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Holiday tennis 'For the love of the Game'  (pic: E regnans)

Holiday tennis ‘For the love of the Game’ (pic: E regnans)

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Nick Kyrgios’ Attitudes at the Tennis Court

Yoshi delves into Nick Kyrgios’ mindset during his mild on-court explosion recently. Includes a serve for tennis fans using social media.

Asian Cup 2015: Asian Cup Attendance Exceeds Expectations

Take a bow, Australian sports fans. Roy Hay documents how attendances at the 2015 Asian Cup have smashed organisers’ expectations. And that’s without the local committee having access to the MCG or Docklands stadium in Melbourne, nor games being played in Perth, Adelaide or Tasmania.

Asian Cup 2015: From Bay 54 and Beyond

Hamish Neal was at Hunter Stadium to see the Socceroos book their place in Saturday evening’s Asian Cup final against South Korea.

Jiminy’s Cricket

A wonderful and heart-felt meditation on how cricket has enhanced the bonding between mother and cygnet.

A skill that can’t be measured

Stan Alves turns it around and asks Matt Zurbo a question. A good one too. [Old Dog with some of his trademark footy-thinking]

What Did We Learn from the Latest Triple J Hottest 100?

The reaction to this year’s Hottest 100 has been quite surprising. Should the J’s have allowed TayTay voters to get involved?

A Win’s a Win, and That’s Just What the Socceroos Did

After booking a place in the 2015 Asian Cup Final, it’s all coming together quite nicely for Ange Postecoglou and the Socceroos. Tom Riordan breaks down how the lads outplayed a determined, but ultimately outclassed Australian XI.

crio’s Q?

Doha reset the bar. Fixturing can be a contentious topic. Yesterday (26/1) the SCG was awash whilst blue skies smiled down upon an empty Adelaide Oval. Tonight Newcastle hosts the Socceroos, with vacant mounds assured at each end of the field. Tomorrow night the BBL final, guaranteed to fill any home ground, is set for [Read more]

Summertime Sadness

Summer holidays. One of the most joyous times for many children and adults alike. Filled with fun activities and kicking back in the sun. But what does summer mean to us footy fans? It means sitting on the couch celebrating a great season or trying to figure out what went wrong. “How could we let [Read more]

The novice

Cricket and snorkelling give you plenty of time to ponder the big questions. Can I actually bat? Can I bowl? Am I breathing?

Farting Through a Silk Kaftan

Phil Dimitriadis tries to interpret the signs that made Australia Day 2015 more significant than usual.

Hurlingham Park

Braham Dabscheck recalls a childhood of shattering the Donath’s dining room windows with sweetly-timed leg-side pull shots in street cricket, competing against mates and neighbours at the hallowed grounds of Hurlingham Park in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, which sorted the men out from the boys and creating lifelong friendships and memories in equal measure.

Almanac Music (Stereo Stories): Houndog

Stephen Andrew tells the story of an overheating Mini and a Phillips cassette deck.

From the back patio – Dave’s Australia Day sporting honours

Dave Brown enlists a fine Barossa Shiraz and a fine intellect to list his Top 10 Australia Day Sporting Honours (even Phil the Greek gets a gong – and unfortunately its not Dimitriadis).

Yoshi’s Ten Biggest Sporting Upsets : February 2014 – January 2015

Yoshi lists his 10 biggest sporting upsets that have occurred between February 2014 to January 2015. There’s a healthy smattering of AFL surprises, but also some shocks from the World Game and on the tennis courts, too.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part 13: Recovery and ‘Home’

The concluding chapter of Louise Currie’s harrowing experience trekking the Tashi Lapsa Pass in Kathmandu.

Hey Look! The Socceroos are in Newcastle.

Hamish Neal previews the 2015 Asian Cup Semi-Finals, which get underway tonight at Stadium Australia in Sydney. With over half a million fans having clicked through the turnstiles so far to watch the action in person, and the recent China v Australia Quarter Final being watched by more viewers than there are people in Australia, you better believe the Semi Finals are a big deal!

What do you think of the Asian Cup so far?

Roy Hay with some interesting observations on the Asian Cup in the Asian Century in the Asian Region.

Almanac Music: My Favorite Australian Albums of 2014

On this Australia Day weekend, Andrew Fithall – that most ardent fan of Australian music – lets us in on his favourite Australian albums of the year just gone.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part 12: The ICU

After a complicated surgery process, Louise is taken to the postoperative recovery ward where a difficult night awaits.