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 Books: Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius (and book launch on Oct 18)

Gideon Haigh’s new book Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the shot that changed cricket is out now. Read about the book. Come to the launch. Read a review.

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.


John Harms popped into the TAB on Saturday.

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 (Loose Men Everywhere) 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.

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…

VAFA Section B – Parkdale v Fitzroy: The Wait

John Harms will always remember Parkdale v The Mighty Roys. [With sincere gratitude to the players, coaches, and all those behind the scenes who make it happen – JTH]

Almanac Bigger (Sports) Picture: Radio National and the National Museum of Australia join forces for a Big Ideas program on all things sport

Last Monday Radio National broadcast an edited version of the panel discussion held at the National Museum on Aug 18. It includes Sally Shipard, Louise Burrows, Christian Sprenger, Chris Sarra and John Harms. Hosted by Paul Barclay.

Round 22 – North Melbourne v Sydney: Lunch and Footy in Tassie

The Almanac Lunch in Tassie was a cracker. John Harms tells the story of the footy from Blundstone Arena and the lazy Friday afternoon at the Ball and Chain Grill. He looks forward to the tradition continuing.

Almanac Olympics: Polishing Tarnished Ideals (an extract from the Griffith Review 53 – Our Sporting Life)

In this essay, extracted from The Griffith Review 53 – Our Sporting Life, John Harms remembers two wonderful months immersed in the theory and practice of Olympism at the little-known International Olympic Academy, at Ancient Olympia, in Greece.

Almanac Olympics: Saudade

John Harms caught some of the closing ceremony from Rio this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see the reference to saudade.

Almanac Music: Hell’s Bells chime across the half forward flank

ACDC’s Hell’s Bells bobbed up in an unlikely place and was almost the highlight of the season. But there was something better. John Harms explains.

Lucky 23: A review of Work Work Work

Here’s what John Harms saw in this show, Work Work Work which made him laugh a lot, and made him want to write something in appreciation

The Griffith Review – Our Sporting Life out today (Aug 1)

This is sure to interest those who enjoy some meaty sports writing. It’s out today (Aug 1).

Local Footy: Adelaide Lutheran, premiers 1986.

This was first published a few years ago for the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Adelaide Lutheran premiership. Well, five years have rolled on. The 1986 players are getting together with the 1991 premiership players (how many played in both?) this Saturday. Here’s the story of the first quarter. [Forget Gordon Agars – Ed]

Junior Almanac – Preston Bullants v Fitzroy Under 9-S: Last week the banner, this week the race

Last week it was the banner, this week they experienced the joys of ‘the race’. Joey, skipper for the day, leads the Fitzroy Under 9-S out at the famous Cramer Street ground at Preston. Joey kicked four.

Almanac Golf: The Troon gloaming and other crimes

John Harms has been to Troon. [This is today’s newsletter]