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!
Some great reading to get your teeth into over the Australia Day long weekend.
[Cambridge United have just held Man U to a 0-0 draw at Abbey – replay at Old Trafford.]
As the 2015 Asian Cup reaches its exciting climax, the Goodfellas – Vaughan ‘Dr Cruel’ Menlove and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Baker – convene for some breakfast and soccer talk from the legendary Turtle Café in Elwood. This week includes a thank you to the legendary Roy Hay and gives a lot of love to Tim Cahill, The Rock, Zeno Tzatsaris, Joskun Aziz and Athas Hyrsoulakis. As Triple/Double J turns 40, the lads take a trip down memory lane and recall some of the life-altering music the J’s introduced into their lives like Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, the Rollins Band and Spiderbait. GORN, GET IN!
Tony Wilson is enjoying a stint back on 3RRR’s Multi-Storied. Yesterday he was joined by authors Nicole Hayes (The Whole of my World) and Catherine Harris (The Family Men) to discuss how footy is reflected in fiction. A great listen.
Hamish Neal provides your ‘what-you-need-to-know’ one-stop-shop for tonight and Friday evening’s 2015 Asian Cup Quarter Finals. You’re welcome.
This conference may be of interest to readers.
Dugald Jellie went to the funeral of Tiger fan Carolyn Gaunt. Here is his story.
[Dugald is a very talented writer with a tremendous respect and affection for people. He has a keen ear and eye and a lovely sense of perspective on things – even if he is Tiger-mad. His stories are published on his website tigertigerburningbright.com.au which has a strong Tiger following. This year he will also be publishing stories here at the Almanac. So it’s a big welcome from me – JTH]
The 2015 Australian Open tennis Grand Slam begins on Monday, January 19th. As Stanislav Wawrinka gets set to defend his 2014 Mens singles crown and Serena Williams chases her sixth Womens singles title, we want your tennis contributions!
As the 2015 Asian Cup kicks off (pun intended) The Goodfellas – Vaughan ‘Dr Cruel’ Menlove and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Baker grab a coffee or two and preview what should be some great soccer on offer for sports fans through January.
Beginning tomorrow, we bring you Louise Currie’s enthralling recollection of a disastrous trek through Tashi Lapso, in Kathmandu.
Ahead of the start of today’s fourth Test in Sydney, the team at Cricket Froth put Steve Smith’s Melbourne declaration in context. While the Aussies secured the Border-Gavankar trophy, there’s still plenty to play for at the SCG.
Stone Cold Steve Baker is sick of hearing the words “program” and “team culture” in post-game sport-speak (across a raft of codes). But when it comes to the impact of Rolando McClain on the Dallas Cowboys defense, there are no two words that sum up the difference between playing football in January or thinking about the draft and pre-season training between Christmas and New Year’s.
Lou with some thoughts on the depth of the Australian talent pool. [Includes a rare admission from Lou that he got something wrong – Ed]
Lou, as we know, likes a chat. He has spent years with his customers. He knows them well. Some have been talking to him about keeping things in perspective.
News of a photographic exhibition has reached us thanks to one of our Darwin correspondents, Joc Ledwidge.
From Fitzrovia in St Kilda Dr Cruel (Vaughan Menlove) and Stone Cold Steve Baker grab some brekky and look at all of the New Year’s Day action in the A-League and the English Premier League.
Lou is back from counting his Christmas dollars, and tells us what the cricket chat is in the shop this morning. Conclusion: Steve Smith and advisors have forgotten I.M. Chappell.
Today (Monday Dec 29) the Almanac will receive its 3,000,000th visit – around lunch-time.
I have a copy of Sean Gorman’s Legends to go to the person who turns the clock over. It will take a bit of guess work but will go to the comment nearest to the time it ticked over.
Count at 11.04am: 3,000,000