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Dodderers go dragon boat racing

Sunday was not the best weather ever, those of you that managed the usual Sunday morning session were greeted with cold weather and plenty of rain. At some points the rain was falling so hard and fast that your Captain couldn’t see anything and was unable to catch any passes. So no change there then!

There were some glimmers in-between the rain drops and spirited performances from many Dodderers… Try of the Day goes to the President – Captain combination for an excellent fast pass from the Captain to the Foz who was able to beat the opposition on the outside!

On to the Dragon Boat racing…this was our very first attempt at entering a crew for the Gloucester Dragon Boat Regatta.
Immediately following arrival we assembled (with our bandannas) for a team photo under the Dodderers flag. This would be the very last time we would look dry…

Dry Dodderers

Dry Dodderers

But wait … we’re missing some of the team…Oh  No! … Barney and his first mate have bailed out…
….mmm perhaps a rename to Blarney… was it too cold?
Luckily Foz collared Andy who had come to watch, and a passer by (Jen)  for the first race….

Felix also came to the rescue dropping everything to be with us for the remainder of the races….

Felix pleased to be in the crew

Felix pleased to be in the crew

After we won all of our heats we were into one of the semi-finals..

Dodderers mexican wave

Dodderers mexican wave

…we showed our approval with a Mexican wave!

Into the semis your Captain shows Foz he has a curved one…
…and in case he forgets, Andy has prepared his order for Peking Duck by painting it on his paddle!

Captain shows Foz he has a curved one!

Captain shows Foz he has a curved one!

In the end it was close…the final went right to the line…we were beaten by a mere 0.3 seconds by a more experienced  team, but we certainly had the upper hand when it came to team spirit and supporters!

We did win the best dressed team…winning a trophy…but unfortunately your Captain was not up to scratch when it came to receiving the prize…

Foz Simo and Captain receive pricze for best dressed team...spot anything wrong?

Foz Simo and Captain receive pricze for best dressed team...spot anything wrong?

For a complete account of the Dragon Boat race follow the link to the  Dodderers website http://www.dodderers.co.uk/dragonboating.html

Many thanks to everyone who participated including the Dods supporters who endured the cold and rain to cheer us on!

Special thanks to Hannah who was very cold most of the time on the drum

Special thanks to Hannah our Drummer!

Special thanks to Hannah our Drummer!

Its in my diary for next year already…surely not one to miss…not even if your name is Blarney!

…and finally how to do it really well… follow the link to the National Indonesian Dragon Boat Training video. Watch out for the acceleration training 3/4 way through !!

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/459573/2539444

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Treasurers’ new nickname adopted!

April 28, 2009 3 comments
Barney Rubble

Barney Rubble

 

We’ve been looking for an appropriate name for our Treasurer (Nigel) for some time now…..

….well the wait is now over!

 

Barney seems a fitting name as his feet move as fast as Barney Rubbles’, plus he doesn’t mind a bit of a Barney either!

 

Seen here at the Presidents’ Trophy match last week – Barney stops play to ask a question….

Are we playing full width?

Are we playing full width?

(All Nigels’ tags have been transferred to Barney in the Captains’ most mentioned Tag Cloud)

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

easter-banner

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.

 

HappyEaster!

Great play today in difficult conditions

January 18, 2009 3 comments

After consulting with the Met Office yesterday to check on the prevailing weather conditions your Captain was heartened by the “Good Weather Window” we were forecast.
On arrival this morning the pitch was definitely wet and fairly muddy, and indeed we had the good weather that was forecast altough when we left the Magpies the pitch was definitely much muddier…

As we trudged through the mud ready to coax our bodies into life – our  team iinstinctively selected the highest and driest ground for our kick-off in this weeks four team league.

Fridge Door Left Open
Following the kickoff your Captain was immediately blessed with the best ‘dummy’ on Fridge resulting in a try. Seconds later another chance to dodge the open-doored Fridge to score another try. Sadly it was mostly downhill after that as fitness could not keep up…

Great to see Jenks again…but somebody should have stopped him playing alongside Tom, or Tom should have offered him even more drink last night!

Anchor Butter Award
Dan – The Ferret; is still looking a strong contender for the award – and there is a good chance he could wrestle the title from Kiwi (who probably didn’t deserve it last year, but didn’t perform on the night). Towards the end of the game the ball started to resemble a really gritty soap bar and was therefore really tough to catch so allowances will be made.

 Once again Tim who in his return to blistering form managed to scythe through the lines and score a great one man try. Tim is really showing us all what we could be capable of in another ten or twenty  years. I hope we can all live up to it. Keep it up Tim!

Has anyone noticed that Nigels form has increased significantly later? – not only is he leaner , fitter and faster but his increased performance has resulted in less lip too. Nice One Nigel!
Sadly though word has trickled through that there may be one or two ‘illegal’ off pitch training sessions at the local gym so once again we may have to consider the handicapping scheme we have talked about before.

Postman Pat made a perfect long pass today through The Ferrets upturned arms (resembling a goal post), also perfectly received by Foz who was waiting to score a try on the wing. Given that the ball was a bar of soap and the distance was long this probably deserves an award of its own. Shame the camera wasn’t there.

Looking forward to next week already!

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.