Finals Week 3 – The Real Semi Finals: No Sympathy for the Devil’s number

Sal casts his discerning eye over the “real Semi Finals”, and a horse or two.

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 Golf – Golf Capital: Bradley rolls new number one Rose, Evian for final major of 2018

The latest from the world of golf from Hamish Neal including the end to the Bryson DeChambeau show on the PGA Tour as Keegan Bradley snapped a six-year drought to win the third-leg of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs.

Almanac Sports Science: Acquisition and application of sporting skills

Read former NFL All Star, David Stiff’s articulate and thought provoking comments about the acquisition of skills and their application in game situations.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 2: Freedom, simplicity and a secure base

In his second piece for the Almanac, David Stiff invites athletes (sportspeople) to ‘listen to the game’. His notion of freedom and simplicity and their significance will resonate with close observers of sport (and the Geelong Football Club).

A Father’s Love and Football

A beautiful story of father and kindergarten-age son, footy and togetherness. [Wonderful – Ed].

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 Golf – Golf Capital: Double Bryson, Wallace’s win not enough

Hamish Neal provides another comprehensive look at the week in world golf.

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.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 1: The game as information.

It’s terrific to welcome former NBL basketballer and philosopher-sportsman David Stiff to the Almanac. In his debut piece he looks at ‘the game’ as information. [I think we’re going to enjoy this mix of experience, theory, and fresh thought – JTH.]

Almanac Baseball: The ABL Curveball

Brian the Ruminator muses on the upcoming ABL season, with the inclusion of Auckland and Geelong-Korea.

What is wrong with rugby league?

With the benefit of a life of watching rugby league, Jim Young believes that the rules of that game are ridiculous. And he rails against them in these well-argued observations

The #BettyInBronze campaign

David Wilson, great nephew of the Australian Women’s Cricket legend Betty Wilson, gives his thoughts about Bobby Macumber and Angela Pippos’ campaign to have her immortalised in bronze outside the MCG.

Almanac Tennis: Social Tennis and Other Worlds

Telly on Tuesday nights no longer appeals to Kate, so it’s social tennis for her instead. Here is her account of a typical Tuesday night tennis gathering.

European Rugby League Under 19 Championship – Update and Wrap Up

Damian Roache wraps up his on-the-spot coverage of the European Under 19 Championships, just completed in Belgrade.