Finding the perfect Christmas gift for your the sport aficionados in your life is never easy – even moreso if you aren’t a sports buff yourself. We’ve put together a list of sporting celebrations to ensure you’ll be the best present giver this Christmas.
Their Finest Hour: A History of the Rugby League World Cup in 10 Matches, by Andrew Marmont
The story of the Rugby League World Cup, vividly brought to life with first-hand stories from the players, coaches and administrators who were behind the big moments.
More than sixty years ago, Paul Barrière decided to host rugby league’s first ever World Cup tournament. Fast-forward to 2017 and the game’s elite have access to sports scientists, earn high six-figure salaries and train in English Premier League-style facilities. Spectators can sit in lavish corporate boxes or the comfy surroundings of top-class stadiums, as global sponsors add their support behind a tournament that has set new standards in sporting excellence.
From interviewing rugby league’s biggest names like Johnny Whiteley, Wally Lewis, Dean Bell and Glenn Lazarus to master coaches such as Clive Griffiths, Ricky Stuart and Frank Endacott, Marmont brings together an exciting mixture of stories, anecdotes and interviews that will appeal to both rugby league supporters and anyone who loves a good sporting read.
The Hornet: From Bullied Schoolboy To World Champion, by Jeff Horn & Grantlee Kieza
The story of Jeff Horn reads like a fairytale. Written with award-winning author, journalist and boxing aficionado Grantlee Kieza, The Hornet is the tale of a boy who, slapped around by bullies, saw through tears in his eyes a vision of himself as a hero, a champ, someone other people might one day look up to.
You Only Get One Innings, by Barry Nicholls
As a young boy growing up in the 1970s in the suburbs of Adelaide, Barry Nicholls was negotiating the dreadful haircuts and unrequited infatuations of adolescence, while his heroes, Chappell, Lillee and Thommo, were creating cricket history against Pommie champions like Boycott and Botham. Like thousands of Aussie kids playing cricket at school, in their backyards or on the beach – Barry wanted to be bat like them, bowl like them and play for Australia.
Great Australian Test Cricket Stories, by Ashley Mallett
Mallett shares his vast knowledge of the game and its heroes in Great Australian Test Cricket Stories, a collection of fascinating cricket yarns that spans centuries and continents. Stories of famous contests and clashes sit beside personal anecdotes as well as insights and opinion that only an elite cricketer could provide.
All the greats get a guernsey, from Victor Trumper, to Keith Miller, Don Bradman, Boycott, Benaud, Border and Warne, in this engrossing read for fans of the game.
Posted on November 28, 2017 by Larissa Bricis