On This Day – January 23rd

Where’s the cricket? What’s January without Test cricket or at least an international ODI series? To compensate for this programming disaster, today’s “On This Day” series provides a cricket focus – with a few other bits thrown in.

Almanac History – On This Day: What happened on January 16?

After a bit of encouragement, Ian Hauser continues his ‘What Happened on…?’ series. January 16th throws up the usual mix of images and memories.

Almanac History – What happened on January 9?

Former student and teacher of History Ian Hauser looks back at significant people and events associated with January 9. Ring any bells?

Almanac Cricket History – Australia v New Zealand Tests at the SCG

With the third and final Test against New Zealand starting tomorrow, Ian Hauser looks back over previous SCG stoushes between the Aussies and the Kiwis.

Almanac Cricket History – Australia v New Zealand Tests at the MCG

Would you believe that Australia and New Zealand have played only three Tests at the MCG? True story! Ian Hauser looks back over the clashes at the ‘G’.

Almanac History – What happened on the twelfth of the twelfth?

Ian Hauser continues our series of ‘on this day’ posts. It’s a special one for him, the twelfth of the twelfth, with the focus on cricket and the arts.

Almanac Cricket History – Australia v New Zealand at Perth

Australia and New Zealand have clashed in Perth seven times over the past forty years. With the next encounter looming, Ian Hauser looks back over Australia v New Zealand Tests played in the West.

Almanac Cricket History – Australia v Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval

It’s a remarkable 30 years since Australia last played a Test against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. Ian Hauser reviews their past clashes at Australia’s most beautiful cricket ground.

Almanac International Rugby League – There are upsets, and then there are Upsets!

Saturday’s international rugby league triple-header at Auckland’s Eden Park provided two upsets, one of which was notable, the other historic. At the end of the day, the winner was rugby league but the biggest winner was Tonga. Rugby league aficionado Ian Hauser explains.

Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield Round 3: Last Chance Saloon

Wannabe First Test aspirants have their last chance to impress the national selectors this weekend in Round 3 of the 2019/20 Marsh Sheffield Shield competition. Ian Hauser runs his eye over the possibilities.

Almanac International Rugby League – Triple header Saturday

The post-NRL season international rugby league series continues this Saturday with a triple header at Auckland’s Eden Park. Get comfortable, rugby league tragics, tune in to Foxtel or 9Gem and lap it up while you can!

Almanac International Rugby League – A weekend of Test match footy

International rugby league received a much needed boost over the weekend with quality matches on show at both The ‘Gong and Hamilton, New Zealand. Ian Hauser sums it all up.

Almanac Rugby League – A rare weekend of international rugby league

International rugby league gets a rare outing this weekend with matches featuring the Australian Kangaroos, New Zealand, Great Britain, a Tongan Invitational XIII, the Jillaroos, the Kiwi Ferns and the Junior Kangaroos. Ian Hauser provided this preview.

Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield Round 2: Are we any the wiser?

Round 2 of the Sheffield Shield season did little to clarify Australia’s First Test team. Based on results so far, Ian Hauser takes a stab at a possible line-up for the Gabba next month.

Almanac Cricket – A comeback for the Sheffield Shield?

What did we learn from the first Round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield competition last weekend? Ian Hauser found that it left him with more questions than answers.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL Grand Final: Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders – there’s nothing like a bit of controversy!

The 2019 NRL Grand Final may well go down as one of the more controversial grand finals in quite some time. Ian Hauser watched the Sydney Roosters take on the Canberra Raiders.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRLW Grand Final: Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons – A right royal stampede!

The Brisbane Broncos dominated, out-muscled, suffocated and monstered the St George Illawarra Dragons in the 2019 NRLW Grand Final. Ian Hauser tipped the Dragons! So pass the face washer to clean the egg off his face and heat the oven for the humble pie!

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL Grand Final Day: Interstate Championship – Newtown Jets v Burleigh Bears

The 2019 NRL Grand Final programme got underway with the Interstate Challenge match between the Newtown Jets and the Burleigh Bears. It served as a great appetiser for the later courses. Here’s how Ian Hauser saw it pan out.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals: Roosters to crow and Dragons to breathe fire

Rugby League takes centre stage this weekend with the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals to be played on Sunday. Our rugby league man, Ian Hauser, gives his preview.

Almanac Rugby League – NRLW Round 3: Grand Finalists Decided

Round 3 of the NRLW competition sorted out next weekend’s grand finalists. It didn’t go quite to plan for everyone. Ian Hauser tells why.