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.

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.

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 (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]

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]

Almanac Rugby League: Yes, Virginia, there is meaning in rugby league

We reprise John Harms’ George Lovejoy Memorial Lecture to provide a context to our rugby league feature piece on Thursday. Enjoy this insight for its own intrinsic value and then, on Thursday, see how the theory plays out in regional Queensland.

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 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]

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 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.

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]

Almanac Life: The Age of Corona

This Age of Corona is not the first as John Harms recalls.

Almanac Memoir: Denouement, September 2010

John Harms remembers September, 2010. Especially the night of the Preliminary Final between Geelong and Collingwood, the night his father died. [First published in The Footy Almanac 2010]