Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: WCC, WCS and NRL Trials

Hamish Neal’s rugby league wrap returns for 2017 with a comprehensive rundown of the pre-season.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 26, 2016

And so Melbourne Storm finish the NRL 2016 season on top of the ladder. Hamish Neal here with Round 26 and tips for finals week 1.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 22, 2016

Hamish Neal summaries NRL Round 22 and wonders about possible murky precedents set by the NRL drug-testing protocols, in allowing Jarryd Hayne to play.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 21, 2016

And so Hamish Neal tells us that Cronulla’s run of consecutive wins finishes at 15. But their run of undefeated matches continues, after drawing with Gold Coast Titans.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 16, 2016

Wests fullback James Tedesco’s form screams origin call up, according to Hamish Neal in his NRL round 16 review.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 15, 2016

Hamish Neal with the abridged Round 15 NRL happenings: wins for Parramatta, St George Illawarra, New Zealand, and the Gold Coast…

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 14, 2016

Hamish Neal sums up weekend NRL action, in which “Melbourne Storm registered their third shut-out for the season” in beating the Roosters 46-0.

Almanac League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 13, 2016

Hamish Neal looks at the points you may have missed from the thirteenth round of the NRL

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 9, 2016

Round 9 of the NRL and Hamish Neal provides an insightful round up.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 8, 2016

Hamish Neal sums up NRL Round 8. Cronulla seems to be able to score from anywhere.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 2, 2016

Hamish Neal on the hits and misses of NRL Round 2, in which tactics, ill-discipline and (lack of) imagination all played a part.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 1, 2016

Hamish Neal wraps the action from NRL Round 1. It’s started.

Four Bunches of Sheilas – But Only One That Can Play – The Tale of Laura and the Three Lamb-Hearted Losers

Archie sat down on Saturday to watch some sport and he was mostly disappointed as he tells the tale of Laura and the Three Lamb-Hearted Losers.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1: Eels v Warriors – A Fresh Start

Nick Campton is impressed with the Eels’ opening performance. (Parra 40 d NZ 10)

Almanac Rugby League – Revelling in the glory

I’ve been lucky enough to watch Manly play in six grand finals, and even luckier to experience them winning three. I love them all for different reasons, and the Sea Eagles’ 24-10 victory over the New Zealand Warriors is no different. It had all the qualities that we celebrate the game of rugby league for, [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – The kids are alright

The Warriors have flown under the radar very effectively in the lead-up to this year’s finals series. They managed to get into Brisbane this week with barely a mention. Instead, it was all about the Broncos, the loss of Hoffmann and Thaiday, finding someone to protect Lockyer in the defensive line, and Hodges’ gammy hammy. [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Seeing Cleary

Rugby league in Penrith faces its share of battles, that’s no secret. But on a Saturday night at Centrebet Stadium, it certainly feels like rugby league heartland. I’m visiting my mate Steve, who lives in the mountains and has the severe misfortune of being born a staunch Parramatta fan. He usually holds a torch for [Read more]