Almanac Rugby League – The cursed existence of a Roosters supporter

All supporters do it tough at times. Its part of the attraction, addiction even, of passionately supporting a sporting team.  In a cruel sort of way, we need to experience the dark, heavy feeling of despair that lingers for days after a loss to also truly appreciate that overwhelming, sun-is-shining, birds-are-singing, life-is-good elation that takes hold after a win. But [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Reunion Rugby League

By Pete Abela The last time I went to the footy with Robbo was on the 2nd of July, 1989. The match on that occasion was between South Sydney (who would go on to be minor premiers) and Penrith (who finished second that year, but bombed out of the semis). In those days, the Panthers [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Free of the rubbish and smiling

I love rugby league. A few years ago, I was asked by a neighbour whether I had watched the Bledisloe Cup. I explained that I had not, because it clashed with 13th placed Penrith playing 14th placed North Queensland in the mud, in front of 5,000 people. He still thinks I was joking. And so, [Read more]