Almanac Writers: Introducing Daniel Saunders

This is an email I received yesterday. I love getting these from keen young writers. I’m sure we’ll hear from Daniel again soon:



Hello, John,


My name is Daniel and I am enthralled to be a part of this wonderful team of journalists and writers. I am replying to give you my word of appreciation and thanks for allowing me to be here, but also to respond to your survey questions.


I recently turned 15, and I live in the harbour city, Sydney. Living here makes it a no-brainer that I would support the Swans. I first watched them play in the scintillating 2012 Grand Final, and now, I strive to watch every single game.


I have a few sports that take my fancy but the three main ones are: cricket (supporting Australia), soccer (mostly the Premier League, in which I support Manchester City), and finally, AFL.


As I am only 15, I spend hours on end studying SOHCAHTOA and the Industrial Revolution (of course, fitting in time to watch the footy!) and I do not attend university as of yet. I am, however, proud to be a hard-worker at Normanhurst Boys High School, in year 9.


I am half-Indian and half-Australian. My Indian side comes from my mother, who gives me all my facial features. My Australian side comes from my father, who gives me my love for cricket and AFL. However, my mother has a sporting background as well. Her father played domestic hockey for Delhi, India (unlucky not to receive a cap to play for India), and he was also a sports journalist.


Thank you for giving me the oppurtunity to express myself and tell my stories at the footy almanac. I am looking forward to writing for you.



From Daniel Saunders, age 15


About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. Dave Brown says

    Welcome Daniel, looking forward to reading your Swannie adventures (and hopefully cricket in the summer)

  2. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    Bravo! Another Swannie in the pages of the Almanac.
    Welcome Daniel.

  3. Ben Footner says

    Welcome Daniel!

  4. Good on ya, Daniel.
    Welcome to the Almanac!

  5. danielsaunders says

    Thanks a lot guys for accepting me into the community. I appreciate it!

  6. Welcome Daniel! Look forward to reading your work!

  7. Yvette Wroby says

    Hi Daniel brilliant start. Welcome aboard.

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