Almanac Rugby League

The Rugby League Almanac 2012


The NRL Footy Almanac (book) was published for the first time in 2012.

From Big Bal to George Benson: a love letter to PNG Rugby League

Patrick Skene enjoys a genuinely meaningful sports experience when he heads to Redcliffe for the PNG Hunters’ first match in the QRL competition. [Great story - Ed]

The Rugby League Almanac 2013 on-line: Round 4

The Almanac Rugby League writers capture all the action in Round 4, 2013.

The Rugby League Almanac 2013 on-line: Round 3

Our intrepid writers report on Round 3 of the 2013 season. From the stadia to the suburbs, they chronicle a selection of matches which included the Friday night re-match of the 2012 Grand Final.

The 2013 Rugby League Almanac on-line: Round 2

Round 2 reports from our merry band.

The Rugby League Almanac 2013 online: Round 1

Re-live the opening games of the 2013 NRL season with these yarns from our rugby league writers.

Dream of glory where there is none

Simply superb memoir from Patrick O’Brien on playing rugby league as a teenager in Brisbane. (Name the team?) (May have uncovered another one here – Ed)

An Innocent Abroad

Jason McNeil journeyed down from Brisbane for a sporting weekend. He got both the Cats and the Storm beaten within 24 hours. Harms has had him deported and Dips has withdrawn his passport. Jason is a welcome addition to Almanac ranks.

NRL Finals Week 1 – Sharks v Cowboys: Countdown to Conspiracy


NRL Finals Week 1 – Sharks v Cowboys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…..7?

Peter Hulthen contemplates the Cowboys unfortunate loss.

Mal’s Speech to the Boys on Game Two Eve


NRL Round 13 – Storm v Sharks: Back to Earth

Jetlagged and homesick, Andy Frame finds watching his Sharks outclassed to be all too reminiscent of his painful flight from Australia to Heathrow.

State of Origin: Alternative universe

Geoffrey Woolcock sides with The Pearl – Gallen’s hit had no place on the field, even in the alternative universe that is Origin. He wants to know how you see it.

Love to hear your thoughts on (and during) Origin I

What’s on your Queensland mind? Or your New South mind? Or your Mexican mind?

A little ditty for Origin I: That’s in Queensland

To get us all thinking of State of Origin.


After 15 years away, a weary traveller returns excitedly to Cronulla for the Sharks match against Souths. And it proves to be a good night to come home.

NRL Round 8 – St George Illawarra v Manly: When parking the car is the only highlight

Michael Adams is hoping for a big Dragons performance but his highlight is a little more pedestrian.

The Rugby League Almanac – Media Release

  Media Release – brilliant fan-writing about the greatest game of all   A classic new footy book, The Rugby League Almanac 2012 (500 pages, Malarkey Publications) is a game-by-game account of the 2012 NRL season. Nothing like this has been done in rugby league before. It’s a lot of fun. The Rugby League Almanac [Read more]

Book Review – The Rugby League Almanac: You hate us, we love it.

Joseph Ryan is a Melbourne-based Melbourne Storm fan.

He makes some astute observations about some of the writing on Melbourne Storm matches in The Rugby League Almanac.

NRL Round 5 – Canberra v Roosters: The Green Redemption

For Nick Campton, watching the Raiders play is an experience fraught with a range of emotions, varying from ecstasy to rage to disappointment to soul-crushing despondence. When he dies, his autopsy will read “Cause of Death: The Canberra Raiders”.

NRL Round 4 – Brisbane v Melbourne: Honk, Honk, Here Comes Cronk

Ian Hauser goes downstairs for one last time, and watches his Broncos get beaten by the clinical Storm.