This Weekends’ Dodderery

Following such an excellent Doddering event last week was always going to be hard – but we did it!

Our President Foz was on excellent form and was showing no signs of letting up. With some excellent turns and moves, he managed to put a few away!
Great shows of skill from Toby,  Fridge, Timmy, and Kiwi, Although Kiwi, was heard ‘challenging himself’ on a number of occasions where a pass was dropped or missed entirely.
Now the weather’s finally looking up we are also getting a good turnout for Dodderers Extra following the 9am exodus. This week your Captain needed a little snooze whilst watching the London Marathon following his exertions in the morning!

Postman Pat had a few grumbles to make about the standard of the pitch marking….it was looking a little like the pitch meister had ‘had more than a few’ before he marked the final line out.

Dodgy pitch marking...

Dodgy pitch marking...

(if you look really carefully at this satellite image of the Magpies you can see where the line originally was!)

Actually whilst we are talking about Pat – the one armed passes are beginning to fail him. Your Captain set Pat a challenge to get into the Hall of Flame by completing 20 long one hand passes – things are not looking to good right now!


The Presidents Trophy

The Presidents Trophy

The Presidents Trophy


As part of the Presidents’ 50th birthday celebrations we created a new competition to be played on the Sunday nearest to Foz’ birthday each year.

The trophy was very kindly donated by Corin Medical who manufacture joint replacement products – hopefully something that Fellow Dodderers will never need.

Following the unveiling of the trophy, we settled down to a four team leauge. Foz’ team was made up of Founder Dodderers, An ex University Rugby, & family fozzies. The other teams were handpicked using the time honoured method of ‘randomly’ handing out tabbards.

Foz' team off to a good start

Foz' team off to a good start


It wasn’t long before Foz turned the event into an exhibition match, given the opportunity to show off his many and varied skills…
Foz demonstrating standing on one leg!

Foz demonstrating standing on one leg!

 Soon it became apparent that Kiwi was rivited to the spot by this demonstration….

Kiwi rivited by Foz skills

Kiwi rivited by Foz skills

 Although Foz was beginning to show signs of his new age… although his University friend wasn’t…

Foz showing signs of age...

Foz showing signs of age...

Towards the end of the league games Foz was showing the signs of ‘Early Onset Dodderery’ seen here making an early dive for the line when it’s nowhere in sight….
Where's the line gone?

Where's the line gone?

In the end it was a close run thing, with The Captains’ team and the Presidents’ team equal in the league. On countback though, The presidents team came out on top! 
The morning ended with Cake and Champagne which Foz helpfully polished off….
Foz helpfully clearing up...

Foz helpfully clearing up...

Foz after winning trophy

Foz after winning trophy

Another Doddering legend!

Special thanks to Corin Medical who kindly donated the Trophy. They are a world leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of a wide range of reconstructive orthopaedic devices.
Founded in 1985, the company is committed to providing effective techniques that help to restore mobility and relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. The company is particularly focused on providing innovative solutions for restoring quality of life for younger, active patients. Products include hip resurfacing, total hip replacement, unicondylar knee replacement, mobile bearing total knee replacement, ankle replacement, shoulder replacement, ligament reconstruction and augmentation, spinal reconstruction, trauma products, and theatre disposables.

Doddering President turns Fifty!

April 21, 2009 1 comment

Fifty Today!


This week saw a New Doddering Milestone… Our long serving President was Fifty!

Not to pass up an opportunity to cheer one of our fellow Dodderers through such an important milestone we decided to celebrate in style…





The celebration day started early with many of the organising committee arriving around 7am to prepare for the expected 8am arrival of Foz. As a surprise we ‘obtained’ a 50 road sign from somewhere to mark the Presidents parking space, and arranged for a banner to be placed on the back of the changing rooms so it would be a surprise….
A real Dodderer at last

A real Dodderer at last

Also as Foz was a Doddering Founding member we arranged for as many of the founding members to come to the special celebration…along with an old University friend from Yorkshire!


