Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 20: Sorting out time

This is the Round we’ve been waiting for! The clashes at the top of the ladder could well sort out both the minor premiers and the top four. Or will the Roosters spoil it for the Eels? Ian Hauser is excited by the prospect of top quality rugby league across this weekend.

Almanac Music: More of Procol Harum

Inspired by Col Ritchie’s recent homage to the Procol Harum classic, ‘A whiter shade of pale’, Ian Hauser recalls two other songs from the same album which he deems worthy of recognition.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 19: Mind the gap!

Mind the gap! The NRL’s Round 19 features a host of matches between the high flyers and the also rans. Ian Hauser tries to find something to get excited about.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 18: Welcome to Queensland!

The NRL has moved to Queensland for a month or so. What uncertainties might that unleash? Ian Hauser tries to find his way through the revamped schedule to find the winners in Round 18.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game III Preview: Total dominance or some pride restored?

Ian Hauser fears that it will be more doom, gloom and misery for the Maroons in tomorrow night’s State of Origin Game III.

Almanac Tennis – There is no ‘I’ in Barty, we or team: The ABC of Ash Barty

Ash Barty – what a champion both on and off the court! But what makes her universally admired? Here’s Ian Hauser’s attempt at ‘the ABC of Ash Barty’.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 17: Is the Top Four already decided?

  It’s more than a little worrying when it looks like the top four is done and dusted by the beginning of July with nine rounds to go. The gap between 4th and 5th is now two games plus a sizeable points differential. The only real interest at that end of the ladder is whether [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 16: Top of the pile battles

A couple of top of the table clashes highlight this weekend Round 16 of the NRL. We offer Ian Hauser’s prognosis.

Almanac Rugby League – Women’s State of Origin 2021: Gritty, not pretty

It was gritty, not pretty as the Queensland Maroons defended their women’s rugby league State of Origin title at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin stand alone weekend

State of Origin dominates the rugby league weekend with the annual women’s clash tomorrow night followed by Game 2 of the 2021 men’s series on Sunday night. Ian Hauser previews both matches.

Almanac Rugby League: NRLW to expand in 2021

The NRL has announced details of its expanded NRLW programme for 2021 with three new teams added to the competition.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 15: High farce

This weekend’s NRL matches feature the clash between competition leaders the Penrith Panthers and regular contenders the Sydney Roosters. Our NRL man Ian Hauser suggests that you find a screen wherever you are to take in this one.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 14: A mid-table muddle

Immediate post-Origin postulating is a perilous pastime but the Almanac’s Ian Hauser examines the entrails of the NRL’s Round 14 to extract a winner or two.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin 2021: Game 1 preview

Just seven months after 2020’s delayed series saw an unexpected series win to Queensland, State of Origin returns for its 2021 incarnation. Our rugby league editor, Ian Hauser, ponders what might happen in Townsville tonight.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 13: Mildly chaotic time for ‘the greatest game of all’

Are things in the NRL, both on and off the field, a tad chaotic at the moment? Ian Hauser offers his thoughts and makes a few preliminary comments about next week’s first State of Origin game for 2021.

Almanac Music: This week in 1971

A song released 50 years ago tomorrow got Ian Hauser wondering about what we were listening to in May 1971.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 12: Genuinely scary

Ian Hauser thinks that the Penrith Panthers are in scary form but still have a few questions to answer. What happened in the NRL last weekend, and what can we expect this time around?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 11: Carnage!

The ‘new regime’ in rugby league received mixed reviews during Magic Round last weekend. Ian Hauser looks ahead to the NRL’s Round 11 to see what it all means to the overall competition.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 10: Magic Round at Suncorp!

It’s the NRL’s Magic Round in Brisbane this weekend. Rugby league editor Ian Hauser can’t see anyone pulling a rabbit out of the hat to spring a surprise – he’s gone with the favourites all the way.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 9: Chooks winged!

Have we seen the last of Brett Morris after he sustained a serious knee injury? Are the Chooks winged? Ian Hauser sorts his way through the rugby league scene.