Almanac Rugby League – Cameron Smith: Nobody did it better

Cameron Smith, arguably the greatest rugby league player of all time, certainly of his own era, has finally announced his retirement. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the man with a host of records to his name, many of which are unlikely to ever be broken.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: What are we playing for?

John Harms says that the Maroons are playing for the Queensland way of life. [This piece was first published on the Queensland TattsBet website in 2014]

Hindsight…how does this affect how you watch a replay of a sporting fixture?

When you watch sport, are you calm, relaxed and impartial or, like the rest of us, an irrational, one-eyed, out-of-character, raving idiot? Author and former sports journalist Liam Hauser looks back over his experiences in reporting and writing about sport.

Almanac Book Review – ‘State of Origin: 40 Years’

Rugby league tragic Lindsey Cuthbertson reviews Liam Hauser’s ‘State of Origin: 40 Years’, the third and latest instalment of his definitive coverage of the jewel in the code’s crown.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: The ‘hand grenade’ episode

State of Origin I of 2020 was supposed to have been played this last week. It got Liam Hauser thinking about a significant moment that has its 20th anniversary today

Almanac Rugby League – Another perspective of Channel 9’s ‘The Greatest…’ series

Rugby League author Liam Hauser takes issue with the Channel 9 panel as he responds to their recent series of programmes on the greatest rugby league Grand Finals and the greatest players from State of Origin.

Almanac Rugby League – Book Review: ‘Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland’ by Joe Gorman.

In his new book release, Joe Gorman gives an interesting take on understanding the Queensland psyche through a study of rugby league. Our reviewer, Ian Hauser, thinks he may well have a point.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin 2: A downpour of rain and tries

With a format that, in theory, could prove repetitive, State of Origin continues to deliver the drama and quality to capture the imagination of much of the nation. Sean Mortell reports on the dominant Blues effort in Perth.

Footy Park: farewell or good riddance?

As the final grandstands are demolished at Football Park, Dave Brown remembers the good and bad times, the SANFL Grand Finals, Modra, McLeod, chicken salt and the tarps at West Lakes. What are your memories of Football Park?

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 State of Origin, Game 1: what on earth should we expect?

It’s Game 1 of the 2018 State of Origin series tonight. Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser ponders what’s possible but can’t quite read the tea leaves.

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: Origin II, 2017

Queensland produced a spectacular comeback against New South Wales to level the Origin series at one game apiece. Hamish Neal has his take on the captivating game.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 1, 2017 – “This is not good”

And in loungerooms all around Queensland…

Captions please.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 12, 2017

Hamish Neal has the wrap from Round 12 of the NRL and looks ahead to tomorrow night’s State of Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Almanac News: Our site was down for a few hours but it’s sorted now

A brief note re various – including news on State of Origin from JTH.

Identity Calling

How do modern Aussies define themselves, and is increasing nationalisation changing our identity?

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: Origin II, 2016

Origin II and the series went to Qld and Hamish Neal identifies the moments that mattered.

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