The Rising Reporters of Scotch College

Scotch College – August, 2013


Sports Stories – becoming a published writer

Joseph Walker, Max Wiggins, Danni Eid, Josh Barnstable, Dom Favata, Callum O’Connor


Story 1:

Scotch College and the history of Australian football. (Research)

What happened?


Who was involved?


Story 2:

The story of Cyril Rioli


Story 3:

The Story of Wayne Harmes and the 1979 VFL Grand Final

What happened?

Who was Wayne Harmes?

Why was it such an important moment?

What details will be useful in telling the story?

Research? (footage of the goal) (bio) (more bio)

What else would be helpful?


Story 4:

Your story?

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. Phil Dimitriadis says

    Is the Wayne Harmes story really necessary? Still hurts.

  2. Peter Fuller says

    Barry Price was (is?) coach of football at Scotch. He was a fine centre man for the Magpies, late ’60s. Maybe the boys could do some research on BP. Two Scotch old boys played for Collingwood in the early- mid 60s (an atypical club for Scotch boys then). Trevor Steer, vice-captain, and Ian Graham, chf, and improbably, a classical musician. They might also be suitable subjects for research.

  3. Two terrific seminars with the Grade 7s today whose knowledge ( of everything) was very impressive. But I especially loved when one of the lads told me of the relationship between Wayne Harmes and Norm Smith. I felt very good about the future of the world.

  4. charlie Hocking says

    hi John thanks so much for your talk at scotch today it was great and i am in the process of writing a story for you .

  5. Peter Flynn says

    Sound lesson plan JTH.

    Did you miss the presence of B Beamon?

  6. Thanks Charlie, I look forward to reading your yarn. I really enjoyed the sessions today.

  7. Andrew Weiss says


    Knowing that in the past you were a very accomplished teacher (well thats what a fellow Almanacker has told me) I am very disappointed that you have not done the following:

    1. Stated the key objectives you wish to cover during the day and how they will be assessed.

    2. Present your teaching in such a way that it enables differentiation and caters for all learning styles.

    3. Have made sure it fits nicley with the Australian Curriculum.

    Or have you decided to say stuff it to all of the above and let kids just learn and have fun doing it.

    Keep up the good work!!

  8. More fun and frivolity with the Grade 8s today, including some marvellous story-telling from the lads on Adam Scott and the Masters, Michael Clarke’s mop up against India, Scarlo’s toe-poke, Leo Barry’s mark, the Zidane chip-penalty and send-off as well as many others.

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