Almanac Rugby League: Masochism runs deep in the veins of all footy fans

John Campbell, a South Sydney man to the core, recalls the day he witnessed their worst ever loss to the NZ Warriors. He has the ‘Big League’ magazine to go with it.

Almanac Rugby League – Fans or brands, principle or product?

For some, they’re the ongoing diseases of top tier sport – the curses of commercialism and corporatisation. John Campbell explains it.

Almanac Rugby League – An old rivalry resumes: Roosters v Rabbitohs

Roosters v Rabbitohs – the rivalry goes back a century and more. They’re back again tonight and we’ve got them captured by John Campbell’s artwork!

Almanac Rugby League: There’s always next year

They say ‘there’s always next year’, but sometimes there simply isn’t. Mark Courtney’s poignant story recalls his decades-long friendship with his best mate, Greg, and their total commitment to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Almanac Rugby League – 2019 NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2: Total commitment

Total commitment – the fans demand and deserve nothing less. After one disaster last weekend, Ian Hauser thinks we can expect better this time around. Here’s his preview.

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.

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 – NRL Preliminary Finals + NRLW Round 3

The NRL and NRLW Grand Finalists have been decided. We run an eye over the weekend’s Preliminary Finals and come up with mixed feelings about the various styles of play exhibited.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 3 + NRLW Round 3: Preview

It’s Preliminary Finals week in the NRL with two excellent clashes in prospect. Can the Melbourne Storm earn the chance to make it back-to-back titles for the first time in over 25 years? Can the Sydney Roosters finally get to the last game of the year after being minor premiers with seemingly monotonous regularity? In the NRLW, the final round will give us our inaugural Grand Finalists – but who will they be?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 + NRLW Round 2: Results

Week 2 of the NRL Finals produced two nail-biters! Round 2 of the NRLW also produced two high-quality matches to enhance the standing of this inaugural season. Here’s how it all played out.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2

Week 2 of the NRL Finals, the semi-finals kick off tonight together with Round 2 of the inaugural NRLW round-robin. We try to pick some winners.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 + NRLW Round 1

After the most even breakdown of finalists in years, the NRL Finals get underway tonight. It’s a brave person who thinks they can pick the winners! Here’s our attempt to do just that at The Almanac.

Almanac Rugby League – Let’s get down to business

After one of the tightest seasons for yonks, it took until the last minute of the NRL season to decide the composition of the top eight teams. With Finals starting on Friday night, let’s take stock of the situation and have a look at the match-ups for Week 1.

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: Women’s Interstate Challenge + NRL Round 20, 2017

Hamish Neal covers the latest in rugby league including Round 20 of the NRL and the Women’s Interstate Challenge.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 18, 2017

Melbourne Storm had an error-filled loss to the Eels and the Sydney Roosters won a tight one against South Sydney. Hamish Neal has all of the NRL Round 18 action covered.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 17, 2017

Three teams are level on points behind leaders Melbourne Storm, after NRL Round 17. Hamish Neal brings his weekly wrap.

Almanac Rugby League: Five Metre Gap – NRL Round 16, 2017

Round 16 is done and dusted in the NRL and Hamish Neal has all the latest news and results.