This weekend in the A league, a title race where the top is
constantly changing hands, sees Melbourne City aiming to bounce back from last
week’s defeat as they face off against second placed Adelaide United. Brisbane
Roar might have a tough one on their plate as they match up against Melbourne Victory
who have recently hit a run of form, and the Wanderers look to capitalise against a
struggling Wellington Phoenix. 

In the Premier League, Arsenal, who are coming off
an impressive performance last outing against Watford, are up against a
tough West Ham who have performed outstandingly this season. Leicester look to
maintain top place against Sunderland, and early Monday morning we have a crucial match
up between Tottenham and Manchester United, Spurs the strongest contender to
overtake lead leaders Leicester, United knocking on the door to top four. This
weekend also showcases an extremely intense promotion battle in the Championship, with
top 3 all within two points of each other, as Burnley play Leeds, Middlesbrough, Preston, Brighton and Nottingham Forest; expect ferocity with these fixtures.

Good Vibes


Live this weekend at Uptown Jazz Cafe at 177 Brunswick St,
Fitzroy, Melbourne, is an exciting experience titled ‘Connexus’, with local jazz
talent showcasing their skills from 6 o clock on Sunday. If you feel like a bit of
cocktail pampering like I sometimes do, there’s a quirky cocktail bar called Eau de
Vie, there’s one in both Sydney and Melbourne, and their cocktails are out of this
world, I recommend the Yuzu Mule. 

If you’re in to your wine, check out Canberra’s
Monster Kitchen and Bar, not only do they do a great yabbie jaffle, which I have
previously mentioned but warrants raving on about, but they also have one of
Australia’s best regional wine lists; I recommend a  gorgeous bottle of Les Chassagnes
from Philippe Bornard from the Jura region of France, which is made from the exotic
Savagnin grape indigenous to Jura, and a perfect wine to drink with company while
discussing intricate nuances, as well as Marcelo’s ridiculous (perhaps tactically
appropriate) dive against Wolfsburg.


What’s on around town?

This weekend Liddell Park, Perth, will be presenting this
year’s ‘Global Beats and Eats’, a free community event with live cultural
performances and some culinary treats from all around the world. 

If you’re in Brisbane and
ever wondered when looking at somebody actually doing Tai Chi “What would
that actually be like?”, now is your chance. Tai Chi Qigong will be held at New Farm Park
from 8 – 9am. If you’re more of an afternoon kinda person there is the Homunculi
exhibition by Zoe Porter which will showcase some intriguing depictions of hybrid
forms across multiple platforms such as drawing, video, live performance and

In Melbourne there is an awesome LEGO exhibition at the Darwin Arts and
Entertainment Centre on which will showcase pieces from Melbourne’s LEGO brick building

Sunday Sessions

If you’ve just woken up and there’s no eggs and no bread,
not to worry, Melbourne’s ‘Rustica Canteen’ do a Gin and Dill cured ocean trout with
black lava salt, mixed greens with poached eggs and lemon/caper yoghurt on a light
rye toast…it’s Sunday, treat yourself. If you just want a stunning cup of coffee to
liven up your Sunday,‘Brew Ha Ha’ coffee roasters in Sydney can deliver just

 If you’re after the trifecta of exciting brekkie, great coffee and an atmosphere
that says ‘hang here all day’, check out Canberra’s ‘Mocan & Green Grout’ in
the illustrious New Acton precinct.

That’s the wrap for the weekend folks!

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

By Nick Tsakiris