Almanac Life: Quick hands at Uncle Stan’s in Grantham

On the tenth anniversary if the 2011 floods, we reprise John Harms’s story about his Uncle Stan and Aunty June who survived the Grantham devastation.

“My wonderful, wonderful uncle, Stan Schulz, died in 2015. He was a great man – a truly great man. He and Aunty June survived the catastrophic Grantham flood in January 2011. At the time, I wrote this story about him.”

Balcony Banter: Fifty years on

John Harms recalls the first summer of Test cricket he can remember properly. (This piece is from the MCC’s Balcony Banter blog)

Almanac Cricket (Memoir): Headingley, 1993

Recently T.G. White found some old photos of the Headingley Test in 1993. John Harms was at that Test with him.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: What are we playing for?

John Harms says that the Maroons are playing for the Queensland way of life. [This piece was first published on the Queensland TattsBet website in 2014]

Almanac Rugby League – 2020 State of Origin, Game 1: (Unlikely) History repeats

John Harms reports on State of Origin I, which reminded him of 2001.

Grand Final – Richmond v Geelong: Rain at 2.45pm (Queensland time)

Photos of the rain, at Camp Hill, three kilometres from the Gabba at 2.45 Queensland time.

The Footy Almanac Tip the Top 8 Count and Grand Final Eve Lunch

The Grand Final Eve Lunch is on again, from Melbourne, via Zoom. Ambitious? You be the judge.

Almanac Footy: The Lions, The Cats, The Gabba and The Divine

Brisbane v Geelong in a Preliminary Final at the Gabba is massive for John Harms. He explains why.

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.

Finals Week 2 – Geelong v Collingwood: Space and time

John Harms looks back at the Geelong-Collingwood match.

Almanac Rugby League: Oakey – premiers of 1975

Recently John Harms was sent a Facebook post recognising the 45th anniversary of the Oakey Bears premiership of 1975. These are some of his memories of those great sides of the mid-`70s (This is an edited extract from his book ‘Loose Men Everywhere’)

Almanac School Visits: Waterford (St Kevin’s) Writers’ Festival

John Harms will be speaking to the Grade 9s at the Waterford Writers’ Festival today (Oct 7)

Almanac (Country) Footy: Boyhood days watching Lemnos at Princess Park

In this extract from his book ‘Loose Men Everywhere’, John Harms remembers going to Princess Park in Shepparton in the early 1970s to watch Lemnos play.

Almanac Horseracing: Revisiting Murtoa Cup Day 2008 – Danga’s got the gout

It’s Murtoa Cup day to start the Spring Carnival. And John Harms re-visits he party that was Methodical Boy’s cup in 2008. [This is a version of a story first published in The Age. – Ed]

Almanac Poetry: Country Football

‘Country Football’ by Philip Hodgins. Such a brilliant poem we quoted it in ‘Footy Town’. [This post is reprised from 2013]

Almanac (Footy and Netball) Books: Minyip-Murtoa FNC’s ‘Glory Days’

The mighty Minyip-Murtoa footballers and netballers won the double premiership in 2019. The club has put a souvenir publication together: a fantastic book of stories and photographs.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Grand Final – Geelong v Port Adelaide: The chosen ones

It’s Grand Final day in the Almanac’s recollection of the 2007 season. For John Harms, it’s an afternoon he will never forget.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: Fate, nerves, Otto

Some nights in footy are etched into your brain, whether it be for the good or the bad. John Harms recounts a memorable night – the Geelong/ Collingwood 2007 Preliminary Final, and his experience of watching it from the bowels of the ‘G.

Almanac (Footy) Reminiscence: Planting a blue and white garden

It’s the first week of the finals in 2007 and John Harms and The Handicapper are contemplating the colour of the plants for their spring garden. [A version of this was published in The Age – Ed]

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 1 Finals – Geelong v North Melbourne: Finals nerves, changing routines

The pressure of a great season weighed heavily on John Harms as he found his way into the ‘G for Geelong’s first final in 2007. His worries were alleviated by a dominant performance.