Almanac Poetry: A greeting from Bruce Dawe

This piece was written by John Harms just after he had received a beaut greeting card from Bruce Dawe around Christmas time 2016. Bruce Dawe’s poetry, loved by many, was special to John Harms.

Almanac Footy History: An afternoon of footy with Fred Goldsmith

Richard Davis’s piece about Fred Goldsmith reminded John Harms of the time in 2008 when he visited Fred at home in Spotswood and they watched the Swans take on Melbourne.

Almanac Rugby League – Getting into the nostalgia thing

The rugby league faction within The Almanac community is joining in the nostalgia focus emerging on the site this week. We go back to a classic by John Harms to set the scene for what will be a series of pieces over the coming months which will offer insights into the code.

Almanac Flashback: He’s Talking – by Pamela Sherpa (our Snowy Mountains Correspondent)

What was John Harms doing in Canberra this time 11 years ago? We reprise a story by Pamela Sherpa from March 2009 that explains all. He will be in Canberra again, on April 3, for the Footy Almanac Canberra Lunch. [Deatils in the post – Ed]

It’s Hot

John Harms remembers hot days on the Darling Downs.

Almanac Golf (and Weather): Dry

John Harms returned to Oakey again this holiday season. He played nine holes at his beloved Oakey Golf Club. There was no sign of rain.

The Greatest Sports Photo of 2019

This is a superb photo. The mighty Greens. Photo by Jasmine Hirst. [With some words from JTH – Ed]

Almanac Footy (and Racing): The Benefit of a St Kevin’s Education

As revellers prepare for the SKOB’s Grand Final Luncheon and a weekend of VAFA grand finals, John Harms considers the benefit of a St Kevin’s education.

Almanac (Footy) History: 1963 Grand Final – Geelong v Hawthorn, final quarter

Peter Flynn has found the YouTube of the final quarter of the 1963 Grand Final. The link is here. This is an excellent way of paying tribute to Polly Farmer at the time of his passing, Aug 14, 2019. [Includes some observations from JTH. Add yours – Ed]

Ashes 2009 – First Test Day 2: The Australians fight back

The First Test of the 2009 Ashes series was played at Cardiff. Day one saw England bat impressively. John Harms took up the action on Day two.

AFL Round 17: Cats comeback revitalises fans

Geelong and Hawthorn clash this weekend in Round 18. Let’s go back a decade to Round 17, 2009 in that era when the gap between these two great clubs was wafer thin and the winning margins even less. Giddy times indeed for John Harms!

Almanac Time Capsule – AFL Round 14 2009: Observing the Saints fan

Round 14, 2009, when two undefeated teams met in one of the best games in years. John Harms was in the crowd observing more than just the footy.

Round 16 – Western Bulldogs v Geelong (and others): The sweep of Season 2019

John Harms was worried about the Dogs game – and the Dogs were too good. What is going on at Geelong? And while we’re at it, at Collingwood? And who is on the march to September? [The wisdom of more than one weekend preferred – Ed.]

Almanac Flashback: Harms on the speccie revisited

A decade ago, John Harms penned some words on the speccie, and its place in footy. (The comments that follow will bring back many memories – Ed).

Round 7 – Geelong v Essendon: Dips, I’ll fill you in.

For Dips – some notes on Geelong’s win last week. Can anyone else help fill Dips in? [Busy week – JTH]

Almanac Racing – Warrnambool Carnival: Pilgrims’ Progress

We love re-visiting this yarn at Bool time…

John Harms leaves home at sunrise for a pilgrimmage to the Bool. He meets quite a few fellow-travellers.

Almanac Poetry: Les Murray – ‘Nocturne’

Sadly, Les Murray died yesterday. We featured this poem, ‘Nocturne’, in the early days of the Almanac site. It is one of John Harms’s favourite Les Murray poems.

Ultimate Wool Teams: Vic, Riverina, WA and SA

In this week’s Footy Record a (provisional) National Wool Team will be announced. It’s picked from these four regional squads.

Local Footy: Adelaide Lutheran, premiers 1986.

This was first published a few years ago for the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Adelaide Lutheran premiership. Well, five years have rolled on. The 1986 players are getting together with the 1991 premiership players (how many played in both?) this Saturday. Here’s the story of the first quarter. [Forget Gordon Agars – Ed]

Finals Week 1 (2016) – West Coast v Western Bulldogs: Dogs’ day away

Remember when Liam Picken played a manic forward role in the Thursday night final in Perth! John Harms on the remarkable September upset from the Western Bulldogs over the Eagles that night. [One of Liam Picken’s finest – Ed.]