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.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL Preliminary Final: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm: Too many weapons

The Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm have clashed in NRL finals several times in recent years. They met again last night for a place in this year’s Grand Final. This is how Ian Hauser saw it play out.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL Preliminary Final: Canberra Raiders v South Sydney Rabbitohs – Now this is finals footy!

The Canberra Raiders and the South Sydney Rabbitohs played out an exciting, sometimes frantic Preliminary Final last night in front of a record Canberra crowd. Ian Hauser tells the tale.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Preliminary Finals and NRLW Round 3: Simplicity and Complexity

Our NRL and NRLW Grand Finalists will be decided this weekend. It’s all pretty straightforward in the NRL but the NRLW situation throws up the possibility of several different outcomes. Ian Hauser explains how it works.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2: Questionable decisions mar a mighty match

We’re down to the last four teams in the NRL while the NRLW featured its first stand alone fixture in New Zealand. Here’s the wash-up from the weekend as seen by Ian Hauser.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2: Total commitment

Total commitment – the fans demand and deserve nothing less. After one disaster last weekend, Ian Hauser thinks we can expect better this time around. Here’s his preview.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 and NRLW Round 1 Review

He may not have picked too many winners, but rugby league aficionado Ian Hauser sure appreciated what he saw in the first weekend of NRL finals and Round 1 of the NRLW. Here’s his report.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 and NRLW Round 1: Let’s get down to business

The NRL Finals get underway this weekend while the NRLW begins its condensed season. Ian Hauser runs his eye over the form and picks his winners.

Almanac Rugby League – Book Review: ‘Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland’ by Joe Gorman.

In his new book release, Joe Gorman gives an interesting take on understanding the Queensland psyche through a study of rugby league. Our reviewer, Ian Hauser, thinks he may well have a point.

Almanac Life – On the road again: 50 years on the Newell Highway

It’s 50 years since Ian Hauser’s first road trip. Just back home in Noosaville after a recent jaunt to Melbourne, Ian shares his experiences and insights into travelling the Newell and New England Highways – and throws in a few tips as well.

Almanac Lunches – A Queenslander in Melbourne

A road trip south saw Noosaville’s Ian Hauser in Melbourne recently. He managed to take in two Almanac lunches at the North Fitzroy Arms. How much of a good thing can this man take? The simple answer is – heaps!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 25: Jostling for positions

The final round in the NRL will be all about jostling for finals positions with several possibilities in the offing. Ian Hauser checks it all out.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round24: How long can this keep going on?

Two rounds to go. Ten teams still trying to fit into eight. Ian Hauser tries to make sense of it all.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 23: Hanging on by the fingernails

With the pressure still on to secure a spot in the eight, Ian Hauser hasn’t let his holidays divert him from taking a look ahead to Round 23 in the NRL.

Almanac Music: 50 Years Since Woodstock

The 50 year anniversaries continue. Last week it was the iconic Abbey Road photo, this week it’s Woodstock. Where were you and what did it mean to you? Ian Hauser shares his memories.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 22: Wheat and Chaff

The NRL’s Round 22 looks like it will sort out the wheat from the chaff based on what we learned last weekend. Ian Hauser undertakes the winnowing.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 21 – What did we learn?

The ex-teacher in Ian Hauser has him drawing lessons from the NRL’s Round 21. Attention, class!

Almanac Music – Famous Photo of Fab Four is Fifty!

The famous Abbey Road photograph of the Beatles is fifty years old today. Ian Hauser pays tribute and muses over various events of that time.