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]

Almanac Cricket: If you love cricket, you love initials.

Given the Citrus Bob Utber challenge of recent days, we’re reprising this piece from 2016.

There are so many elements to cricket. John Harms looks at the multi-initialled player throughout history. You probably have a favourite. A piece first published in The Cricket Monthly.

Almanac Footy History: Fitzroy premiers again in 1899

In the second of his Grand Finals series, John Harms tells the story of the Maroons premiership amid the push for Federation in 1899.

Round 10, 1967 – St Kilda v Geelong: History and Memory

John Harms has been enjoying Peter Clark’s coverage of the 1966 season. But something troubled him about the Geelong game which he always thought was the first VFL match he ever attended.

Almanac Footy History: Fitzroy wins the 1898 flag

The Almanac has been featuring quite a bit of Fitzroy FC history in recent times. John Harms continues the trend with this piece about Fitzroy’s 1898 premiership season. It also coincides with Anzac Day as one of Fitzroy’s footballers, Stan Reid, whose story is told in the piece, was killed during the Boer War. [Make yourself a cuppa for this one – Ed]

Almanac Obituary: Vale Michael Bowden

Michael Bowden was a wonderful man. John Harms shares a few thoughts in introducing the obituary which appeared in the Fairfax papers. [We are thinking of The Bowdens at this sad time – JTH]

Almanac Virtual: Webinar – ‘1989 The Great Grand Final’ with Harms, Wilson and Yeates

How was Dermie set up? Why was he set up? This and more intriguing questions surrounding the 1989 Grand Final revealed and answered in the Geelong Library webinar featuring John Harms, Tony Wilson, and Mark Yeates and addressed in Tony Wilson’s new book, 1989 The Great Grand Final.

A Memory of Might and Power on Cox Plate Day, 1998.

Might and Power: what a great horse! One of John Harms’s favourites. Here he tells the story of the 1998 Cox Plate.

Play On (includes Loose Men Everywhere)

Play On is the omnibus edition of John Harms’s first three books: Loose Men Everywhere, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, and Confessions of a Thirteenth Man. Read what the critics have said about them here. And copies are available through the Almanac Shop.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 2 – Carlton v Geelong: On the board.

A couple of notable debutants for the Cats, on a night that reinforced for John Harms how much people crave meaning in footy.

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.