The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 20 – North Melbourne v Geelong: A scrap for 15

The Cats were on the verge of something special in 2007. John Harms was at Docklands, cheering Geelong on as they neared 15 straight wins.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 19 – Geelong v Adelaide: A dour forecast for an exhilarating side

John Harms made the pilgrimage down to Geelong in late 2007 to watch his ladder-leading Cats. With rain on the forecast, anything could happen.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 18 – Geelong v Richmond: Cats stories from afar

A weekend away in Darwin means John Harms had to watch his ladder-leading Cats from up north in 2007. Luckily, Johnson and co were in full flight against a hapless Richmond.

Everyday Obituaries: T.E. Harms, my father (1931-2010)

When, recently, John Harms reprised his piece about the 2010 Preliminary Final between Geelong and Collingwood, the night his father T.E. Harms died, he mentioned that he would go looking for the eulogy from his father’s funeral. Numerous people contacted him to encourage him to publish it. Well, this is it, published today, July 21, his father’s birthday.

Almanac (Cricket) Books: Wally Grout and Barry Jarman

In what is something of a coincidence books about Barry Jarman and Wally Grout have been published in recent weeks.
[This piece was first published in 2012.]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 16 – Brisbane v Carlton: Brown fills his boots on a picturesque Brisbane day

Travelling up for an old university catch-up, John Harms soaked in the Brisbane sun and a wonderful Jonathan Brown performance, as the Lions won an easy 2007 clash.

Almanac Golf: Memories of St Andrews

KN Dole’s piece is bringing back memories of a magnificent golf course. JTH just had to go looking for these old photos.

Almanac Golf: A Game of Golf with…Ox, DHS and Matty Finish

John Harms reports on a hard-fought match at Metropolitan Golf Club, one of Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt courses. [First published in 2012]

Almanac Golf: We can win this

The first golf team – P. Flynn, Medium Dazza Smith, Jake Norton (of the Wandering Eye) and JTH – to represent The Footy Almanac ventured to Barwon Heads. Here’s what happened. [First published 2012]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 15 – St Kilda v Adelaide: Perfect for a winter’s night

The 2007 St Kilda and Adelaide clash didn’t promise much. But John Harms was left pleasantly surprised by the winter thriller.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 14 – Essendon v Geelong: A rich night of Geelong domination

John Harms watched his Cats from Perth. His Geelong ladder-leaders were rich in skill as they waltzed over Essendon in a 2007 Friday night match-up. [This is the ‘Chaaaaapppyyy!’ game- Ed]

Advice to innocents Down South regarding the terminology of footer

John Harms prefers accuracy in the language which describes football codes and offers a basic explanation for those Southerners who are struggling.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 13 – Fremantle v Carlton: Welcome back Wiz

Needing a win, the Freo Dockers welcomed back a fan favourite for their crucial 2007 clash with Carlton. John Harms has the story.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 12 – West Coast v St Kilda: Pulling one out of the hat for Robert

Watching from an idyllic local pub in Broome, John Harms witnessed a tight clash in 2007 between the Eagles and the Saints. When the game was on the line, St Kilda managed to get the job done for milestone man Robert Harvey.

Round 2: Is that it?

John Harms is interested to know how people have responded to the return of footy.

Almanac Basketball: When the Toowoomba Mountaineers were on top of The World

John Harms still has this sporting contest in his Top Ten of all time – any sport, any level -on the night the Toowoomba Mountaineers were on top of the world.
[This 1989 finals series will be featured on Win News (Toowoomba) tonight – June 11, 2020]

1931 Grand Final – Geelong v Richmond: Cats shine in hard times

John Harms’s account of the 1931 Grand Final – between Geelong and Richmond – was first published in Grand Finals Volume 1 1897-1938 (published by Slattery Media Group). It tells the tale of a memorable match where one of the smallest players ever to pull on footy boots, Mickey the Mouse Carney, was the star, all at the height of the Great Depression.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 11 – Essendon v West Coast: Hird wills the Bombers over the line

Off the back of James Hird, Essendon launched a Friday night attack on the reigning Premiers. Watching on from a pub, John Harms describes the thrilling finish.

Introducing Hayden Kelly (and the Hayden Kelly Scholarship)

John Harms was up late one night when an email lobbed. It was from Hayden Kelly. Things have moved along since then, as this welcome explains. [Great to have you involved Hayden – JTH]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 10 – St Kilda v Geelong: Jimmy Bartel’s taken to show and tell

In front of a bursting Telstra Dome on a Sunday night in 2007, John Harms witnessed the Cats break free of a Riewoldt-led St Kilda to stamp their September intentions on the competition.