Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Dam Busters

John Harms went to the footy with Theo for the traditional Geelong-Hawthorn Easter Monday clash. He thought the Hawks would fight back.

Read his story from Balcony Banter:


About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and 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 on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. MCC member? Class traitor? Do you have to wear the egg and bacon tie at footy games?
    As you say – beyond Adelaide and GWS it remains to be seen who the really good teams are, and who is flattering to deceive. Not much between 3rd and 18th. Bookies are loving it!
    (Envious of Perth)

  2. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    It was a goal a minute kind of quarter, that last one. And I like the visual of the ladder with 16 teams between you and the rivals as bookends.
    Must have felt awfully good.

  3. Trucker Slim says

    Your big beaming smile could well be the refraction by an opposite mirror of my frowny frown.

    Well deserved win and … that’s all yer getting.

    I thought Theo almost considered my suggestion to join the Hawks when I put it to him on the train. Maybe not.


  4. Grant Fraser says

    I agree completely – that spot outside the library is fantastic. The lounge chairs are even better. I am looking forward to Patto, Cummins, Starc and Heazelwood ripping into the Poms. That is all I have to bring joy to my heart for the next 6 months or so.

    But we Hawks will return…and we have long memories. #Always.

Leave a Comment