Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020: Where will each team finish the season? The view from Redcliffe.





It’s that time of year when rugby league fans make their predictions for the season ahead: top eight, premiers etc.


I usually prefer to avoid making such predictions – even if I like to read other people’s predictions – considering there are so many unknowns and variables: injuries, suspensions, luck, controversy, rub of the green, off-field controversies and turmoil, The Bunker etc.


But I made my predictions last week when I dropped in at What’s Your Team, an NRL merchandise shop along the Redcliffe beachfront, not far from where I live.


Just to explain, I drop into this shop from time to time. The staff are fantastic, and extremely passionate about rugby league.


The owners are Louis (known as Lou) and Cathy, while their daughters Jessica and Jaime also work there. Lou, Jessica and Jaime are passionate Parramatta Eels fans, as is Jason (the other staff member). Cathy, meanwhile, supports the Wests Tigers.


Jason, it must be said, is the biggest Brett Kenny fan on earth. It should also be noted that Jason is from central Queensland and is, therefore, a Queensland supporter, while his work colleagues support NSW. One thing that Lou and I have in common is that we are massive fans of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).


Jason was 8 years old and Lou was 14 when the Eels last won a premiership. Jessica and Jaime were not yet born.


With the What’s Your Team staff making their predictions for where each NRL team will finish on the ladder this year, I was invited to have a go as well.


I’ve supported the Broncos since I was about 8 years old. I firmly believe in loyalty, yet I make no excuses for the Broncos’ woes last year. I think it’s admirable that they won five premierships from 1988 to 2000 (including Super League in 1997) but, like all other Bronco fans, I think it’s appalling that this rich club has won only one premiership in the next 19 years. I was several weeks shy of my 10th birthday when the Broncos won their first premiership, and I was several weeks shy of my 24th birthday when the Broncos won their most recent premiership. It would be remiss of me to forget that the Broncos women won back-to-back NRLW premierships in 2018-2019, when I was well into my 30s.


It will certainly be interesting to see if the Roosters make it three straight NRL premierships (after the last club to achieve this feat was Parramatta from 1981 to 1983), and if the Broncos secure a hat-trick of NRLW premierships.


Go Broncos!


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About Liam Hauser

A Queenslander through and through, Liam went out of his comfort zone as he had a thoroughly worthwhile time in Tumut and Gundagai from 2008 to 2016 before enjoying a year in Gunnedah. His strongest sporting interests are State of Origin, Sheffield Shield, Test cricket and the NRL. His sporting CV doesn’t have many highlights, although he once top-scored in a warehouse cricket match with 54 not out at number 10, and shared in an unbroken last wicket stand of 83 with the number 11 who scored an undefeated 52. Liam has written books including State of Origin 40 Years, A Century of Cricket Tests, A History of Test Cricket, The Immortals of Australian Cricket, The Immortals of Australian Rugby League, and The Great Grand Finals: Rugby League's Greatest Contests. Also a huge fan of Electric Light Orchestra.


  1. Looks like a few of these tipsters are thinking with their hearts rather than their heads! Not a lot of love for the Broncos or Cowboys, but I think at least one of them will crack the top 8. No doubt we’ll revisit this post when we get to September.

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