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]

Almanac Golf: Alice’s Restaurant and the freakish 4-iron

Just as Alice’s Restaurant isn’t necessarily about the restaurant, this golf story is about something much more important than just the golf.

In search of Jenny’s pasta

In the second round of Paddy Suggests, John Harms tells the incredible story of the 2011 Grand Final, originally published in October 2011. (This was the very piece that led me to write for the Almanac – Paddy).

Luke Beveridge, the Bulldogs faithful, and Play On

Footy means so much to so many. Just ask a Doggies supporter. In his book Play On (from the Loose Men Everywhere section) John Harms considered why. Luke Beveridge read an extract from Play On at the club celebrations last night. Here’s what the much-loved coach read.

Almanac Books: Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius (and Gideon for dinner on Nov 23)

Gideon Haigh’s new book Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the shot that changed cricket is out now. Read about the book. (Includes Catherine McGregor’s review.)

Come to dinner with Gideon Haigh on Nov 23.

Almanac memoir: Man and Beast Extract – Island Bream

John Harms doesn’t get to Fraser Island with PJ and the crew anywhere near enough. It is paradise.

Almanac Cricket: If you love cricket you love initials

There are so many elements to cricket. John Harms looks at the multi-initialled player throughout history. You probably have a favourite. A piece first published in the Cricket Monthly.

Almanac Racing: We snagged the Cup trifecta

We nailed it! Well played Lunchers (and Smokie Dawson).

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

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

Geelong Cup (2008): Bright young things

It’s Geelong Cup day today. John Harms has been reminded of a wonderful day at Geelong when the Cup was won by the same connections as yesterday, J. Dunne was in charge of his travel arrangements, and a couple of bright young things lit up the Media Puzzle room (almost). I wonder where they all are now?

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

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.

TAB Gem

John Harms popped into the TAB on Saturday.

Play On

Play On 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

The Glorious Nineteenth

Today (September 19) is the twentieth anniversary of the first start of John Harms’s first ever horse, the great mare Courting Pleasure, known as Dog on Fire, or just The Dog. She started at Murtoa in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Coincidentally, this Saturday the Murtoa Cup will be run at Murtoa.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Hawthorn: A Classic

John Harms’s piece on Geelong v Hawthorn, first published on the MCC Blog, Balcony Banter. Classic day, classic match.

Almanac Music: ‘Eagle Rock’ and the origin of The Down Trou

The Down Trou has become world famous. Lord Mulcaster remembers its Union College origins. He was reminded of those grand days recently when he was at a Union College re-Union Ball at City Hall in Brisbane. When that riff plays, there is only one thing to do…