Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 5, 2017

Round 5 of the NRL is complete and Melbourne Storm remain as the only undefeated team. Hamish Neal has all the action from the weekend covered.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 4, 2017

NRL Round 4 has wrapped up and the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm remain undefeated. Hamish Neal has the latest news.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 3, 2017

Hamish Neal with his Round 3 NRL review. He considers the upsets, the return of Billy Slater and the peculiar use of interchange, noting too that Tigers coach Jason Taylor has been given the boot.

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

Round 2 of the NRL in review, courtesy of Hamish Neal.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1: Five Metre Gap

Round one of the 2017 NRL season is done and Hamish Neal has the action from the weekend covered.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 26, 2016

And so Melbourne Storm finish the NRL 2016 season on top of the ladder. Hamish Neal here with Round 26 and tips for finals week 1.

Almanac League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 24, 2016

Hamish Neal on the jockeying of positions in NRL as the finals approach. What has happened to Cronulla?

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 22, 2016

Hamish Neal summaries NRL Round 22 and wonders about possible murky precedents set by the NRL drug-testing protocols, in allowing Jarryd Hayne to play.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 21, 2016

And so Hamish Neal tells us that Cronulla’s run of consecutive wins finishes at 15. But their run of undefeated matches continues, after drawing with Gold Coast Titans.

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

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 9, 2016

Round 9 of the NRL and Hamish Neal provides an insightful round up.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 7, 2016

Hamish Neal’s observations on NRL Round 7. Is Manly’s new streak part of a developing trend in this game of football?

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 4, 2016

Hamish Neal provides his Round 4 NRL review

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 – NRL Round 2, 2012: Manly v Tigers

There is a saying of the Buddha that “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned”. It’s true. Ever since the Round 21, 2011 clash between Manly and Wests Tigers I have been unable to use my [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Dragons/Tigers: The link between footy and the dishes

There has been precious little written about the link between the NRL finals and washing dishes. Perhaps because I’m the only evidence of this link. At half-time in last year’s grand final, with the Roosters leading 8-6 in a tight game I was a ball of nervous energy. With more than three decades of waiting [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Channelling Tricky

I was born into an Aussie Rules family and growing up on an aboriginal mission in central Australia I was totally unaware of the existence of Rugby League for the first ten years of my life. When I was in year three my parents went on a sojourn to Europe for three months and as [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Monday night is punt night

The Wests Tigers entered this match on the back of a 6-0 winning streak and only a mentally-ill pundit would have tipped anything but a Tigers victory. I would have thrown “Titans diehard” in the above category but I think there are about as many of them as there are genuine Gold Coast Suns and [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Monday’s closing in

When you have put The Bear to sleep (no longer able to play) there is nothing better than combining all the Fs at the footy. Family, friends, food, fruit from the vine(s) and fun. No matter where you are when this is locked in place, the footy looks after itself. In today’s match-up, it is [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Loving The Locals: Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels

Loving the Locals Leichhardt life is a peach. “Why?” I hear you ask To say that my wife, Ronnie, is a very committed Tigers would be akin to saying that Pope Benedict XVI is a very committed Roman Catholic. For mine though, where else is it possible to wed a café culture to the rough [Read more]