Daisy Pearce


The word is out at Casey Fields
that Melbourne’s on a roll,
as Daisy pierces through the pack
and slots a crucial goal.






Originally appearing in The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018, this poem appears in Strange Game in a Strange Land, a volume of short, playful (mainly footy) poems forthcoming from Wilkinson Publishing.  Details to follow.


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About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a failed half-forward flanker who writes poetry. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Daisy Pearce was class then, she’s still class today. You’re a bit of a prophet as well as a poet and wordsmith, DB.

  2. Damian, the name “Daisy Pearce” is also the name of a champion SA baseballer. Adrian “Daisy” Pearce played third base for South Australia for many years and won the Helms award for the most outstanding player in the ’64 Claxton Shield series.Daisy fielded in front of the base instead of behind it and had an unusually deadly accurate round / under arm throw. Anyone believing he could beat Adrian’s throw was most likely sadly mistaken. Daisy was also a very dangerous batter, capable of clearing the home run fence on numerous occasions.

    Adrian Daisy Pearce is regarded as a LEGEND OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL. .

  3. PS I forgot to mention how Adrian became known as “Daisy”. With his unusual throw across the diamond, many said he threw daisy cutters

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