It’s Hot

John Harms remembers hot days on the Darling Downs.

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

Saturday night wasn’t one to remember, so let’s revisit a happier day for Saints fans. 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.]

Round 1 (2009) – Richmond v Carlton: Ransacked by Visigoths

This piece by John Harms was published just after the opening round in 2009. Stainless Steele’s series reminded us to reprise it here.

Sarah’s Big Swim – Part 2: Australia is hot

Sarah Wapling continues to train for Sarah’s Big Swim. This is the traditional Equino report outlining what she has done over the past four weeks or so.

A tribute to Les Carlyon

John Harms knew Les Carlyon by his words. He pays tribute to the classic Australian story-teller.

Almanac Horseracing: Our Andy’s Paisley Park wins the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham

Almanac form analyst and red wine connoisseur Andy Gemmell’s horse Paisley Park has won the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Go you good thing! [Watch the race and also read the profile – Ed]

Almanac Cricket (Terminology): What is the correct name for the box/protector/cup?

The humble box has come under scrutiny in the last 24 hours – since Mickey Randall purchased a new one for a forthcoming return to cricket. What are the different terms used for a ‘box’? And, ni this piece, John Harms has included videos of the most famous cricket box incident in history – featuring David Bumble Lloyd.

Sarah’s Big Swim – Part 1: This is Sarah

Sarah’s Big Swim is one of THE sporting events of 2019. John Harms explains. [That would be Sarah Wapling – Ed]