Almanac Poetry: Animal Enclosure

At Moorabbin, Derm and Spud go toe to toe,

and the Animal Enclosure watch the show.

In the second quarter, Frawley whacked the Kid,

and the larrikins applauded what he did.

In the final quarter, Dermie’s out for blood

and derails him with a god almighty thud,

and as Frawley picks himself up off from the mud,

all the larrikins are barracking for Spud.



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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. Yvette Wroby says

    Great work as always Damian

  2. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Dermie and Spud. So many great duels in the 80s. I wonder how many full cans of beer were thrown from the Animal Enclosure over the years DB?
    Wonderfully worded, mate.

  3. Knowing little about boxing (I assume that was a a bout you described), I confess the only boxers I have read about are the old time comic strip characters Joe Palooka and Big Ben Bolt.

  4. Should your poem actually be about an animal enclosure, you know all the talk around the zoo was about the mouse that made love to an elephant. It would appear the giraffe put him up to it.

  5. Thanks Yvette and Phil. Fisho, the Animal Enclosure was a passionate section of the Moorabbin crowd. Spud = Danny Frawley. The Kid = Dermott Brereton. They had some great battles. Cheers.

  6. Bob Speechley says

    I have firm memories of the location of The Animal Enclosure at Moorabbin and knowing where to go to avoid it whenever I went to away games there. I guess I felt intimidated like many visitors to the ground in those “good old days”!

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