Almanac Rugby League: 40 Years of State of Origin

It’s 40 years ago today that rugby league’s first State of Origin match was played in Brisbane. Almanacker and Origin historian Liam Hauser takes us back to how it all came about.

Almanac Rugby League: Generations of Brethren

Brothers Football Club, the O’Hanlon family and a particular table go back over a hundred years. Matt O’Hanlon, part of the third generation, shares this tale of one family’s life in footy – they just love it!

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: The ‘hand grenade’ episode

State of Origin I of 2020 was supposed to have been played this last week. It got Liam Hauser thinking about a significant moment that has its 20th anniversary today

Almanac Rugby League – Another perspective of Channel 9’s ‘The Greatest…’ series

Rugby League author Liam Hauser takes issue with the Channel 9 panel as he responds to their recent series of programmes on the greatest rugby league Grand Finals and the greatest players from State of Origin.

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 Rugby League – State of Origin III: Back-to-back Blues

Now that is what you call a game at State of Origin level! The NSW Blues and the Queensland Maroons put on a game worthy of ‘decider’ status with the result in doubt until the very last play of the match. We’ve got it covered.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin III and the NRL Round 16

Come tomorrow night, it’s ‘Decider Time’ in this year’s State of Origin series. Ian Hauser previews the big game and reflects on the weekend’s NRL clashes.

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 – 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 Rugby League – State of Origin Game 3: the aftermath

Everyone’s a winner after Game 3 of the 2018 State of Origin series. And there really is no such thing as a dead rubber in this pinnacle clash of the code – here’s why.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 3 Teams

The 2018 State of Origin series, the showpiece of the NRL, concludes next week with Game 3 in Brisbane. Although the series has been won and lost, there’s still a lot to play for. Check out the team selections and our rugby league editor’s thoughts here.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: where now for Queensland?

In which direction will the Maroons selectors go when they choose their squad for Game 3 of this year’s State of Origin series? Father and Son sorted it out over lunch the other day.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 2 – the aftermath

Take your chances and you’re likely to win; miss the moment and you’re likely to lose. Ian Hauser looks at last night’s State of Origin Game 2.

Almanac Rugby League – Women’s Rugby League: Origin surprise

Georgina watched the start of the Rugby League Women’s Origin because a piece of HISTORY was happening. In fact, Georgina ended up watching the whole game, not only for the fact that finally women were playing footy on such a stage but because she thoroughly enjoyed the football.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 State of Origin Game 2: comparative modesty abounds

Game 2 of this year’s rugby league State of Origin series will be played in Sydney on Sunday night but there seems to be an unusual modesty about the way each side sees its prospects. What’s it all about?

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 2 team selections

The Blues and Maroons have selected their squads for Sunday night’s Game 2 of State of Origin in Sydney. How will they line up?

Almanac Rugby League – Boyd and Wallace walk away, one more easily and comfortably than the other

Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser gives his thoughts on Darius Boyd and Peter Wallace as both players announce major changes to their playing futures.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 State of Origin, Game 1: what on earth should we expect?

It’s Game 1 of the 2018 State of Origin series tonight. Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser ponders what’s possible but can’t quite read the tea leaves.