There is so much on the menu for punters in the month of March that it is difficult to decide where to begin.
We will start with Thoroughbred racing.
March has autumn carnival action galore. Everywhere you look, there are top quality races beginning with the first weekend of the month until the last.
Flemington will be in the spotlight March 7 for the Group 1 Australian Cup and the prestigious Newmarket Handicap. That same day will feature to Group 2 and two Group 3 races.
New South Wales is in on the act as well. Randwick will have the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and the Canterbury Stakes, along with three Group 2s and two Group 3s.
The following weekend….well, you get the idea. The entire month is crammed with top horses, top trainers and top jockeys. The second half of the month belongs to Rosehill, where nine Group 1s and more Group 2 and Group 3 races will require more than one stick to shake at.
March will see the launch of the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition and the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition. It feels like eons since we have had some proper footy and the NRL will get things going in the middle of the month, with the AFL not far behind.
Can Richmond win the AFL Premiership for the third time in the last four seasons? Can Brisbane break through and win a finals game? Can GWS return and atone for last year’s Grand Final humiliation?
Those are just a few of the hundreds of compelling storylines the top class of Australian Rules will offer in 2020.
The NRL offers similar storylines, as the Sydney Roosters look to maintain their dominance, but all early indications are that 2020 will be another tight fixture in the 13-man code.
The Super League is in full swing, as are its counterparts around the world. This year’s Six Nations tournament will start with Ireland versus Italy and England versus Wales on March 7.
Basketball fans have the NBL finals on the March calendar and Australia is home to millions of NBA fans who love the game and enjoy seeing it played at the top level. The NCAA will also showcase the best of the best with its March Madness spectacle, where future NBA and NBL stars will be found on their tough journeys to the professional ranks.
Australia will conclude it short format cricket series with South Africa in March and then tour New Zealand for three ODIs. There will also be plenty of domestic cricket of every grade.
We can rightly be accused of overlooking soccer, but soccer fans have a huge selection of fixtures coming in March. The A-League domestically will be one source, while Premier League might be the preference of those who want to see the game’s biggest stars in action.
Frankly, we could devote this entire article to domestic and international soccer and barely scratch the surface. One of the bookmakers we checked with has 15 sub-categories of soccer, just to make it easier on the punters.
We want to give a quick mention to the exploding code of eSports. This is a global phenomenon with teams from around the world competing in packed arenas for digital supremacy, along with millions and millions of dollars in prizemoney at the professional levels.
For those whose tastes wander beyond the mainstream, one visit to one of the many fine online bookmakers will find wagering markets for all manner of sports and games.
We must mention, before we forget, that the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne kicks off the 2020 F1 Championship and while most observers expect Mercedes and Ferrari to dominate as they have in recent years, the other teams are making strides. The Grand Prix runs from March 12 to March 15 and will give spectators to see the world’s fastest cars and drivers in action.
March is one of the best months of the year for sports and racing fans. It might be necessary to enlist the services of one of those fancy digital assistants to keep it all organised.