Write for the Almanac this footy season: nominate an AFL game or two (or 25 games)

G’day Knackers  (GWS writers and Fitzroy writers, there’s a special note to you at the end of this)


Footy season is upon us and it’s time for all Knackers to burst through that dressing room door and onto the early-autumn turf.

This year, for The Footy Almanac 2015, we’re going to commission writers to cover games, but we’ll also take a few of the best pieces from footyalmanac.com.au

We really want the website to be alive with good match reports so, commissioned or not, if you’ve got something to say, go for it.

It’s always a juggling act for the editor (me!) and there’s always a danger of disappointing someone if you’ve been commissioned yet a cracking yarn bumps you off for that week. If that happens we’ll make every effort (as we always do) to commission you for another one.

Anyway, please don’t wait to be invited to write a piece. If you’ve got a footy report in you, go for it, and publish it on the site. We want people to read your words. I want to read your words.

Also, keep an eye on the ‘Writers’ link which will appear in the e-newsletter from time to time. If you’re not registered for the e-newsletter let me know and I will get your name down.

So, finally, if there are games for which you would like to write a report, nominate them specifically (now) by emailing me [email protected] Or just let me know that you are happy to do any game for a particular club.

Also, if during the year you learn that you will be going to a match, or some point of interest comes up abou a match, drop me a line.

I will do my best to allocate according to that wish-list.

Looking forward to a terrific writing year.

Go Cats



Note for GWS writers:

GWS and footyalmanac.com.au  have developed a partnership which includes some advertising, and some books. As part of the arrangement they have offered to feature about 12 GWS Almanac reports on the GWS website. Last year Kath Presdee featured, and I featured.

Thy got a nice response to the pieces which is why they are taking it a step further this year.

There will be a reward for writers – tickets to games and merchandise seem the likely items.

If you would like to write one of the stories please let me know. [email protected]


Note for Fitzroy writers:

This year the Almanac will be reporting on all Fitzroy matches. These pieces will be published on the Almanac site and on the Fitzroy site. The reward is a spot at one of the Fitzroy pre-match lunches.

We already have a few people interested – Phil Hill leading the charge.

If you would like to write a Fitzroy report please let me know. [email protected]





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 four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. bob utber says

    Would love to do the Rpund 23 match Geelong vs Adelaide.
    My other match would be Round 18 Sydney v Adelaide

  2. sean gorman says

    i will write on any game that West Coast looses.

  3. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    I’ll be at the Crows four (count them, four) Melbourne games, so I’ll file something on each.

    Also going this Sunday to Adelaide Oval, so may file upon my return if I don’t have Mazda lag.

  4. Yvette Wroby says

    Will be writing for 22 saints games as usual so I am up for nz gws or any other from here there and everywhere. Your own travel/footy writer. Yvette

  5. Dear Sean,
    Glad to hear that you will be improving the viewer ratings for the Mighty West Coast Eagles this season. You do have to watch a game to write about it for the Almanac. Don’t want any of this ERegnans “imagined game” reporting nonsense in the footy season.
    As I said to Aaron Sandilands during the NAB Cup.
    Break a leg.

  6. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (Very much subject to change, most neutral games coinciding with running events)….

    RD 1: Dogs vs Eagles (Docklands)
    RD 10: Port vs Dogs (Adel Oval) [Remote chance of doing St.Kilda vs Hawthorn (Docklands) depending on finances and suitable flights]
    [Remote Chance of RD 11: Suns vs Freo (Carrara) [Brisbane City2South], yet to decide on if I’m commuting back to fill in for local footy in Gladstone that afternoon]
    RD 14: Suns vs North (Carrara) [GC Marathon]
    RD 15: Dogs vs Suns (Cairns)
    RD 19: GWS vs Essendon [1sts or Reserves TBD] (Showground) [City2Surf, Sydney]
    RD 22: Freo vs Dees (Subiaco) [Perth City To Surf]
    RD 23: Lions vs Dogs (Gabba)
    I’ll miss out on Rd 2: GWS vs Melb (Manuka) given my flight doesn’t get in until 4PM which is no good for a 2PM start [Canberra Marathon]. Also after Round 19’s AFL game if the Monday Night NRL game is in Sydney (won’t know until July) I’ll at least watch that and consider even giving something on that.

  7. Two Saturday arvo games at the Cattery this year. Two! I’ll be at both of these JTH – against the Bulldogs and the Lions. As 50% of all book requests will come from Cats fans, and 85% of those will be requesting a Cattery game, I am happy to report on a Reservoir Mustangs match instead, perhaps their much anticipated return bout against the Thomastown Bears.

    (I’ll be at Monday’s match against the Hawks too – you’ll probably want a report from the winning side so you’ll need a Cats fan.)

  8. On April 25 i’ll be across the Tasman in Wellington for the Carlton V St Kilda encounter, it being only the second AFL game i ‘ve been to in the 21st century. I’ll throw my hat in the ring for that clash.


  9. First one that comes to mind is Boomer’s 400th, whenever that might be (in Brisbane if he plays every game). Might be some competition for that one and I’m sure Matt W would have strong claims too.

    I’ll be in Hobart again for one game this year, probably vs WCE in R10.

    If Eric Wallace gets a game I’d like to get something in about that.

    Otherwise I’ll just try and get pieces in most weeks and hope they’re good enough.

  10. sean gorman says

    Dear PB I will retroactively watch the games and overlay them with my incisive wit and WC loathing. I suspect it will catch on……Heaveho

  11. Colin Ritchie says

    I’ll be at all the Essendon home games except when o/s in New Orleans for Jazzfest ( Round 4 ) and a couple of interstate trip later in the year ( possibly rounds 17, 18, 20, 22 ) but all other home games I will be available ( Rounds 2, 7, 8, 10, 14, & 15 ).

  12. steve duffy says

    I’ll be writing up most GWS home games and maybe a few away. I have no particular games I really really want in the almanac – if you think any of my reports are up to scratch and worth a final tweak, I’d be honoured to have them considered. If you need a particular game covered that no one else has “claimed” let me know and I’ll make sure I do that one.

  13. Peter Schumacher says

    I would like to write up the following games in particular but may submit other as well as the mood takes me.

    Essendon Brisbane May 24
    Gold Coast North Melbourne July 4
    Brisbane Sydney July 12
    Brisbane Adelaide June 27

  14. I’ve just discovered i might need to attend the Melbourne V Bulldogs game on May 24. So that’s a second option, to allow me to put pen to paper.
    Please let me know what suits.

  15. Steve Fahey says

    Hi John

    FPS will continue to post each week on the Almanac.

    I am our rostered writer for Round 1 and am happy to write for any Pies game

  16. Peter Fuller says

    I expect to attend all Carlton games played in Melbourne. I have resolved to translate the thoughts in my mind post-match into (cyber-) print. My intention* is that some of these musings will be posted on the Almanac website.
    * I’m living proof of my (and I expect many other people’s) mother’s mantra, the road to hell is paved with good intentions (unrealised).

  17. J.T.H
    As mentioned elsewhere, I am heading to Hobart for
    North v Richmond at Bellerive, very keen on doing this.
    I will make a greater effort to step up and cover more
    North games for the site this season (as urged to do
    by Peter B in his post-season review).

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