Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 16 Preview

With his tipping credentials in tatters after last weekend, our resident rugby league man tries yet again. How can anyone in their right mind tip NZ Warriors playing away?

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin III: Team News

State rugby league coaches Freddy Fittler (NSW) and Kevin Walters (Queensland) have announced their squads for Origin III in Sydney next Wednesday night. They’re both playing guessing games to some extent.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 15: There is movement on the ladder

Aficionado maybe, tipster not! Ian Hauser runs his eye over the weekend’s NRL results to try to glean what it all means and finds some support for his ‘moving month’ theory.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 15: Is it moving time on the ladder?

Our rugby league man, Ian Hauser, thinks we’ve reached ‘moving month’ in the NRL with lots at stake this weekend for teams at all levels on the ladder. He tells us why.

Almanac Rugby League – The Big Weekend’s Wash-up

Rugby League aficionado Ian Hauser runs his eye over a big weekend in rugby league. There was a lot to like, but is it possible to have too much top level footy packed into three days?

Almanac Food: More culinary adventures in Europe and Hong Kong

Recently returned from his European meanderings, Ian Hauser shares more of his culinary experiences on the road and drops more than a few hints about places to go for good food.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin x 2 plus International footy

With a HUGE weekend of rugby league in store, Ian Hauser casts his eye over all five matches to try to pick a few winners. Not surprisingly, geography plays a significant part in some of his choices.

Almanac Food: Art and beauty in various forms

Ian Hauser is travelling in Europe and savouring the gastronomical delights on offer. Here he describes two very different set-course meals. [Very envious – Ed]

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin I: A cracker!

A cracker of a game, reports an elated Ian Hauser as he presents his take on the State of Origin Rugby League match as seen from London. A very happy Queenslander!

Almanac Travel and Soccer: Valencia messes with Messi’s Barca

Ian Hauser sends news of his tour of Europe which has taken him to Spain where he couldn’t help but notice, despite the barriers, that a big game of soccer was being held.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: winnowing time?

Round 6 of the NRL looks likely to separate the wheat from the chaff, an autumnal winnowing to reveal the substance of the real contenders and blow away the pretence of the hollow wannabes.

Almanac Religion and Culture: Israel Folau, Notre Dame and paradox

Ian Hauser has found the commentary and discussion surrounding the Notre Dame fire and the Israel Folau situation fascinating and thought-provoking. After the extraordinary scenes in Paris this week as Notre Dame went up in flames, what does all this say about the way in which centuries of history and culture, and millennia of religion interface in the 21st Century?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5 Wrap

The gap in the NRL between top and bottom got worse this weekend. But it was a great day at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday – except for the infernal noise that supposedly passes as entertainment.

Almanac Rugby League – Round 5 and it’s getting desperate for some

The harsh reality of an ‘also ran’ tag for the 2019 season hangs over the heads of several NRL clubs as they head into this weekend’s Round 5 – and it’s only April!

Almanac Rugby League: ‘Interesting season unfolding’

‘Interesting season unfolding’ says Harms with respect to the AFL season. The same can be said about the NRL after four rounds. Here’s why.

Almanac Rugby League: Certainties, contenders and chumps

Round 4 of the NRL kicks off tonight. After an intriguing opening to the season, perhaps this weekend we’re about to find out a bit more about how a few teams are travelling. Is winnowing season coming early?

A great weekend in Australian sport

The weekend showcased so much that is great about Australian sport, regardless of what or who you follow. Here’s one take on just some of what we saw.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL Round 3 – Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons

Round 3 of the NRL got off to a nail-biting start with the Dragons edging the Broncos in Brisbane. But the scoreboard didn’t really tell the full story.

Almanac Rugby League – A few unexpected results spice up the NRL season

Round 1 of the AFL certainly produced several ‘interesting’ results. We can say pretty much the same after two Rounds in the NRL. Let’s recap and then look ahead to Round 3.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1 fallout

What can just one round of the new season tell us? Perhaps more than we might expect but, come September, we just might end up with egg on our faces!