Almanac Wine: Tasting the new Penfolds releases

Ian Hauser was lucky enough to jag the last place at his local Dan Murphys’ tasting of the new vintage Penfolds releases. (Lucky bugger!) Here’s what he thought.

Almanac Rugby League – Round 14 Preview: Clear favourites everywhere

The NRL’s Round 14 looks pretty cut and dried to tipster Ian Hauser who prefers to keep his eyes on the field rather than be distracted by the rubbish playing out beyond the sidelines.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 13 Preview: A couple of ‘ladder defining’ clashes in store this weekend

The NRL’s Round 13 contains a couple of ‘ladder shaping’ clashes. Our rugby league editor Ian Hauser runs his eye over the fixtures and picks at least one underdog.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 12 Preview: Mid-table blancmange

When will the middle order blancmange of the NRL ladder ever sort itself out? Ian Hauser looks at this weekend’s NRL Round 12 to see if we’ll get any clarity.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 10: Just who are the culprits?

Dramas on and off the field provide useful entertainment for the rugby league faithful. But who are the real culprits when the referees cop all the blame?

Almanac Rugby League: NRL Round 9 fallout

The NRL’s Round 9 was supposed to sort out the ladder’s log-jam, but just one unexpected result left us with a muddle in the middle. Ian Hauser gives us his take on it all.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Round 9: Most interest is in the middle of the pack

The top and bottom of the NRL ladder seems to be sorted. But what about the middle? This weekend’s Round 9 might help sort it out.

Almanac Rugby League – A classic, a calamity and a controversy: Another week in rugby league

There is plenty to talk about after Round 8 of the NRL season. The Almanac’s rugby league editor gives his take on it all.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 8: Coping with injuries – it’s all about depth

With a growing injury list across several clubs, there’s plenty of interest in how they cope as we come up to Round 8 of the NRL season. Rugby league editor Ian Hauser gives his thoughts.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 7: Fans short-changed by same old, same old

Before previewing the NRL’s Round 7, Ian Hauser asks just where do fans fit into the overall organism that is modern, top tier sport.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: What did we learn?

Rugby league editor Ian Hauser evaluates what the wash-up from Round 6 might mean to the way the remainder of the season unfolds.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: Wheat and chaff

After challenging the referees to get tough, rugby league editor Ian Hauser offers his thoughts on the NRL’s Round 6.

Almanac Rugby League – 2020 NRL Round 5: Home and Away

After a set of mixed results last weekend, what might we expect from the NRL’s Round 5 starting tonight? Ian Hauser looks into his crystal ball.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL Round 4 Roundup

Ian Hauser casts his eye over the NRL’s Round 4 results and attempts to read the tea leaves.

Almanac Rugby League – 2020 NRL Round 4: Let’s sort out some of these teams

Can Round 4 of the NRL season live up to the hype created by its successful return last weekend? Rugby league editor Ian Hauser runs his eye over this weekend’s clashes.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL 2020 off and re-running, and how!

Rugby League editor Ian Hauser thinks we learned a lot after just one round of the re-booted NRL season. See if you agree. [Totally agree on the Green Machine – Ed.]

Almanac Book Review – ‘The Big O: the life and times of Olsen Filipaina’ by Patrick Skene

Ian Hauser reviews Patrick Skene’s new book, ‘The Big O: the life and times of Olsen Filipaina’ – a significant addition to the (all too) limited literature of rugby league.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Round 3: We’re back – but hopefully we’re not the same

The NRL’s 2020 season recommences on Thursday night with Round 3. Ian Hauser tells us what he’d like to see and not hear as play resumes.

Almanac Rugby League – ‘There’s got to be a morning after’*

What do the disaster movies of the early 70s have in common with the head honchos of the NRL? Our rugby league correspondent Ian Hauser has been pondering this question.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020: Round 2

Round 1 of the NRL produced a few upsets – always a good thing! Now we need to consider if we’ll be upset if this weekend’s Round 2 proves to be the last we see of the code for some time. Ian Hauser previews the matches in prospect.