Almanac Rugby League: Early season dreams become post-season nightmares

Matt O’Hanlon and his mates would have been in Sydney last weekend for the NRL Grand Final if 2020 was ‘normal’. Instead, he was left to consider what a disaster of a year it has been for the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys ahead of a trip ‘out west’ for the long weekend.

Almanac Rugby League: What happened to the Brisbane Broncos in 2020?

Brisbane Broncos fan and Almanac regular Liam Hauser, a long-time Brisbane Broncos fan, offers his thoughts after his team ‘won’ their first ever wooden spoon.

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 – 2019 NRLW Grand Final: Brisbane Broncos v St George Illawarra Dragons – A right royal stampede!

The Brisbane Broncos dominated, out-muscled, suffocated and monstered the St George Illawarra Dragons in the 2019 NRLW Grand Final. Ian Hauser tipped the Dragons! So pass the face washer to clean the egg off his face and heat the oven for the humble pie!

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 – NRL Round 18: First on-field female referee after 111 years!

History will be made in the NRL tonight – for the first time in it’s 111 year history, there will be a female on-field referee! Congratulations, Belinda Sharpe! Ian Hauser also casts his eye over Round 18 and nominates his winners.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 17 Preview

After a better tipping effort in last weekend’s NRL Round, Ian Hauser previews Round 17 and chooses his winners for Round 17.

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 – 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 – 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 – NRL Grand Final Day winners

After an absorbing AFL Grand Final on Saturday, the NRL hosted its big day yesterday. Here’s how we saw it play out. It didn’t quite go the way we (or most people, for that matter) expected.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL and NRLW Grand Final previews

The last day in September – NRL and NRLW Grand Final Day! Injuries, possible suspensions, mind games, extended benches – it’s all there as we head for the biggest day of the year. Here’s our preview.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Preliminary Finals + NRLW Round 3

The NRL and NRLW Grand Finalists have been decided. We run an eye over the weekend’s Preliminary Finals and come up with mixed feelings about the various styles of play exhibited.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 3 + NRLW Round 3: Preview

It’s Preliminary Finals week in the NRL with two excellent clashes in prospect. Can the Melbourne Storm earn the chance to make it back-to-back titles for the first time in over 25 years? Can the Sydney Roosters finally get to the last game of the year after being minor premiers with seemingly monotonous regularity? In the NRLW, the final round will give us our inaugural Grand Finalists – but who will they be?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 + NRLW Round 2: Results

Week 2 of the NRL Finals produced two nail-biters! Round 2 of the NRLW also produced two high-quality matches to enhance the standing of this inaugural season. Here’s how it all played out.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2

Week 2 of the NRL Finals, the semi-finals kick off tonight together with Round 2 of the inaugural NRLW round-robin. We try to pick some winners.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 + NRLW Round 1

After the most even breakdown of finalists in years, the NRL Finals get underway tonight. It’s a brave person who thinks they can pick the winners! Here’s our attempt to do just that at The Almanac.

Almanac Rugby League – Let’s get down to business

After one of the tightest seasons for yonks, it took until the last minute of the NRL season to decide the composition of the top eight teams. With Finals starting on Friday night, let’s take stock of the situation and have a look at the match-ups for Week 1.