The Footy Almanac Tip the Top 8 Count and Grand Final Eve Lunch





The Footy Almanac Grand Final Tip the Top 8 Count and associated Grand Final Eve Lunch will be held, Zoom-style, on Friday, October 23 from 1pm. This could be the only lunch with a mathematical formula (which is used to decide the winner) as its logo.


All welcome.


Tip the Top 8 2020 Leaderboard with 1 round left:


Theo Harms                   31

Joe Wilson                    35

Mike Lourey                  44

P. Flynn                          50

Susie Wilson                  53

Dominic d’Hullier          54

Swish Schwerdt             57

Max Wilson                   59

Alan Stewart                  70

Trev Blainey                  72



The extravaganza will include:


The Tip the Top 8 count.

Matt Quartermaine’s thoughts on 2020.
Some regulars.
Some interviews with reasonably interesting people.
Some interview with blokes who know a fair bit about the 1967 Grand Final.
Some crosses to places which are not locked down where lunch is actually lunch. i.e. everywhere except Melbourne.
Some parents defending their Richmond son.
Some stories about the Gabba.
A Cox Plate Sweep.
Weather reports.


Please register for the event by sending JTH an email HERE.


We will send you the Zoom link once we hear from you.


Then organise some lunch for yourself, charge your laptop, chill, pop, uncork, decant, whatever.


It may just work. It may not. We’ll try to keep it short and sharp. And you can dip in and out as you like.


We invite a donation to the Almanac cause. Each $10 will get you a ticket in the Cox Plate sweep.


Thanks to Sean Mortell for helping to organise this event.


For those with any technological issues – call Sean Mortell from 12.30 onwards at 0468628312 for help connecting to Zoom.

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 (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. So you’re saying you want me to start drinking at 10 in the morning in Perth? Count me in.

  2. Great breakfasts:

    Nutri-Grain with Kahlua and milk
    A scotch and water and a look around
    Bloody Mary followed by the full fry-up

  3. Trevor Blainey says

    Will start the day with a walk around the Edinburgh Gardens followed by a Breakie Roll and takeaway Flatty from Hoppa and Joe’s in Fairfield then lurch towards lunch which will likely be a Fergies pasty and something sturdy from Heathcote. What could be more Melbourne on Grand Final eve?

  4. Yvette Wroby says

    Chicken soup and a japanese whisky on the menu. See you all then. I can also bring Colin which is always a plus

  5. I might go for the sausage roll and sars special or find a mate and head to the Holdy for the two schnitzels and jug of Coopers for only $25 or sit on the back veranda with some soup and sparkling ale.

    All good Friday options in 5045.

  6. Will attempt to check in from work on Friday arvo

  7. Night grand final!! Crickey I’d better pace myself.

  8. This is a great idea but I will actually be taking advantage of Melbourne’s extraordinary new 25km freedom and indulging in the novel pursuit of catching up with some friends in person!
    Besides I’m not sure I’ll be great company on Friday – feeling very uneasy about this one!

  9. Some Sid’s Party Pies and Sausage Rolls alongside the usual Grand Final eve shenanigans… Count me in!

  10. Dennis Gedling says

    Will you be able to show Percy how to use Zoom.

  11. Kevin Densley says

    Looking forward to this!

  12. Luke Reynolds says

    Scheduled to play cricket on Friday, but 10-15mm of rain is also forecast. A rare occasion that I’m hoping for a game of cricket to be washed out.

  13. Superb.

    Will zoom in from this home bunker.
    Long bombs to Snake.

  14. Hope it all goes well, I’ll be working and paying some visits to the letterbox and my GP (nothing serious).

    I’m with you Stainless, verrrrry nervous about this one.

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