The President wearing The Golden Shorts

By 7.55 most Dodderers had arrived, and we were eagerly awaiting the Presidents’ arrival…..but by 8.05 no Foz…..a little worry passed over the faces of the committee as we wondered if Foz would actually arrive as he has been know to miss a week following any sort of excesses the night before… 
Still, as we were all pretty cold by now we settled down to 2 games while we waited.

Finally at 8.10 , the President arrived and was greeted with a rendition of ‘why are we waiting’ and was immediately presented with the Golden Shorts to be worn by any Dodderer who makes the age of Fifty.
(Foz seen here modelling the Golden Shorts, aptly demonstrates why he rarely wears shorts, preferring other forms of attire…)

The new Flag was then raised by Foz and the wonderful Presidents’ Trophy (kindly donated by Corin Medical) was unveiled, which we would go on to play for later.

Following the Presidents’ Trophy matches, it was calculated that the Presidents team actually won the Trophy on points – narrowly beating The Captains’ team. Match report to follow later….



The correct way to drink Champagne














Champagne and cake followed with Foz demonstrating the correct way to drink Champagne…

Actually on the subject of Food and Champagne…isn’t it amazing how many Dodderers we hadn’t seen for ages managed to turn out on the day!


Group photo for the Album










 Group shot with Founder Dodderers, Fellow Dodderers, Foz extended family etc, hangers on…you know who you are …. we need to see you more often on Sunday mornings 😉

 Upon arriving and congratulated on his milestone, Foz, our President said: ” What a great club – I’m proud to be a part of it”

Enough said… We’ll done to everybody for making this such a memorable experience for all of us!


What a great day!


Special thanks to :-

Foz for being 50 and giving us an excuse for a legendary Dodderers event
Corin Medical who donated the Presidents Trophy / Tim for asking them!
Fridge who kindly made  a great banner
Nigel who arranged the cake,  provided by Mrs Bomber
Simo who provided the 50 sign, flag pole, Golden Shorts, tables, and did the honors
Kiwi who provided the Champagne
Catherine who put up with your Captain making the Flag (and a huge mess)

Easter Sunday Doddering

This weeks Guest Blog Spot is Brought to you by Kiwi.


I was slightly concerned even though it was a gorgeous sunny day, that there would be an extreme lack of numbers due to many being on holiday or with religious commitments on Easter Sunday.

As I pulled in to the car park at the Magpies I was relieved that there were at least five cars in the car park. There was just one large game as in the end thirteen Dodd’s had turned up, so it was six (including myself) versus seven on the full size pitch.


The six immediately stated their intentions by passing the ball in impressive style to score the first try. That was immediately followed by yours truly  throwing a rubbish pass that was coolly intercepted by Si Tyler with a gift 10 yard run to level the scores.


Soon the superior numbers of the seven were starting to tell with the six chasing the game. In one passage of play the six managed at least 15 passes without dropping the ball (impressive stuff you think), but unfortunately nobody remembered to run forward so when the tackle eventually came the ball was 10 yards further back from when it started.


Nigel (the un-nicked named one) who was in the seven proved his credentials for the anchor butter handling awards by dropping the ball a number of times, and then committed the ultimate sin of throwing a rubbish pass which ruined a certain try – Hard luck. However the seven did hold out to win, as the six tired and continued to struggle to make forward progress.


Star turn of the day has got to be Jordan, who’s elusive running caused all manner of missed tackles and embarrassed faces, which resulted in two brilliant individual tries.


Hopefully next week we will have greater numbers and the Captain will be back to write the blog, so this is Kiwi standing in for the Captain signing off.


