Haiku Bob: The 2020 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

Dear Knackery,


It’s that time of year again.


Grand final day—
the stadium fills
with hope


The Covid pandemic has turned the world upside down. And there is no better example of that than this year’s AFL Grand Final being played in Brisbane! It’ll be one for the history books and something that none of us will forget.


One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is this year’s running of the annual Grand Final Haiku Kukai! Yes, it’s back! Haiku poets and non-haiku poets alike from all corners of the globe are invited to tune into the big game and produce the only live haiku call of a major sports event anywhere in the world! (that we’re aware of).


This year will be the 9th time this event has been staged. Last year, the kukai produced a memorable call of a very unmemorable game when the Tigers obliterated the Giants. You can read the highlights of that call here – ‘Nursing six-packs to their chests’. This will give you a feel for how we roll. As far as rules are concerned, all styles of haiku are fair game (5-7-5 if you must) as long as it does not promote sexist, racist, homophobic or any other bigoted or ignorant views. I will be the judge of that and no correspondence will be entered into. But I know I can trust you lot.


As in previous years, this is a Facebook only event – you can join here – but if you don’t have FB and are interested in getting involved (eg. me posting your haiku for you) let me know in the comments section below and I’ll see what I can do.


Thanks to Covid, many of us will be watching from home, but wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whoever you barrack for, even if you hate footy, send us some haiku of your experience of the day. This is a most unique grand final experience.


See you at the game!

Haiku Bob (aka Rob Scott)



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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. Nicole Kelly says

    Such a great idea. Now my Pies are out… the haiku is on!

  2. Catherine Bergin says

    it’s starting to feel like GF week – hope the Pies have started training for 2020

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