Crack open the new Volleys: Offsiders celebrates ten years on air

I have been to Target and purchased new Volleys for the tenth anniversary episode of Offsiders. (Are they episodes?)

Tune in to ABCTV this Sunday (Feb 14) at 10am (after Insiders). Gerard Whateley shepherds Roy Masters who is 67, always was 67, and always will be 67, the elder statesman of Australian sport; Gideon Haigh, ROS, RHB; and me (North Fitzroy Arms correspondent) as we contemplate what has changed and what has stayed the same since we first went to air around the time of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. I suspect we are the only three panelists who have not felt the need to spend more time with our families and have gone the full distance. Miraculous really.

It’s been a lot of fun. It’s so reassuring that what you can say in a pub on a Friday night when you’re putting in your footy tips can be repeated confidently on Sunday mornings.

Thanks to all the people who have said g’day at sports events over the years.

Even Bob Davis. I had the privilege of meeting Bob one time, as warm-hearted a man as you could meet. He chatted and chatted and chatted and I could tell he was so interested in people. I used to bump into him from time to time. A couple years later we were at a Geelong game and Bob came over, shook hands, and said,’Ah, John, I never miss The Offsiders on a Sunday morning.”

“I thought you’d be at mass Bob,” I said.

“I always set the video-tape,” he said, quick as a flash.

Thanks to Barrie Cassidy and all the producers and panelists with whom we’ve worked over the years. And to the audience. You make the show. I hope your demand for a point of difference has been at least addressed by our couch conversations.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.

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