Robbie Flower at the Western Oval



The dazzling moves of Robbie Flower
evade these men of brutish power.
He baulks the wild men of the west,
then hits a teammate on the chest.


In autumn sun or winter shower
behold the skills of Robbie Flower,
but fans would give up everything
to watch him ply his trade in spring.



From Strange Game in a Strange Land,  by Damian Balassone, a volume of short, playful poems about Flower, Daicos, Doull, Blight and co, available from Wilkinson Publishing.  Cover image by Chris Rees.





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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. Colin Ritchie says

    You’ve captured the essence of Robbie Flower without a doubt Damian. He always played well against the Bombers and was a player you admired for his skills and his fairness.

  2. Shane Reid says

    What a player he was, thanks for this Damian.

  3. Kevin Densley says

    What a pleasant and deft touch you have in this poem, Damian – suits Robbie Flower to a tee!

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