Barassi and Blight

One of the many great poems in Damian Balassone’s recently published book, “Strange Game in a Strange Land”, which we are lucky enough to share with you via the Almanac.

Robbie Flower at the Western Oval

Damian Balassone has just published a book of poems about footy greats, here’s one about the dazzling Robbie Flower.

Daisy Pearce

Daisy Pearce has returned to the AFLW this season, stamping her class on the competition immediately. Damian Balassone penned these words a couple of years ago but they still ring true today.

The Fieldsman in the Floppy White Hat

Fielding at slip on a windy day, nestled under your Greg Chappell hat, then hey! Damian Balassone’s version is far more evocative and poetic!

Poetry: The Man from Moe

Damian Balassone with a teaser from a forthcoming book of verse.

Who Killed David Hookes?

Damian Balassone pens a thought provoking view of the death of cricketer David Hookes.

Almanac Cricket – Test Team of the 80s

In a moment of sleeplessness, Damian Balassone created a super Test Team for the 1980s. What do you think of his team? Any glaring omissions?

Strange Rain

A punting windfall as expressed by Damian Balassone in his poem.

Virat Kohli

Damian Balassone has a thought or two about Virat Kohli.

Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Collingwood: My new umbrella

Despite the weather initially gloomy and the traffic bothersome, Damian Balassone was glad to reach the MCG and see his Pies conquer the Cats for a spot in the preliminary final.

Almanac Cricket – Australia’s Narrowest Test Losses: 1981-2019

Damian Balassone details some depressing Test match losses since 1981 by Australian Test Cricket teams.

Poetry: Footy Memorabilia

A brief verse from Damian Balassone on sacred totems.

Footy Language: Talking Clearly, Clearly Classified

Clearly, we have an outbreak of ‘clearly’ usage in footy language. Damian Balasonne examines the phenomenon.

Footy Poetry – Hanger

Damian Balassone on Ashley Sampi. A nod to past and present events.

Footy Poetry: Mongrel Punt Proverb

Proverbially succinct advice from Damian Balassone.

1987 Australian Open Final

Damian Balassone on a tennis great’s unfortunately timed meal of meringue, cream and fruit.

Ode to Simon Prestigiacomo

Damian Balassone measures his metre perfectly with this ode to one of the Black and Whites’ too often unheralded, underrated and unassuming servants, ‘Presti’.

Almanac Poetry: Animal Enclosure

Another footy poem from Damian Balassone, this time about a stoush between The Kid and Spud.

Oh, Darrell Hair

Darrell has a bad Hair day, as Damian Balassone conveys.

The Dancing Footballers

Poetry in motion, the dancing footballers.