Archive for December, 2008

Sundays ‘Big game’

This sunday it was fairly cold and the turnout was too low for the normal four team event, so we celebrated with a ‘Big Game’….
The game was fast paced with heavier than usual tackling; and Si was the first to be on the receiving end of a difficult tackle….athough recovered after a few seconds rolling around…

…actually any more seconds and I think he could have applied for the Hairdryer award I’m thinking of creating following the funny advert from Pat and Simo…

Dan “The Ferret” seems to be back to his old ways and is tipped to appear in the nominations for the “Anchor Butter Award”…. Still he has almost a whole year to get back to last summers highs.
Tim needs a special mention for his fantastic try, as does Jordan for his numerous ones.

Lastly, your Captain has to report that he was not feeling too good on the pitch and suspects that the excesses shown by the bathroom scales have taken a toll on performance….

Happy New Year!


Boxing Day 2008

boxing day 2008

Boxing Day 2008


This year we had a great a turnout for the annual Boxing Day meet. Cheered on by warm mulled wine we celebrated by having a ‘big match’ for the whole hour. Special thanks to Foz, Pat, Mick, Fridge, and Martin for helping out.

A great match ensued with a numberof Dodderers commenting on the effect of mulled wine on match fitness (or maybe it was the Christmas Lunch the day before)!

Unlikely Elf 'Pat' demonstrating side step.

Unlikely Elf - 'Pat' demonstrating the side step.

Rod and Nat - speed and agility

Nat and Rod - speed and agility

 The official “last dodderer standing” was won by Pat and Nick who in a two on one competition against Tim managed to jointly be the last dodderer standing. A truly special performance in the Spirit of Doddering!

Find the Fridge

December 23, 2008 2 comments

Its time for a competition…..

…….Fridge has been spotted at a well known sports venue….a prize for the first person to mail in with the correct answer

Can you Find the Fridge?

Can you Find the Fridge?

Improved Turnout this Sunday

This Sundays Doddering turned out to be more eventful than normal in a number of ways:-
Firstly I am pleased to report that 18 turned up for the early start so we had the usual 4 teams. Two of Five and two of Four.

Early in the procedings it was clear that some of us were not at peak performance levels (myself included) – many probably being weighed down by excess mince pies and possibly a few bevvys.  Fellow Dodderers are assured the planned extra Doddering sessions will completely neutralize any exceses of the season;  so team members are encouraged to take full advantage of the extra Doddering whilst maintaining their match fitness, and maximising their potential consumption off the field.

Early on we had  spirited performances from Nat, Felix, Fridge, Simon, Dick, and Mick  although there was a noticable drop-off in energy levels into the third match.

Worth a mention was the tackle on Felix which resulted in all the Dodderers standing round Felix while he smiled (I mean grimaced) and clutched his shoulder. After we all had a good attempt to laugh off Felix’ injuries and Foz had recounted the Billy Conolly Joke about waking up with pins and needles in your hand…..Felix bravely continued with just the one arm for tackles along with special dispensation to tackle one handed…no change there then.

Actually, Felix  recounted this story to your Captains wife in Tesco it was reported later …. I wasn’t to worried about the tryst as it seemed pretty armless.

We rounded off the morning with some nice run-ins and great tries from Nat and Ben.

Hope to see you all on Boxing day.

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Dodderers President named 2008 Sports Personality of the year

Dodderers President receives award

Dodderers President receives award


Dodderers President and Champion ‘Foz’ has been named 2008 Sports Personality of the Year.

The Brit, who founded the Dodderers, beat Lewis Hamilton and Rebecca Adlington to the honour. Foz, fortysomething, becomes the first Dodderer to win the prestigious award. “To win this award this year is so special as British sport has enjoyed such a hugely successful year. It’s been incredible,” said Foz. “I really didn’t expect this… standing here holding it in my hands, looking at the names on this trophy, it’s quite incredible”.

Foz, who received a standing ovation after he came to the stage to collect his award from Sir Steve Redgrave and Michael Johnson. “After the year I’ve had and the whole team has had, to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year, it just means so much.  This is the big one and this is just unbelievable.  “The first person, or the first group of people I have to thank are the public who voted for me because I’m just overwhelmed.

“This is unique. There is nothing like the Sports Personality of the Year awards. This is the big one, it’s as good as it gets.  “You think back to when you started off in the sport and now I am sitting here as Sports Personality of the Year, when I have sat and watched the programme all these years, it’s crazy.

Formula One champion Hamilton, who was runner-up for the second year, always felt it would not be his year to win the prize. “In an Olympic year, I always thought an Olympian would win,” said  Hamilton. “I was up against such amazing athletes and I was very proud to be standing up there with them.”

Adlington, 19, who picked up two swimming golds in Beijing and in doing so became the first Briton to win a Olympic swimming title since 1988, paid tribute to Foz. “It was no surprise that Foz won the award,” said the Mansfield athlete. “I turned round to my boyfriend and said that ‘Foz is unbelievable’. I’m so happy for Foz – it’s brilliant to see him win it.”

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Poor Turnout Close to Christmas

December 14, 2008 1 comment

Poor turnout marred todays matches as only 14 Dodderers actually turned up. The second match was cancelled and instead we had a Full Pitch – “Big Game”.  Concerns that the recent weather conditions might hamper play were completely unfounded and regular high energy Doddering ensued.

Your Captain was pleased to be given more space to run than usual, but was unable to captalise on the extra space due to handling problems, and lack of passing due to the aformentioned handling problems.

Great performances today from Nigel, Tom, Rich, Postman Pat and others too numerous to mention.