Almanac Rugby League – Queensland Cup Grand Final: Redcliffe Dolphins def. Easts Tigers 36-22

The mighty Redcliffe Dolphins won their first Queensland Cup title for 12 years when the defeated Easts Tigers at Lang Park. Here’s a view from the lounge chair.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Preliminary Finals + NRLW Round 3

The NRL and NRLW Grand Finalists have been decided. We run an eye over the weekend’s Preliminary Finals and come up with mixed feelings about the various styles of play exhibited.

Almanac Rugby League – QCup Grand Final: Redcliffe Dolphins v Easts Tigers – a preview

The Queensland Cup Grand Final will see the Redcliffe Dolphins meet the Easts Tigers at Lang Park on Sunday afternoon. There’s finals history between these two teams over the years so we can look forward confidently to something special this weekend. A one-time regular on Dolphin Oval’s old western mound (just along the touchline from the late, lamented Old Boys Can Bar), Ian Hauser presents both an historical perspective of finals clashes between these two clubs as well as his take on what to expect.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 3 + NRLW Round 3: Preview

It’s Preliminary Finals week in the NRL with two excellent clashes in prospect. Can the Melbourne Storm earn the chance to make it back-to-back titles for the first time in over 25 years? Can the Sydney Roosters finally get to the last game of the year after being minor premiers with seemingly monotonous regularity? In the NRLW, the final round will give us our inaugural Grand Finalists – but who will they be?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 + NRLW Round 2: Results

Week 2 of the NRL Finals produced two nail-biters! Round 2 of the NRLW also produced two high-quality matches to enhance the standing of this inaugural season. Here’s how it all played out.

Almanac Rugby League: 2018 NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2

Week 2 of the NRL Finals, the semi-finals kick off tonight together with Round 2 of the inaugural NRLW round-robin. We try to pick some winners.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1: the results

It was a great weekend of rugby league finals – a nail biter, a couple of ‘to be expected’ results and one minor upset. And the NRLW kicked off. What’s not to like? The Almanac’s rugby league man checks it out and looks ahead to Week 2.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL Finals Week 1 + NRLW Round 1

After the most even breakdown of finalists in years, the NRL Finals get underway tonight. It’s a brave person who thinks they can pick the winners! Here’s our attempt to do just that at The Almanac.

Almanac Rugby League – NRLW: At last!

At last! The NRLW takes to the field this weekend for its inaugural, if ever so short, season. Here’s a preview.

Almanac Rugby League: Bits and pieces from here and there

Our rugby league man casts his eyes around the countryside to make random observations about ‘the greatest game of all’.

Almanac Rugby League: Let’s get down to business

After one of the tightest seasons for yonks, it took until the last minute of the NRL season to decide the composition of the top eight teams. With Finals starting on Friday night, let’s take stock of the situation and have a look at the match-ups for Week 1.

Almanac Rugby League – it’s hard to keep up lately

A few more high profile players call it quits; coaching swings and roundabouts; who’s hot and who’s cold; can you figure out Jarryd Hayne?

Almanac Rugby League – Five new Immortals inducted

The NRL inducted a surprising 5 new Immortals last night. Our rugby league editor thinks they got it right.

Almanac Rugby League – The Immortals: Who’s next?

Two new Immortals of Rugby League will be crowned at a gala function in Sydney tonight. Ian Hauser casts his eye over the contenders.

Almanac Rugby League – Kangaroos Merit Team

Our rugby league editor runs his eye over the Kangaroo Merit Team selected over the weekend. He has one or two bones to pick.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 3: the aftermath

Everyone’s a winner after Game 3 of the 2018 State of Origin series. And there really is no such thing as a dead rubber in this pinnacle clash of the code – here’s why.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 3 Teams

The 2018 State of Origin series, the showpiece of the NRL, concludes next week with Game 3 in Brisbane. Although the series has been won and lost, there’s still a lot to play for. Check out the team selections and our rugby league editor’s thoughts here.

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin – where now for Queensland?

In which direction will the Maroons selectors go when they choose their squad for Game 3 of this year’s State of Origin series? Father and Son sorted it out over lunch the other day.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 2 – the aftermath

Take your chances and you’re likely to win; miss the moment and you’re likely to lose. Ian Hauser looks at last night’s State of Origin Game 2.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 State of Origin Game 2: comparative modesty abounds

Game 2 of this year’s rugby league State of Origin series will be played in Sydney on Sunday night but there seems to be an unusual modesty about the way each side sees its prospects. What’s it all about?