Small steps, big steps: the story of O Tecnico and his boys

This is the story of a team of young players and their coach. By John Harms.

Almanac Odd Friday Lunch: With Garry Wilson (August 3)

Champion Fitzroy rover Garry Wilson joins us for lunch at the North Fitzroy Arms on Aug 3. All welcome.

The Reclink Community Cup: Melbourne (June 24) and beyond

Did anyone make it to the Reclink Community Cup in Melbourne this year? We’d love to hear of your experience – even in a comment at the end of this post. And dates for other Community Cup events around Australia are included in this post.

Revisiting a cricket rant from Feb, 2011 – has anything changed?

This piece, about the state of cricket and the approach of Cricket Australia, which critiques the hyper-commercialisation of the game, was published in February, 2011.

It’s interesting to read now, given the escalation of T20 cricket, and also what has transpired in recent months, and the public’s response. It would be interesting to read John Harms’s view of cricket now, and also of the AFL (given his concluding comments way back then).

Almanac Cricket – ODI: England v Australia at Trent Bridge

If you like crazy numbers it’s worth checking out this scorecard from last night’s ODI between England and Australia. [I didn’t even know it was on – JTH]

Streets of our Town: All hail the Community Cup!

With the Reclink Community Cup (Melbourne) on this Sunday at Victoria Park, we revisit John Harms’s report on the Community Cup of 2017.

Rugby league: Never the twain shall meet

An Origin memory from 2012.

What would Mark Twain have thought?

Where to, Geelong? Other thoughts?

John Harms is keeping an eye on the footy (of course) but is having trouble making sense of the season. Thoughts?

VAFA – Fitzroy v Ajax: ANZAC Day at Brunswick Street Oval, then, and now.

John Harms spent ANZAC Day at the Brunswick Street Oval helping with Auskick, having lunch (and speaking at lunch) and then watching an exciting match between the Roys and the visiting Ajax side.

Remembering J. Neville Turner

John Harms went to J Neville Turner’s funeral on Thursday, prompting a few memories and this tribute (which includes a description of Neville’s tennis serve).

Round 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: Ambitious

John Harms tells the story of a social afternoon which featured a footy match at the MCG between Geelong and Melbourne.

Commonwealth Games 2018 – Netball: Catching up with Lisa Alexander

Lisa Alexander is coach of the Diamonds. Martin Flanagan penned this profile piece (first published in The Age).

Roy Masters and a coach’s attire

Roy Masters in 1980 – with his boys at Wests. [Classic – thanks to Tim Berry]

Danga’s got the gout: welcoming new sponsor Kate Burke and Think Agri

Kate Burke loves all the good stuff. She is also a highly-credentialed and respected farming consultant.

South Africa v Australia – First Test, Durban: Thoughts and comments?

The First Test between South Africa and Australia started last night at Kingsmead, Durban. John Harms has a few thoughts. Check out the comments thread.

A response to Earl O’Neill’s fashion tips (from Tom Junod)

Earl O’Neill recently offered some fashion advice to Almanac readers – well, blokes really. He paid little attention to skivvies. This piece by Tom Junod, published in GQ, offers some counterbalance. [I am eternally grateful to Jimmy ‘Two Bob’ Weston for a number of things – and this is one of them. JTH]

Tassie footy in the context of community, people, life

This beautiful song and clip from David Bridie, set in Tasmania, is a reminder of footy and community. It’s timely.

AFLW: Tipping comp (the season starts this Friday Feb 2)

AFLW 2018 starts this Friday. Join our AFLW footy tipping comp.

Introducing Kasey Symons

Meet Kasey Symons, our new women’s footy editor who has just joined the Almanac team.

Presenting The Tigers’ Almanac 2017: Ninth no more

We bring you The Tigers’ Almanac 2017. Read all about it.