For more details, see wnbl.com.au.
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