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.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 2 – West Coast v Collingwood

The Pies ventured West to tackle the Eagles. Matt OÇonnor’s interests were torn between fictional political drama and real-life midfield battles.

Bruce Dawe RIP – the Larrikin Laureate

Australia’s Everyman poet Bruce Dawe died on April 1st. His words and sensibility live on in thousands of hearts that have laughed, cried and nodded on reading his words over 60 years. His footy poems “Life Cycle” and “High Mark” are embedded in the heart of the game.

Back in Time – Part 3: More of the Bombers

More clippings from Pamela Sherpa’s Bombers scrapbook from the 80s.

Vale Bill Withers

You may not have known the late Bill Withers by name, but you probably knew some of his songs.

“Covid-19 and regional clubs” from The Saturday Paper

An institution in the social livelihoods of everyday Australia, local footy clubs have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Saturday Paper has the details from the ground by a few from those very clubs.

Should parents get their children into swimming lessons from a young age?

An in-depth look at the merits of teaching swimming at an early age for survival reasons from Shannon Cole.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 2 – Richmond v Sydney

As Round 2 continues in 2007, the Swans fresh off a flag and a Grand Final looked for long stretches the definition of a quality side, but the young Tigers didn’t fade away. What was ultimately false hope became mere fodder for the devil on Howard Kimber’s shoulder.

The Footy Almanac 2007 – Ladder after Round 1

Following on from Round 1 from the Footy Almanac’s first iteration in 2007, here’s the ladder of the season – updating weekly so you can track how the year progressed for your team.

The 2020 Mark Twain Cup – Round 3

Earl O’Neill channels his mentor Mark Twain on AFL leadership “The trouble ain’t there is too many fools, but that lightning ain’t distributed right”.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Round 2 – Brisbane v St Kilda

We enter Round 2 of the 2007 season with a rare foray into prime-time for the once mighty Lions. Tony Roberts liked what he saw as the post-threepeat generation tore apart a hapless Saints outfit who themselves were favoured to finish high on the ladder.

Almanac Poetry: Two Championship Performances

Kevin Densley compares two spectacular feats from two different eras. [Welcome Kevin – Ed]

Round 16 2019 – Western Bulldogs v Geelong: Notes for Yoshi’s playing No.1

With the footy season postponed, Yoshi is watching footy replays, picking up hints from passages of play to help him develop his footy skills.

The journey home from the Arctic – well almost! An odyssey in itself.

Wow! What an epic journey it has been for Richard Marlow to return to Australia from the wilds of the Arctic before the borders are closed. Read his amazing journey here.

Almanac Five Day

Happy Almanac Five Day (for April 5). It would help enormously if you made a $5 contribution towards ensuring the Almanac is sustained.

Almanac Horseracing: Sal previews Doncaster day

Sal Ciardulli previews Doncaster day, a huge day of racing in Sydney, and looks at the cards at Caulfield and Morphettville too.

Bruce Dawe: A Poet remembered

Vin Maskell is a huge fan of Bruce Dawe, and shares his previously published stories of the poet as a tribute to celebrate the life that has just passed.

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.

1981 Revisited – Round 1 Carlton v Richmond: ‘Just Like Starting Over’

Sam Steele begins his journey through the season that was 1981. Coming off a Tigers premiership, things looked good. Little did he know what the next three decades would bring.