2014 Kick-to-Kick fixture

The Kick-to-Kick Association of Australia has released its fixture for 2014. It features an ever-expanding number of venues, times and players.

“We have carefully considered the requests of our many members,” said a KKAA spokeswoman while marking a Sherrin in the foyer of the KKAA head office.

“We believe the fixture is a fair and accurate reflection of the never-ending enthusiasm for kick-to-kick,” she added, before drop-punting the footy to a colleague heading out for a sandwich.

KKAA fixture 2014

In the hallway while Mum’s making the lunches
On the footpath while dawdling to school
In the playground before  – and after – the first bell
Then during playtime, lunchtime and after 3.30

Behind the cow shed after the milking with Johnno, Jacko and Moz
Behind the shearing shed when the shearing’s done
In a wheatfield after the harvesting
In the shade of a parked prime mover full of grain
At the back of a roadhouse

Behind the canning factory during smoko with Enzo, Sally and Baz
In front of the factory while picketing, with security guards and cops
On the empty factory floor when its blown its final siren
On the well-worn carpet at Centrelink

In office corridors with Mick and Jen and Sue
In canteens and staff rooms too

In foyers and lobbies and entrances
Through the sliding doors of fate and happenstance

Behind bars if you’re lucky
On Christmas Island if you can get there

At a bus stop with Bill and Al and Con
On a city rooftop
On a train platform with the PSOs
Across the platforms, broadcast live on CCTV

After a gig with Brian and PK and Ned
Under a streetlight
Under a full moon
Down a bluestone laneway
Outside a country pub with Red and Mitch and Nick

On a dirt track, a bush clearing, a sandy desert
On a straight stretch of the Great Ocean Road
On the outskirts of town with Mia and Mel and Nat

In the avenues of caravan parks, the aisles of supermarkets
On beaches at low tide

In the backyard of your childhood with John and Pete and Heardie
And Phil and Les and Rick
In the paddocks of the past
Where you always kicked long and true

On the day before the wedding with the bridesmaids
On the honeymoon with the groom

On a soccer pitch with Tom and Jesse and Max
A tennis court, a basketball court
A cricket ground too

With knobbly knees and a dud hammy
With smokers’ lungs and a wobbly hip
In dreams as you go under
As part of the rehab
Gingerly after the surgery

In the fog of the future
In the departure lounge of tomorrow
In the back pocket of contemplation

In empty carparks and old drive-ins
Demolition sites, building sites

On a Monday, a Tuesday or a Wednesday
A Thursday, Friday or a Saturday
On Sundays with JB and JD and Rodg and Laurie
And  Scott and Steve and Oscar
And  Bruno and Geoff and Andrew

Outside (but never inside) the MCG, the SCG, the Gabba
And other big city grounds deemed too grand

On a local footy ground anytime anywhere
As long as the earth spins
As long as the heart beats
As long as there’s air in the lungs and in the leather
Will we kick the ball from one to another.


This piece is also published at The Footy Almanac and Australian Rules.

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