Footy Poetry: Mongrel Punt Proverb


When scores are level in the last
and the final bell’s about to blast

and the greasy Sherrin lands
into your trembling hands…

remember that a mongrel punt
is all it takes to hit the front.



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


  1. Luke Reynolds says

    If only just one more of those mongrel punts had gone through on September 29th last year….

  2. E.regnans says

    Love it Damian.
    It taps a fond memory of Under 17s footy for me – I didn’t kick many goals that year. But a roosted mongrel punt on the siren from general play got us across the line one muddy Sunday.
    Thanks for taking me back.

  3. Plugger in the ’96 prelim. As a neutral I loved it, even though it was a drop punt…

    Love your poetry DB.

  4. DBalassone says

    Wow, that sounds like a great moment ER, every kids dream. Glad to help you relive it.
    Too kind Mickey, I was also thinking Barry Breen, but Plugger’s point is one of my favourite footy memories too.
    Spot on Luke, I have to be honest and say that I can’t stop re-imagining the last two minutes of the GF…and somehow finding a way to hang on. I need to move on.

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