Many thanks to Kiwi for his Egg-celent Blog entry and well done to all who turned up on the day! – Captain

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Happy Easter

April 10, 2009 2 comments


Last weeks Doddering saw the return of skill. The most amazing try your Captain saw was by Dick who is obviously in top form. Dick was extra slippery and difficult to catch – but what was excellent was the way he would receive a pass at arms length in one hand whilst making a complete change in direction.
At times it was like Bonfire Night – wonderful to watch and drawing gasps of ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ from onlooking Dodderers.

Nice to see The Ferret again – skills were not particularly in evidence and once again he thrusts himself into the mix as a contender for The Anchor Butter Award.
Simon also made a welcome appearance and led our team by scoring most of the tries.Tim was also in great form and made some impressive passes under pressure.
Chris; not happy with his own performance on the pitch, at times resorted to a little football at his own frustration. Possibly another Anchor Butter nomination…

Your Captain is still not in great form and puffed his way around the pitch drawing some concern from our Treasurer – who must have been worried that he might not get the subs which luckily your Captain had paid on-line that morning.
Reminder to all that have not paid. We need the subs otherwise the Council might come and take our pitch away!

Actually while we are on the subject of the Treasurer – it was drawn to your captains attention that Nigel doesn’t have a nickname. We obviously need to fix this immediately so comments with appropriate names appreciated.

Where was Simo? – Simo admitted yesterday that he’d woken by the alarm clock and then went back to sleep and awoke again at 8.20 – too late for any Doddering. Your Captain’s thinking about a new timeliness award especially ofter the debacle the week before when the clocks went forward.

Don’t forget Doddering on Easter Sunday – same time. This week you’re in for a treat, Kiwi will be the Blogmeister as your Captain will be away.



All that glitters is not golden

This weeks Doddering had one obstacle that most Dodderers managed to overcome. In fact in these technological times its a wonder that putting the clocks forward or backward at certain times of the year still requires user intervention. This year is no different and the clocks went forward an hour.Those that managed to get it wrong arrived late by one hour – almost in time to go home again.

Timmy, Dick & George deserve a special mention for inexactitude, although Dick was actually 10mins early for the supposed kickoff – so deserves praise for his enthusiastic almost early arrival .

Spring Forward and Fall Back is the mnemonic often handed out to help us remember which way the clocks should be adjusted. Actually on a second look it could also serve as a reminder to how we should aim to play our rugby with vigor and catching the ball whilst running forward and then falling back in support.

As we were down on numbers we settled down to a big game and a rather poorly chosen team that had all the good players in one team and the less good in another. (this was a comment from a fellow Dodderer – see later).
Your Captain was self appointed into the good players team – although this was obviously a mistake.

Great tries from Tom, Jenks, Nick, Tim, Jordan & Nat.
Off to a good start the good players team scored a few ‘individual’ tries and surged ahead; but what happened overall was a surprise. The other team won!
Postman Pat had it succinctly (he was on the less good team) “just because you have all the good players doesn’t mean you can gel” – he was indeed right. Our team was a team of individuals not a finely crafted team full of group ambition. After all Rugby is a team game and it is the team performance that matters.

For those that were late many of us stayed on until almost Ten O’clock and continued to play until we had a thouroughly good runout.

One Dodderer (who shall remain nameless) had a complete ‘flame out’ and left early at the injustice of it all. (Please come back next week)
All you Captain can say apart from “it’s a team game” is  – All that glitters is not golden….

P.S. Yesterday was at the Shakespeare exhibition in Stratford (trying to look intelligent) and now know that this expression comes from the Merchant of Venice. Just thought you might like to know that!

Dodderers Captain wins Fantasy Rugby

March 23, 2009 1 comment

Those of you who were paying attention to the emails from Simo before the Six Nations may have entered the Fantasy Rugby competition…

The final standings are:-fantasy-rugby-results

All your Captain has to say is his theoretical grasp of Statistics and slight OCD contributed significantly to his success. In no way can any Dodderer expect to see improved performance on the pitch or a heightened grasp of the rules and players involved.

All winnings (if received)  to be donated to the Dodderers Hardship Fund!

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