Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: Curiouser and curiouser!

The NRL’s Round 5 saw a couple of upsets while Round 6 promises several clashes which may reinvigorate or destroy more than a couple teams. Ian Hauser offers his thoughts and predictions.

Almanac Rugby League: Iosia Soliola, a legend on and off the field!

‘Iosia Soliola is one of the most well-regarded rugby league players I have ever encountered personally or heard of. He was (and is) an absolute champion of a fellow with the Sydney Roosters, Newtown Jets, St Helens and the Canberra Raiders.’ Here’s why!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5: Is there more to this competition than meets the eye?

Are the Dragons going to confound the ‘experts’? What are the Titans made of, and do the Sharks have enough teeth to maul the Roosters? Ian Hauser previews the NRL’s Round 5.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Tom Raudonikis

Tommy Raudonikis, champion halfback for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Newtown Bluebaggers, NSW and Australia, and larger-than-life rugby league icon, has passed away aged 70. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the little Aussie battler who never took a backward step.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 4: The wheat and chaff are settling

Upsets have become almost a regular occurrence in the 2021 NRL season making tipping a bit of a nightmare. Ian Hauser tries to make sense of it all to come up with his picks for Round 4.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 3: The big boys to throw their weight around

A gap between the best and the rest is emerging early in the 2021 NRL competition. Ian Hauser expects ‘the big boys’ to throw their weight around this weekend in Round 3.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Fred Jones

Fred Jones, who passed away late last week, captained the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to their first premiership in 1972. Ian Hauser presents this tribute to one of the code’s great characters of yesteryear.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 2: Can your team’s season be over in March?

Results from Round 1 of the NRL season suggest that the season might be gone for several teams by the end of March. Is that possible? Ian Hauser thinks so.

Almanac Music: Vale Doug Parkinson

A song, a voice, a poster and a host of memories flooded Ian Hauser’s mind this morning after he heard that Doug Parkinson died last night aged 74.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1: And away we go!

The 2021 NRL season kicks off tonight with a blockbuster at Melbourne’s AAMI Stadium. Our rugby league editor Ian Hauser provides his thoughts on how Round 1 will pan out.

Almanac Rugby League – Cameron Smith: Nobody did it better

Cameron Smith, arguably the greatest rugby league player of all time, certainly of his own era, has finally announced his retirement. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the man with a host of records to his name, many of which are unlikely to ever be broken.

Almanac Rugby League – The Charity Shield and NRL Trials

After last weekend’s Charity Shield match and several NRL trials, our rugby league editor Ian Hauser thinks he can see what we’re in for in the NRL’s Season 2021.

Almanac Rugby League – All Stars clashes: Indigenous v Maori and 2021 State of Origin Dates

The men’s All Stars Indigenous v Maori All match produced a spirited clash to get the season underway. The women’s encounter was dominated by the Maori combination.

Almanac Rugby League – All Stars 2021: Indigenous v Maori

The annual All Stars Indigenous v Maori clashes for both men and women take place in Townsville on Saturday, the first significant matches for the code in the new year. Read previews and check out the teams.

Almanac Travel: Highway 39 Revisited (with apologies to His Bobness)

Almanac editor Ian Hauser loves a road trip. He’s just back from a Noosa to Melbourne jaunt, retracing a path from 18 months ago. He and wife Anne saw a very different countryside this time around.

Almanac Cricket (and life): Jack Lihou

A notice in the newspaper this morning set Almanac editor Ian Hauser thinking back over the years. It might even be enough to get him started on a long-delayed project.

Almanac Music: Mixed memories in music

Following his death earlier this week, just how do we go about dealing with the dichotomy that was Phil Spector?

Almanac Music: Vale Gerry Marsden

Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the iconic 60s British band Gerry and the Pacemakers, had died aged 78. Ian Hauser still gets the tingles when he hears their iconic songs as he explains in this tribute.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Gary Parcell (1933-2020)

Gary Parcell, a member of that famous 1960 Kangaroo all-Ipswich front row of Beattie, Kelly and Parcell, passed away last week. The Almanac pays tribute to a Queensland and Australian rugby league icon.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 3: ‘Bennett’s babes’ Mark II

It took him an hour after full-time to calm down but Ian Hauser finally put his thoughts on paper as he reflected on last night’s State of Origin Game 3 in Brisbane.