Almanac Party: The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017 launch (July 27)

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.

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.

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]

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.