Haiku Bob – AFL Round 19 – dreaded hope

returning on cue
dreaded hope

TV game
in prime position
the sleeping dog

night begins to cool
players not yet hardened
to their task

deceived by the bounce
clouds leave behind
the moon

moonlight mixes with wine
the game starts
to open up

game in the balance
dog snores at my feet

magnolias in bloom
our budding ruckman leaves the field
a ruckman

I shout myself
a double

About rob scott

Rob Scott (aka Haiku Bob) is a peripatetic haiku poet who calls Victoria Park home. He writes haiku in between teaching whisky and drinking English, or something like that.


  1. HB – I know a few Pie supporters who have actually admitted that they think the Pies can win the flag this year. Have they committed the ultimate sin? Expectation rises.

  2. Dips

    They must be taking their lead from Eddie.
    You won’t be hearing that from me.
    But I will simply say that the gap between my most optimistic hope and realistic expectation is narrowing, if that makes sense.


  3. HB – I hear you. The gap between my realistic expectation (for Geelong) and my most optimistic hope is widening ! gulp.

  4. Andrew Fithall says

    HB – I recall back in 1990, a well-known singer and Collingwood supporter(whose name escapes me – and no it wasn’t Colleen Hewitt – it was a male), temporarily changed the words of the theme song, replacing the line “oh the premiership’s a cakewalk” with something less arrogant. I remember seeing vision of him at Victoria Park at a training session strumming his guitar and singing the revised version. Do you have any idea who the singer was and what the amended line might have been?


  5. the line was:
    ‘there is just one team we favour’

    and I’m pretty sure it was Mike Brady – who I believe is a magpie fan…

    i prefer the original.


  6. Andrew Fithall says

    Rob. You are definitely correct about the line. Subsequent research indicates they tried to introduce it in 1983 but was generally rejected. My recollection of who acutally sang it that day in 1990 is still vague but I don’t think it was Mike Brady. Although it was probably Brady who penned it all those years ago. It was someone like Shane Howard, but definitely not Shane as he is a Richmond supporter.

  7. Andrew Fithall says

    Mic Conway(Captain Matchbox etc)??? but I can find no evidence he actually barracks for Collingwood.

  8. definitely mike brady.

    i returned to vic park after an absence of 4-5 years in queensland in ’84 when (i think) this version was first played over the load speakers at the games. it had brady’s unmistakeable tone and phrasing.

    oh, and i just checked joffa’s home page and he agrees with me!


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