Almanac Rugby League – Australia v Tonga: and the winner is…rugby league!

Passion, pride and Pacific power were on display at Mt Smart Stadium but the Kangaroos were up to the challenge. Here’s how the last southern hemisphere match of the year played out.

A day in the life of Australian cricket

17 October 2018 – just another day in the life of Australian cricket. What did it tell us? Here are a few thoughts.

Almanac Rugby League: the final Test

The rugby league season finally ends this weekend with the clash between Australia and Tonga. Here’s our preview.

Almanac Cricket: an Enigmatic Eleven – a team of puzzles trying to find a common solution

A long rain break at the Gabba yesterday gave father and son time to pick an Australian team of enigmas. There were many names from which to choose.

Almanac Rugby League – Australia v New Zealand: the winners

Yesterday’s feast of rugby league at Mt Smart Stadium came in three courses but we’ll have to wait until next weekend for dessert. Here’s how it panned out.

Almanac Rugby League – Australia v New Zealand Test matches

Just when you thought it was all over, this weekend sees three Australian rugby league teams take on their Kiwi counterparts at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland. For possibly the first time, the programme will see the men’s Junior Kangaroos, the Jillaroos and the Kangaroos in action at the same venue on the same day. Here’s a preview

Almanac Cricket: An Australian Team of Ians

After reading Glen’s team of Ls yesterday, Almanac editor Ian Hauser put together his fantasy Australian cricket team made up of Ians. He had to co-opt a couple of extras.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Grand Final Day winners

After an absorbing AFL Grand Final on Saturday, the NRL hosted its big day yesterday. Here’s how we saw it play out. It didn’t quite go the way we (or most people, for that matter) expected.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL and NRLW Grand Final previews

The last day in September – NRL and NRLW Grand Final Day! Injuries, possible suspensions, mind games, extended benches – it’s all there as we head for the biggest day of the year. Here’s our preview.

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.