Almanac Rugby League

The Rugby League Almanac 2012


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

I Guess That’s Why They Call it Kumquat’s Big Blue: The Young Gun’s Year on the Sidelines – Means a Win to the Blues

Archie, the proudest of proud [north?] Queenslanders, prepares to fill the pockets of his King Gee shorts with cash by backing the NSW Blues. He is thanking his Grandpa for that. Because the new Maroons coaching staff have made some grave errors – already. [A fiery rant from Archie – Ed]

Almanac Rugby League: A quiet week in sport? Not in New Zealand.

Looks like JTH was completely wrong. Matt O’Hanlon and G Squared had a massive weekend in sport – in New Zealand. [Worth reading just for the stare-off count, but lots of tips for how to cram action into a sports tour. You, MOH, are an ornament to the game. – Ed]

Almanac Rugby League: A look at Andrew Johns’ impressive career

Tony Samboras give readers a reminder of the brilliant rugby league career of Andrew Johns

Quick hands at Uncle Stan’s in Grantham

My wonderful, wonderful uncle, Stan Schulz, died last week and is being buried today at Ropeley in the Lockyer Valley in Queensland. He was a great man – a truly great man. He and Aunty June survived the catastrophic Grantham flood in January 2011. I wrote this story about him.

2015 NRL Season In Review

Brutus reviews the 2015 NRL season in verse

Who Wants To Be A Coach?

It’s been a tough year to be a Penrith Panthers fan in the National Rugby League. It must have been so much tougher if you were the actual coach.

Almanac Rugby League: Footballing gods smile on Ipswich

Sunday’s NRL Grand Final is already being coined the greatest in the code’s history. While the focus was on the feats of Jonathon Thurston and the success of the North Queensland Cowboys, Harold Peacock also found plenty to celebrate in the Ipswich Jets’ NRL State Championship win in the curtain raiser.

NRL Grand Final – Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys: the view from Up North

Peter Hulthen, of Townsville, gives a north Queenslander’s response to the NRL Grand Final.

NRL Grand Final – Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys: The Greatest Grand Final of All Time

Wayne Ball tells the story of what he thinks is the greatest Grand Final of all time.

Almanac Rugby League: PNG Hunters are more than a football team

The PNG Hunters are just about to play the Ipswich Jets in he Queensland Cup preliminary final. Patrick Skene explains what that means to the people of PNG. (First published in The Guardian)