The Night Footballer


When Gaz returns to Simonds stadium,


the moonlight dances on his cranium.





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. Rick Kane says

    Lovely work Dame.

  2. Ha Ha, well played Damo

  3. Yvette Wroby says

    Well done.

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    Great work Damian. Wonder if Gary Snr would have been better off going the chrome dome in his playing career, like his son has done so well, instead of his very 1980’s wispy mullet.

  5. There is certainly something romantic about the return of Gaz. Its a movie in the making. I hope he can run off with another premiership cup like the chief disappearing into the night at the end of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.

    Is his chrome dome now a trademark with the same recognition as the Barassi moustache?

  6. Nice effort Damian (and of course only a spoil-sport would pull you up for forgetting that Gaz will be returning to GMHBA Stadium rather than Simonds)!

  7. DBalassone says

    Cheers all. I didn’t know that Froggy – what a tongue twister that will be for the commentators.

    I reckon you’re spot on Luke – although I think his old man was going for the Hulkster look, which was popular back in the day.

  8. Mathilde de Hauteclocque says

    I love this, vision and image.
    Surely it’s meaningful that GMHBA starts with a G and ends in an A. I think that calls for another stanza, Damian.

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