Almanac Rugby League – Season 2024: Put the dates in your diary!

Just when you thought it was going to be a Thursday free of rugby league, here are the details for Season 2024. Put them in your diary now!

Almanac Rugby League – Pacific Championships Wrap: Kangaroos humiliated in Hamilton, Kumuls comeback in Port Moresby

Here’s a wrap on the the Cup and Bowl Finals in the Pacific Championships from our rugby league editor Ian Hauser. And, as far as the season goes, th-th-that’s all, folks!

Almanac Horseracing: The 2023 Melbourne Cup revisited (by a once a year non-punter)

The Melbourne Cup means different things to different people. Here’s the view from a once-a-year horseracing viewer who also happens to be a total non-punter. (Didn’t even go in a sweep this year.)

Almanac Rugby League – Pacific Championships Finals: No, it’s not a repeat, just a rematch!

The inaugural Pacific Championships concludes this weekend with the Pool A Cup Final to be played in Hamilton between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis while the Pool B Bowl Final will be played in Port Moresby between the Kumuls and the Bati.

Almanac Rugby League – Pacific Championships Week 3: The one we’ve been waiting for (sort of)

The Kangaroos clash with the Kiwis and the Jillaroos take on the Ferns – this is the weekend we’ve been waiting for! Then the Kumuls and the Bati meet on Sunday.

Almanac Rugby League – The Pacific Championships Week 2: Double headers will bring in the crowds

Week 2 of the rugby league Pacific Championships features double headers in Auckland and Port Moresby where big crowds can be expected. Ian Hauser offers his thoughts on the four matches.

Almanac Rugby League -The Pacific Championships

The inaugural Pacific Championships begins this weekend with matches in Port Moresby and Townsville. Read more about the tournament here.

Almanac Rugby League – Grand Final Day 2023: The cream rises to the top

There’s an old saying that the cream eventually rises to the top. Check out yesterday’s NRLW and NRL Grand Finals to see the proof.

NRL and NRLW Grand Finals – Hot favourites, worthy challengers

The Penrith Panthers and the Newcastle Knights go into the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals as hot favourites to lift their respective titles. But who can deny that that Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Titans are worthy challengers? Ian Hauser previews this weekend’s Grand Finals.

NRL Finals Week 3 and NRLW Finals Week 1: The finalists all get what they deserve!

The NRL and NRLW Preliminary Finals feature the teams that deserve to be there but confidently picking winners remains a challenge. Ian Hauser tries to sort out his thinking.

NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 9: Enthralling!

After last weekend’s enthralling rugby league matches, Ian Hauser goes looking for his winners in Week 2 of the NRL finals and Round 9 of the NRLW.

NRL Week 1 Finals and NRLW Round 8: Going with the rankings

It’s the pointy end of the NRL season while the pressure is on in the NRLW for finals spots. Ian Hauser offers his thoughts ahead of a big weekend in rugby league.

NRL Round 27 and NRLW Round 7: Rubbed out, left out and a break out

Another crazy week in rugby league – kicked out, sitting out and breaking out! Ian Hauser surveys the scene.

NRL Round 26 and NRLW Round 6: And then there were ten

Three teams are battling it out for the last spot in the NRL finals. Ian Hauser offers his thoughts on how it might pan out.

Almanac Rugby League: International rugby league gets a shot in the arm!

International rugby league received its biggest boost in decades yesterday with the announcement of a new Pacific Championships to be played in 2023 and 2024.

NRL Round 25 and NRLW Round 5: Eight into four won’t go!

12 teams in contention; 8 finals places; three rounds to play. That’s a recipe for exciting footy in the NRL. And the NRLW ladder is looking congested too. Ian Hauser talks us through this weekend’s rugby league.

NRL Round 24 and NRLW Round 4: Penrith and daylight in the NRL but it’s through a glass darkly in the NRLW

  Artwork courtesy of John Campbell   It’s hard to imagine that, based on recent form, anyone can stop the Panthers from a threepeat of premierships. They just seem to be able to cover any and all challenges thrown their way. Bellamy’s comments after his Storm were almost easily defused last weekend are pertinent simply [Read more]

NRL Round 23 and NRLW Round 3: Some crazy stuff going on!

The NRLW didn’t take long to provide a fascinating season in line with that in the NRL. Ian Hauser looks at the winners and losers as he tries to find good picks for this weekend.

NRL Round 22 and NRLW Round 2: The Fast and the Furious

Both the NRL and the NRLW looked like footy’s version of The Fast and the Furious last weekend. Our rugby league writer Ian Hauser is struggling to keep pace with it all!

Almanac Life: Hangin’ on the telephone

Why is it that the music you’re forced to listen to while ‘on hold’ on the telephone is so invariably awful? But there’s an exception to every rule, as Ian Hauser discovered recently.