JTH on the movie that is the 2014 season.
John Harms travels to the nation’s capital for a few days of footy culture, and watches Kevin Sheedy’s reaction to the Giants’ (brief) stirring.
Thanks to everyone for turning up to Manning Clark House to hear Geoff Pryor at his story-telling best. Really interesting night. And then on to Eastlake FC to see that crazy game between Richmond and Essendon. [With thanks to Manning Clark House and Bas Clark too...and an added treat when Donny Dwyer lobbed at Eastlake!]
JTH with some thoughts on Geelong-NM, Round 19 generally, and the line-up of top-of-the-table matches throughout August
JTH wore gloves for the first time in a long while on the weekend. He remembers the frosty mornings of his primary school years.
In 2005, Christian Ryan, in my view a brilliant editor, was in the seat at The Monthly. Indeed he was the first editor there. He sent me on a trip around Queensland and this is what I found. Can anyone add to the observation and contemplation? [15 minute-read]
JTH spent Saturday night at Rowdy’s 50th birthday celebration where the family room became Bay 13 for 40+ revellers (and more?)
Ever seen the bar stopped. JTH has seen beauty do it. And while at the Royal Exhibition Hotel in Sydney on Saturday he was part of a textbook example of it.
Tell us where and when you have seen it happen.
JTH’s association with the great Vintage Crop began in a pub in Dingle in 1993.
JTH on greasy poles, the state of the football nation, and how Eddie McGuire can fix all things with a cup of coffee.
JTH loved the Suns-Pies clash from Carrara. The Gold Coast’s interchange-free last quarter was highly illustrative. It returned the game to its traditional form.
JTH looks at the changing orthodoxy in World Cup matches, unknown Wimbledon seeds and free-spirited footy.
AFL Round 14 – Gold Coast v Geelong: Who (possibly plural) plays on G. Ablett this Saturday evening?
JTH wishes he were going to Broadbeach this weekend, although he will be having fun at the St Monica’s Tennis Club Trivia Night in Moonee Ponds instead.
Who wins this important fixture?
Four tight finishes in a round of exciting footy. JTH enjoys the idea of the pillars of society dropping their guard in the evening cold in the MCC Members, and reckons Port have nothing to fear.
JTH thanks Her Majesty for the celebrations.
In yesterday’s review JTH looks at the big presence of Tex Walker, and argues you write Geelong off at your wallet’s peril.
“For minutes Loz Daley and crew had been pacing the coaches’ box drawn into the contest with a deeply satisfying un-professionalism. This was raw emotion. And tension will change us all.” writes JTH on another classic Origin.
John Harms says that the Maroons are playing for the Queensland way of life.
John Harms sees a guaranteed place in the finals for the Gold Coast Suns. History and the draw matter, but not as much as the quality of the emerging team and its cast of talent.