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Friday, December 15th, 2017

Wanna play korfball and netball in Australia?

Making the move to study in Australia is an exciting event and can be quite overwhelming at times. Though you’ll likely be meeting several new friends within your program, another great way to meet people and keep fit is through sport!

Korfball and netball in Australia

Thinking of joining a sports team?

Australia is home to some really great athletic options that haven’t shared the same popularity in Canada. Korfball is a fast-paced and dynamic game that is the only truly co-gendered team sport in the world. It originated in the Netherlands in 1902 and made its way to Australia in 1978. It shares similarities with sports like basketball, handball, and netball (another great sport that is a bit more unknown in Canada)!

The origins of the game come from a school teacher who wanted to encourage playing together on equal terms for both boys and girls, focusing on teamwork and cooperation. A team is made up of eight players, half male and half female. Players are only able to defend individuals of the same gender; this allows for the game to be fast paced and not strength dominated. Though the rules of the game are difficult to explain, once you start playing, it all makes sense! I’d encourage you to sign up for a taster session to give it a try!

Alternatively, for the female crowd, check out netball. Netball emerged from early versions of basketball and was a female-only game, but now there are also men’s-only leagues available. This sport is made up of teams of seven. The sport became an International Olympic Committee recognised sport in 1995, but has yet to be played in the Olympics.

For both sports, the objective is to outscore the opposition.

Many universities offer social sports leagues, which are the perfect opportunity to try out something new, or to get back into a sport you haven’t played in a while. I can say firsthand that the friends I’ve made through sports teams are still individuals that I’m in touch with today! Even if you’re not interested in playing, I’d suggest looking into catching a game!

For further information, check out the links below. Social netball leagues are offered at most universities and korfball leagues are available in major cities.

Korfball Australia: https://korfball.org.au/

Netball Australia: http://netball.com.au/

University of Sydney Netball (Social League): https://www.susf.com.au/shop/item/social-netball-competition

University of Melbourne Netball: http://www.sport.unimelb.edu.au/Netball

University of Queensland Social Outdoor Netball: https://uqsport.com.au/content/social-outdoor-netball

James Cook University Netball (Social): https://www.jcusa.edu.au/tsv-sport/social-sport/

Griffith University Netball Club: https://www.griffith.edu.au/sport/play-sport/sport-clubs/netball-club

University of Western Australia Netball (Social Clubs also available): http://www.sport.uwa.edu.au/competitive-sport/clubs/netball

Monash University Netball: https://www.monash.edu/sport/social-sport/rules/netball

Introduction to netball video: http://netball.com.au/our-game/what-is-netball/

Introduction to Korfball video: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3512691.htm

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Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Heading to Australia? Be sure to check out the sports scene!

Most of you may not know Matthew, so let us introduce you!

OzTREKK Matthew Moxley

OzTREKK Admissions Officer Matthew Moxley

Matthew Moxley is a behind-the-scenes OzTREKK admissions officer who tackles a million Australian dental school applications every day. Okay, maybe not a million, but close. If a uni is dragging its feet on a student’s application outcome, you can bet Matthew is the first one to find out what’s going on! Are you missing any documents for your app? Did you forget to sign an acceptance? How many universities have you applied to, anyway? Matthew will know!

Besides the “usual” Great Ocean Road tour and Great Barrier Reef dive, what else can you do during your time in Australia? We asked Matthew what he would do if he were to visit Oz.

Take it away, Matthew!

I thought I would share with you some of my ideas of things to check out when you first arrive to Australia. I am still relatively new to the OzTREKK team so I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Australia just yet, (but I’m headed there this fall!). You students and your applications keep me freakin’ busy! 🙂

So, like many of you, when I do visit, it will be my very first time! I thought long and hard about what I would want to do first and came to the manly-man conclusion: Sports!

I have heard about some exciting trips and adventures from our OzTREKK team. They love to make a brotha’ jealous. Being a huge sports fan, one event that certainly caught my interest was checking out an Australian Rules football match. This would certainly be high up on my to-do list! Experiencing a new sport firsthand is always exciting and I am so curious to see how Australian sports fans compare to Canadian sports fans.

Of course, I can’t stop there. If the timing was right and I was in Melbourne, I’d probably try to check out the Australian Open tennis tournament. While the sport is not specific to Australia, there is no tennis tournament that size in Canada where the “best of the best” play. I’d also love to make my father insanely jealous as he has turned into a huge tennis fan during his retirement!

Heading to Australia? Be sure to check out the sports scene!

If you can, attend the Australian Open!

So, if you’re like me and enjoy sports and are going to Australia for the first time, check out these events. If you don’t like sports, then you’re out of luck! Kidding! There is so much stuff to do and experience that you’ll probably forget that you’re there for school. But don’t do that. School is important. Or so my mother told me.

As always, we are here to help! If you have any questions, concerns, thoughts, or whatever, send over an email, give us a call, or send a courier pigeon. It’s our goal to make your transition to studying in Australia as seamless and stress free as possible.

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