Introducing KB Hill: father, sportsman, writer.

John Harms met KB Hill at his 70th birthday, and this is KB Hill’s first piece for the Almanac.

Ipswich Rugby League: Goodna RLFC are premiers (again) and Ted and Tracey and TC and crew are still celebrating

Goodna are premiers which makes TC’s version of the Goodna song timely – and popular. Take it away TC.

Round 17 – Geelong v Hawthorn: The sins of their father

Patrick Dangerfield turned back time on Saturday afternoon. John Harms felt he was a kid again.

Round 20 (2009) – Essendon v St Kilda: A fine son

Jobe Watson will retire at the end of the season. He won the Brownlow in 2012, but for a long time he was heavily criticised. We re-visit John Harms’s story about a 2009 match between Essendon and St Kilda.

Vale Betty Cuthbert: ‘I felt free when I ran’

Betty Cuthbert has died at the age of 79. She embodied so much. Her attitude to running made an impression on the Almanac community in a simple and unlikely way.

Photo Gallery: The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 Launch

A fantastic photo gallery capturing all the excitement of the Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 launch. So many passionate fans of women’s footy filled the bar for this special event.

Almanac Party: The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 launch

Join us to for the launch of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 – Thursday, July 27, at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. All welcome. Details are in this post. If you can’t make it you can still order books now.

Trobers’ fiftieth anniversary celebrations: Book Launch (Aug 4) and Anniversary Dinner (Aug 11)

The La Trobe University FC is celebrating its 50th year. They have produced an excellent book – No Ordinary Football Club – which will be launched on Aug 4. All welcome. This will be an informal and entertaining lunch – of reminiscing, and character assassination. They are also having their Anniversary Dinner on Aug 11.

Streets of our Town: All hail the Community Cup!

John Harms reports on The Community Cup of 2017 – in all its splendour.

Almanac (Fun) Footy: Blundstone training night at Arden St and the Unhall of Fame

John Harms was a little nervous about going to the Blundstone training night at Arden St on Tuesday night. What did Turbo Thompson and half a dozen other players have in stall for the well-tummied crew? [Great night – JTH]

Play On

Those interested in the session at the Williamstown Literary Festival may like to re-visit Play On which is the omnibus edition of John Harms’s first three books: Loose Men Everywhere, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, and Confessions of a Thirteenth Man.

A tiny window into The Age might reveal quite a bit

John Harms received this email from The Age earlier this week. He’s trying to make sense of it. What would you tell the Age?

Michelle Payne’s story ‘Life as I know it’

Time to remind yourself of a magnificent story. Do yourself a favour.

Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Dam Busters

John Harms tells the happy Geelong yarn of the boys great win on Easter Monday.

Almanac Soccer: The A-League and the place of meaning in sport

In the lead up to Friday’s Roy Hay lunch, we reprise John Harms’s piece which was first published last October:

The A-League clubs generate heartfelt support from loyal supporters. But, given the growth agenda of Australian soccer, will the broader community find the A-League meaningful enough to get involved? John Harms considers the state of play.

Almanac Junior Footy: Looking for three footballers to play with Fitzroy Under 10-S

Fitzroy Under 9-S (about to become Under 10-S we hope) is one of the great footy teams on the planet. However, to guarantee we remain together, we need three more players. John Harms is helping with the recruiting.

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: Footy is about struggle

John Harms and family went to Princes Park last Friday night. He regards the Carlton v Collingwood match for premiership points as one of the most memorable sporting events he’s attended. Although he will never do it justice, here’s a glimpse into why.

Almanac Local Footy: Calling all Uni of Queensland Red Lions past players

As a former player of the Uni of Qld Red Lions (half a dozen games, one point v Strathpine FC) I would like to introduce president Tom Lonergan to everyone. Tom’s doing a few things at the moment: creating a database of past players (please contact him), recruiting players for a season of winter sunshine and footy this season, and letting you know about the club. [There’s a section on the club in Loose Men Everywhere

Almanac Poetry: A greeting from Bruce Dawe

John Harms has just received a beaut greeting card from Bruce Dawe. Here’s why.

Almanac Wine and Footy: Rockford, Tanunda and how to cope with winter

Smokie and Marg have been in the Barossa where they visited Rockford just outside Tanunda. As Smokie noted, this is one of John Harms’s favourite places on the planet. Here’s a story about Robert O’Callaghan and Rockford from 2009. [I love this place – JTH]