Battle of the Football Codes


On Aussie Rules


Perhaps we should not overlook
what soccer fans have said:
‘an oval ball, an oval ground,
for men with oval heads.’



 A Rugby (League) Poem


At the close of play
what did Hopoate say
to Mal Meninga?
Smell my finger.



The World Game


The European conquerors
took soccer to the nations;
like rabbits it’s the tell-tale sign
of British occupation.





About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a delusional Collingwood supporter who writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Matt Zurbo says

    Mate, simple, brilliant, inspiring! Totally. Gunna change a nappy then write!! Thanks heaps!

  2. Ha ha,
    It took me a couple of reads to realise that there
    is much more going on in these verses.
    Well played, Damo

  3. Thanks Matt & Smokie. I concede these stanzas are a bit disjointed and probably just an excuse to get a bit of verse on Hopoate out there. Cheers.

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