Poetry: Footy Memorabilia


They say at Central District there’s a box

that’s fastened with at least a dozen locks.


It’s kept behind a wall of tempered glass

and patrons must tread lightly when they pass.


It’s rumoured that this deeply cherished box

contains a pair of Johnny Platten’s jocks.



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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. Brilliantly set up, Damo !!

  2. “jocks” or perhaps “locks”

  3. E.regnans says


  4. Well done DB. And extra points for not making “District” a plural as many do.

  5. Sorry Dame. I’d rather watch Eddie Betts shooting for goal – he’s POETRY IN MOTION

  6. DBalassone says

    Thanks Smokie, ER. He was one of the greats.
    Fair call 6%, the flowing locks are synonymous with the Rat. I wonder if they are 100% natural (or 6% natural).
    Thanks Mickey, I’ve always been interested in SANFL geography. Were the Bulldogs the team of choice for Kapunda folk?
    Fisho, I love Eddie too, but surely the Rat was one of the all time greats. I still think he’s the best rover of the past 40 years and as central to the Hawks 86-91 period as anyone.

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