Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Footy Mates: A Poem by Bob Pacey

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Footy Mates: A Poem by Bob Pacey

Article excerpt

Mate I was born right here in rocky

it's the kinda town ya love.

When we were kids we owned it

and it fitted like a glove.

Fishing in the Fitzroy river

squelching through the mud and slime.

riding home on pushbikes

head to toe

in mucky grime.

But of all the things I ever did

and it filled me with intrigue

I'd say it hit me like a bullet

when I first played rugby league.

Me mates and I on sports days

rode our bikes across the town.

to the Gymmy grounds on north side

up to the school at Allenstown.

The bloody fields were just like concrete

The goal posts were made of steel.

When you got tackled on the cricket pitch

your skin would start to peel.

When I left school I got a job

worked hard though out the week

but on the weekends it was footy time.

then havoc would we reek.

The friendships that I forged then

have stayed with me now for life.

The end of year mad Mondays

could get ya into heaps of strife. …

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