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: Farewell Gavin Cooper

Gavin Cooper, the resilient North Queensland Cowboys left edge forward, will retire after next week’s final round in the NRL. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the type of player every side would love to have.

Almanac Rugby League: What really matters?

Several years ago, Brett Hutchins set out to write a match review for the Almanac. Instead, he ended up contemplating the big questions of life.

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.

A Weekend in Sport

There was a lot to appreciate about the weekend’s multiple sports offerings. Ian Hauser provides his take on some of the amazing contests and looks for lessons from it all.

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 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 – Jason Taumalolo: Wrecking Ball

We’re giving rugby league a bit off a plug at the Almanac today. Our video highlight features our Player of the Round from last weekend’s matches, Jason Taumalolo from the North Queensland Cowboys.

Almanac Rugby League – The longest minute: one epic Grand Final, one family’s story, one perfect piece of storytelling

Sport imitates life imitates sport! The nail-biting 2015 NRL Grand Final between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos has spawned a theatrical production, The Longest Minute. The on-field rollercoaster performances of the Cows over two decades meets the off-field carousel of the Wright family.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Grand Final and Koori Knockout

The NRL Grand Final saw Melbourne claim a third premiership following a comprehensive 34-6 victory over North Queensland. Hamish Neal has the analysis from the big game.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Finals Week 3 plus PNG games

The NRL Grand Final is next weekend and the Melbourne Storm will attempt to win their fifth grand final, but what would be their third legitimate title after their salary cap breaches last decade, whilst the Cowboys are aiming to win a second crown in three seasons.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Finals Week 2, 2017

The Broncos secured a spot in the penultimate weekend of NRL beating Penrith whilst North Queensland travelled to Sydney again, this time beating the Eels.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Finals Week 1, 2017

The first weekend of the NRL finals series has come and gone and eight became six. Manly and defending premiers Cronulla went out after losing their elimination finals.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 26

Round 26 saw the Storm ensconced in first place so the ladder interest was around which team would get fourth spot (and secure a double-chance in the finals) plus who would finish eighth with three sides jostling for two places heading into the weekend.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 25, 2017 + CC Final

As the NRL season winds its way toward the finals, Hamish Neal gives us his weekly run-down

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 24, 2017

Melbourne Storm secured the minor premiership two rounds still to go whilst the Raiders defeat to Penrith means they are all but out of finals contention unless the Dragons and Manly both lose their remaining two games.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 23, 2017

Round 23 in the NRL saw the Storm beat the Roosters (third) to extend their lead at the top of the ladder to six points whilst the Broncos (second) beat the Sharks (fourth.)

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 22, 2017

Round 22 of the NRL saw Melbourne edge four points clear at the top after the Roosters failed to win whilst a big win for the Broncos has them third on points difference with Cronulla and Parramatta also on 30 points.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 21, 2017

Round 21 of the NRL saw the top three of the Storm, Roosters and Sharks all win with Parramatta finishing the weekend in sixth spot.