NRL Round 15 – Prop in the Canefield: You Gotta Love Footy!

The Big Fella has made the trip Out West to the Injune Cup where he, Tommy and Tiny have eaten half a beast, lost a whole beast, failed to back a winner and engaged in some of the most brilliant mathematics of backlines since Pythagoras played five-eighth for Samos. [Outstanding – Ed]

NRL Round 1: Viva Las Vegas!

‘And now for something completely different’, as they used to say in Monty Python terminology. Rugby League comes to Las Vegas to kick off the 2024 NRL season.

NRL Round 9 – Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs: Bunnies in Brisvegas

Russel Hansen starts the new school term today with a big smile on his face, courtesy of his Rabbitohs’ solid win against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 9 of the NRL.

Almanac Rugby League: NRLW Round 4 and NRL Round 2

Ian Hauser reports on both the NRLW and NRL rounds from the rounds that past, with some of the best run sequences of plays he’s ever saw in the NRLW’s competition between the Broncos and the Dragons. He makes his next round of tipping on which teams are most likely to take home the points as the weekend looms closer.

Almanac Rugby League – 2021 NRLW Round 2: Waterlogged!

Ian Hauser recounts Round 2 of the 2021 NRLW season with Lauren Brown a standout for the Broncos as they topple Knights on their home turf

Yvette’s Very Excellent Adventure Chapter 53: A Night of Football

Two Almanackers meet on the other side of the globe as Yvette Wroby goes to her first game of American football. Great seats, an open roof and millions watching. It’s a whole new world of security, scale and timing, topped off by the perfect storm of a game.

Almanac Rugby League – What happened to Gus Gould’s hair?

I’m in Brisbane for the weekend visiting family. It’s the first chance I’ve had in many a year to watch a Friday night game live on television. It’s also the first chance I’ve had to watch Channel Nine’s pregame ‘entertainment” too. Mercy me. So let’s start with the (actual) white elephant on the commentary panel: [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – A deserved win

As a Broncos fan who has always had a strong dislike of Manly, I’ll get the difficult part over with straight away: I have to admit Manly deserved to win. In all honesty I wasn’t expecting the Broncos to win. With Darren Lockyer missing, I sensed the Broncos wouldn’t quite have what it took to [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – On the road

We are under immense pressure to perfect what shapes as a great game. We are in the trusted Commodore heading north. The only friend of the driver is the ABC radio and the pressure is from my obsessive goal to hit Miriam Vale at half-time to have the finest road food in Queensland –possibly Australia [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – The fairytale continues

For someone who appears not to particularly enjoy the attention of the public spotlight , Darren Lockyer gets plenty of it. Don’t get me wrong, Lockyer is entirely accommodating with the media, public and corporate demands. He is pure sporting hero. But I can’t help think sometimes the demands of attention must be tiring and [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – The fairytale continues

For a lot of people the main focus of this game involves Wayne Bennett and Darren Lockyer. The pair established a strong relationship when Bennett coached at the Broncos, slotting him in at fullback early in his career before moving him to five-eighth – and moulding him into an international in both positions. But more [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – All goes to script

So here I am, sitting in my house in Melbourne, straight off the plane from a business trip to India, with a mate from England, ready to watch a game of footy between a team from Queensland that everyone in NSW hates playing a team from NSW that everyone in Australia (outside of Manly) hates. [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – A Day for Darren

Tickets for this match sold out weeks beforehand, in fact well before I was asked to review it for the Almanac. So I watched on the big screen in the lounge after an earlier sumptuous lunch. With pen and paper poised and radio on hand to get comments from ABC Grandstand, I was up for [Read more]