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The Rugby League Almanac 2012


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

Glory Glory to South Sydney

Arabella Douglas explains the significance of South Sydney to her family, and the place of rugby league in her Aboriginal community. [This is a powerful piece which conveys the depth of connection between people and rugby league – Ed]

Redfern All Blacks – Keeping the ball in motion

Patrick Skene watched the Redfern All Blacks do battle with Bondi United, institutional racism and their personal demons. (The most engaging, enjoyable, wide ranging, eye opening, heart warming, provocative piece you will read anywhere this week – Ed.)

Rugby League: Tom Brock Lecture (to be delivered by John Harms) in Sydney

John Harms will deliver the Tom Brock Lecture in Sydney on Oct 8. All welcome.

They just love their footy

An inspiring tale from Patrick Skene about a rugby league contest of heart, body and spirit between physically disabled teams from across cultures and life experiences. A story full of inspiration and optimism.

Tigers fans have ’89

Guy Ragen reflects on the (now defunct) Balmain Tigers agonising loss in the 1989 NRL Grand Final. Why does that game matter so much, and what did it tell us about our changing times? [Terrific example of trying to understand sport in its broader social context – Ed]

Sunday Evening Coming Down: It’s a funny old game

“Aussie” Tony Robb offers a non-discriminatory all-inclusive spray at Mick, the Magpies, dodgy NRL results, the Pepsodent pissoir and selective nationalism. Good to have him back.

The Footy Almanac Podcast – Episode Ten

Episode 10 of the Footy Almanac Podcast – the ‘Jeggins and Bubbling’ episode is here! Rick Kane and Sean Gorman are this week’s very special guests on the Almanac couch as your hosts Matty Q and The People’s Elbow host proceedings. Sean talks about his days as a shearer before finding his way into academia [Read more]

State of Origin: Dumb v Dumb & Dumber

Peter Baulderstone watched the rugby league State of Origin 2. He saw the future of AFL, and the past of NRL. He would like his 2 hours back.

Is Carlton v Collingwood still Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry or is it now the rugby league State of Origin?

Miles Wilkes uses attendances, TV ratings and history to answer whether Collingwood v Carlton has been overtaken by the NRL State of Origin as Australia’s number one sporting rivalry. The result may surprise.

State of Origin: Brilliant

“For minutes Loz Daley and crew had been pacing the coaches’ box drawn into the contest with a deeply satisfying un-professionalism. This was raw emotion. And tension will change us all.” writes JTH on another classic Origin.

State of Origin: What are we playing for?

John Harms says that the Maroons are playing for the Queensland way of life.

AFL and NRL – weekend results and ladders

All the wrap-up from this weekend’s AFL and NRL. Gold Coast are third. Take a photo of it.

The Magnificent Murri Nine

Patrick Skene is part of a truly memorable day, when an undermanned Brisbane Natives side took on the Diehards from Fortitude Valley. Those there, he says, will remember it forever. [Sport can do this. Super stuff. Ed]

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.