GRAND FINAL WEEKEND

 

 

 

The stage is set.

Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers meet in what should be a Grand Final to remember. Adelaide’s confidence would have sky-rocketed after their 4-1 win over Melbourne City. Although the Wanderer’s valiant come back from 3-0 down to win 5-4 against Brisbane, would definitely be something Adelaide need to consider if they are to adequately prepare against a side that can turn the tides of a match in the face of even the toughest of winds.

Kick off is on Sunday at 4:00pm.

 

In England, something profound is beckoning, a historical crescendo, if you will.

 

Her history, be it the great battles that has shaped her, is one that is marked not merely by a gradual evolution, but perhaps even more so by those distinct moments of which one need only whisper to feel the weight of her significance.

In the Battle of Hastings, when the Saxons, mistaking a Norman retreat, decided to drop their shields and attack an apparently exhausted Norman army, the Normans rose once more, and William the Conqueror’s reign was to be forever engraved in the development of the courageous character of Great Britain. She has withstood the tests of invasion, her naval strength too much for the Spanish Armada, and her courage in the Battle of Waterloo, in which a fearsome Napoleon was matched on that fateful day by the fearlessness of the Duke of Wellington, pays further homage to her character.

 

Now, it seems another moment has caught her attention, where a sea of blue shall crash against a shore of red, where one need only whisper the words ‘Leicester City’ to feel the historical courage of England shake the ground beneath. To face Manchester United, who have won the Premier League 20 times, and to defeat them at the Theatre of Dreams, will forever mark Leicester City’s success among the greatest of moments in English history.

Tottenham, who are now left at the mercy of Leicester’s surge, must beat Chelsea, and it is an uphill climb now for Spurs, as that typical Chelsea demeanour means they will not go down at the hands of Tottenham without a thorough fight.

The Championship, with top three tied on 87 points, sees the race to promotion further intensify, as Middlesbrough play Birmingham, Brighton play Derby County and Burnley face off against Joey Barton’s former club Queens Park Rangers.

In La Liga, another intense title race has formed as both Barcelona and Atlético Madrid are tied on 82, and Real Madrid just one point behind them, in what is shaping to be a fiery weekend of Spanish football. The Catalans match up against Real Betis, while Atlético, who will be without suspended Simeone, play Rayo. Real Madrid face Real Sociedad.


Good Vibes

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This weekend, The Grand Ballroom at Rippon Lea House and Gardens, Melbourne, will be hosting a 1950’s Pop up Bar, encouraging all to dress and dance to the music of the 50’s.

If you loved that awesome dance in Slumdog Millionaire and want to experience one for yourself, check out Monsuun Dance in Sydney this weekend and join in one of their Bollywood Dance workshops.

In Perth, Mount Hawthorn Streets and Laneways Festival is on to celebrate the suburbs cultural diversity with music, costumes and street food.

 


What’s on around town?

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After a Parisian underground cabaret? The Melba Spiegeltent in Melbourne is hosting this year’s ‘Paris Underground’, a classic underground cabaret from burlesque and tap dancing to circus and magic.

In Sydney, The Winery Surry Hills will be welcoming all to ‘Perrier-Jouet Garden of Eden’, with Perrier-Jouet Champagne in a stunning garden setting.

If you’re in Brisbane, you should check out the Boondall Wetlands and the stunning nature walk with a guided tour.

In Canberra, the National Gallery of Australia is exhibiting ‘The World Is Beautiful’, a collection of photographs over the last 100 years.


Sunday Sessions

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For an awesome start to your Sunday, Nora on Elgin Street in Melbourne’s Carlton, is a chic little venue with a quirky vibe and a matching menu followed by great coffee.

If you wake up late, not to worry, a laksa is a perfect alternative. Now I’m going to say it, because I am sure every town or city has their ‘best laksa’, and Canberra’s Asian Noodle House on Northbourne Avenue is constantly competing with Dickson Noodle House for Canberra’s best laksa. However, and dare I say it so boldly, the laksa at Rice Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Garema Place not only better in leaps and bounds, but is arguably the best in Australia, so definitely worth a try.

If you find yourself in beautiful Byron Bay, where the weather is perfect this time of the year, check out Bayleaf Cafe, they whip up a beautiful brekkie with great coffee and perfect after a surf.


That’s the wrap for the weekend folks!

THE TURF hopes you all have a great weekend and as always, enjoy the football!

 

Nick Tsakiris