Almanac Rugby League: Cumbria calling

Kevin Haney, our Cumbria-based rugby league correspondent, tells us a bit more about the game in the north of England and shares his thoughts on the Australian situation.

Almanac Rugby League – NSW Country Rugby League……Then and Now

Michael Croke from central western NSW is a teacher and former broadcaster with a long memory of country football. He recounts the good old days in Dubbo in the 60s and 70s.

Almanac Rugby League – The 1965 Grand Final: St George Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs

John Campbell remembers the day his Dad took him and his little brother Lonno to the 1965 Sydney rugby league Grand Final. Caught up in the massive crowd, John and Lonno didn’t see much that day but their experiences, real and imagined, left a huge impression.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5, 2012: Brisbane vs St George Illawarra

Thank god for Andrew Voss. That’s not a statement I ever thought I would find myself typing, but after a month of ruined Friday nights courtesy of Ray Hadley’s execrable commentary, hearing the dulcet tones of Vossy, everyone’s 17th favourite sports caller, came as a welcome relief. If, as has been suggested, Hadley is viewed [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Chosen Ones

Jack Straw is a recluse but not completely. The house he bought on Jubilee Avenue in the early fifties sits dilapidated but now he rarely leaves the comfort of it. He walks down to his beloved oval, Jubilee Oval five or six times a year to watch the “mighties” go round, as he calls them. [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – The Lang Park Report: 17 September 2011.

By Greg Strohal My maiden visit to Lang Park was a memorable one. The crowd some 48,000 was primed for an epic contest. We caught the bus from Adelaide Street and arrived at Lang Park and were greeted by a real buzz surrounding Lockyer’s last. We walk around to Caxton Street and took the obligatory [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Weyman sets the Dragon’s tone

What proved to me that Wayne Bennett is a coaching genius was the signing of Michael Weyman when he headed to the Dragons in 2009. For the record, I was aware of Bennett’s record of success with the Broncos (being a Dragons fan in 1992 and 1993, it’s impossible not to). But it was only [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Dragons go close

I don’t miss too many Dragons games. Whether live or on TV or even on the radio I’ll make a serious effort to catch the game each week. I’ve even been known to submit to that unique form of pain – watching a match you’ve recorded earlier that evening even though you already know your [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – The Form Slump

    The once-mighty (often mighty, actually, when you consider the 11 premierships in a row) Dragons are in a slump. The reigning premiers played the very sharp Melbourne Storm outfit on Friday night, in far-off Melbourne town. The slump is about to get deeper. Those close to me would argue that of all the [Read more]