Almanac Rugby League – A weekend of Test match footy

International rugby league received a much needed boost over the weekend with quality matches on show at both The ‘Gong and Hamilton, New Zealand. Ian Hauser sums it all up.

Russia 2018: Is this the last great World Cup?

DrCruel73 reflects on the World Cup just gone, and worries about Qatar 2022. Is FIFA about to undermine its own showcase?

Almanac Soccer – World Cup Final 2018: Les bleus à deux coupes de monde

Another World Cup has been run and done, Jarrod Landells shares his thoughts on the final and the winners

Almanac Rugby League – Race for the Paul Barriere: Week 2, Fiji continue unbeaten run, challenges gain world-wide attention

Hamish gives us the rundown on the opening stages of the Rugby League World Cup with this comprehensive wrap of all that has happened thus far.

AFL International Cup 2017 – Fiji v France

Jarrod ventured out for the sunnier half of the opening day of International Cup action and was on hand to see Fiji knock over France.

Tour de France Tragic

Parsimony admits after many bleary eyes and late nights that he is a Tour de France tragic.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 10-The Unforgettable Farewell of Zinedine Zidane (2006)

Zinedine Zidane red carded in his final game as France take on Italy in the 2006 World Cup Final. Dennis Gedling tells the tale of Italy’s 4th World Cup triumph at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 41-When Harry Met Patrick….with a Hip to the Face (1982)

Dennis Gedling tells how the West German goalkeeper at Spain 82 delivered a semi-final shirt front to rival Leigh Matthews.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 48-Italy Make It Two In A Row (1938)

Dennis Gedling’s latest history lesson on the World Cup 1938 in France, won by Italy for the second World Cup Trophy in a row, and the last one for 12 years as war broke out across Europe and Asia.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 75 – The Hand of Frog (2009)

Dennis Gedling tells how the qualifiers for World Cup 2010 were mired in controversy. The French (predictably) underperformed while the Irish cried ‘we wuz robbed’.

Less Bleu, more Roja

Euro 2012 coverage QTR Final 3 France 0 – 2 Spain Spain will play Portugal in the first semi-final early Thursday morning. Les(s) Bleus, who played in white – the colour of their surrender – will head home after losing their second consecutive match. They looked every bit the unsettled team the press would have [Read more]

A Role To Play

I have always found voting an oddly stirring experience. Possibly because it is one of those intermittent events that binds us as individuals to something bigger – reminds us that we have the privilege and responsibility to gather ourselves to decide whose umbrella we will open over our collective heads. Last Sunday I voted in [Read more]

France’s answer to Hayden Ballantyne falls

  by Bob Utber Paris in the spring without football is not football. Mind you the way the weather has been behaving here, walking up the Champs Elysees is like making your way to your seat at Arctic Park.  Not once has anybody asked me the score and there have been some big games this [Read more]

You are in the Mix

So, the last time I could bear to write it was the week after the second Grand Final.  I’m sorry to say, it still hurts.  But let me fill you all in since then: Week one:  4th October The week was rough, we came back from the second Grand final and ripped down all the [Read more]