AFLW Round 1 – Collingwood v West Coast Eagles (Haiku Bob): A blaze of sunshine



first game —

the slap of thongs

through the turnstiles



blotches of red

this bushfire season —

blood rule



gusting summer wind

the little sounds

from the outer



smoke haze —

the crumber shimmies

to the wrong side of the pack



pigtailed —

a toddler colours in

the footy record



women’s footy

the old woman yells

“Holding the man!”



blaze of sunshine —

all the mouthguards

after her first goal



a train

pulls into the station

final siren



first win —

the same smile

on every girl’s face



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About rob scott

Rob Scott (aka Haiku Bob) is a peripatetic haiku poet who calls Victoria Park home. He writes haiku in between teaching whisky and drinking English, or something like that.


  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Women’s footy, the old woman yells, “holding the man!”, brilliant work Haiku!

  2. Superb, HB.

  3. Love it!!! ESP holding the man.

  4. Fine form indeed HB.

  5. Love it Haiku Bob.

    that same smile.

  6. Luke Reynolds says

    You’ve set the bar high very early in 2020 HB

  7. Some belters here. Well played, HB.

  8. Thanks all!
    Such a different vibe at women’s footy matches.
    The grassroots feel.
    The sense of community.
    A brotherhood, if you will.
    I’m certainly glad to be among the fold.
    There’s something intrinsically good about the whole thing.


  9. Yvette Wroby says

    My favourite is hearing coaches yell ‘man up man up’ at women’s games generally. It’s the vena ulnar. Well done Haiku Bob. Great as always

  10. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Fine form HB. Captures the vibe and images vividly. Go Pies !!

  11. Love it HB! Like others, the “holding the man” line cracked me up.

  12. Nice.

  13. So much to like in this HB. You capture the sense and rhythm of a day out at AFLW. Cheers

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