My Nonna


When I started playing Aussie Rules,
my nonna’s face turned red.
I asked her what the problem was,
and this is what she said:
‘An oval ball, an oval ground,
for men with oval heads.’


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Damian Balassone is a delusional Collingwood supporter who writes poetry and fiction.


  1. Phillip Dimitriadis says:

    Gold Nonna !!
    Hard to argue with her logic there, Damo.
    My mum used to call the footy ‘kokkino avgo’ or Red Egg.

  2. DBalassone says:

    ‘Kokkino Avgo’. That’s a great title for a piece on the Greek-Aussie Rules experience.

    The other thing my nonna used to do was shake her head after a Pies loss and say ‘Eh, Collingwood!’ as if they were a national disgrace.

  3. Jason Atkins says:

    Love it Damo. Aussie rules asks a lot of its participants. But we forget how much a simple oval ball confounds It’s viewers as well.

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