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Happy Easter

April 10, 2009 2 comments

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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!

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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!

Spicy play for post Valentine’s match

February 16, 2009 4 comments

As our President Foz put it – “It’s a bit Spicy today….I like it”
Your Captain doesn’t know if it was post Valentines frustrations or poor England performance vs. Wales; but today’s play was definitely more Spicy, Vociferous, and Argumentative than over the last few weeks. It all started with a short Big Game, but as the late-commers drifted in we quickly decided to make it a four team league….

Foz as ever was keen to make sure the sides were as balanced as possible…and after the usual negotiation (you’ve got all the fast ones…. and we want Tom or Dick) the teams were laid to rest, and we went our ways in our league.

Off to a fast Start…. the league games were fast paced and not without the Hard Touches we have come to expect. early on your Captain managed to dummy Tom which resulted in smiles all round – except Tom who protested he’d had plenty to drink at the Valentines ball the night before…

Kiwi was the star turn of the day – scoring ten tries or so…which is something we have come to expect so twenty would be required for a Hall-of-Flame mention. On a number of occasions Kiwi vented his frustration with the quality of passing or the speed of passing the ~@~& ball out to him.

Postman Pat was on good vocal form – often sparring with George who both seem to spend plenty of time discussing the virtues of the “Referees’ Decision”. At one point Nick managed a minor injury by falling and hitting Pats’ arse….probably enough said about that.

Jordan was making a good impression and managed to wrong foot his Dad (Chris) on a number of occasions. Foz, Dick and Rich were all in characteristically good form. Your Captain even managed a couple of switches with Dick!

After the League which was won by Foz’s team (See Fridges comment below)  Tom, Rod, Kiwi and Fridge….we settled down to a big game, which carried on for some time, and was particularly energetic given the previous hours exertions.
We must have needed it…and with fustrations vented we left at nearly 10am – which could almost be a record for duration on a Sunday morning….

….Once again already looking forward to next week…don’t forget to bring the attitude!

First Four Team League of 2009

January 11, 2009 1 comment

Hurray! – Great to have enough Dodderers this week for the full four team league. Your Captain likes to have some more space on the pitch as he cannot dodge even a slow moving Steam Roller Fridge.
Nick scored a well deserved Hatric with some deft slickness. Foz scored some real blinders (someone on the defence obviously had their eyes closed) and some great steals. Tim (the oldest Dodderer in the village) also deserves mention for his great tries and receiving of long passes.
Your Captain was also able to score a few tries with a couple of great steals and some lucky ‘ball handling’ knock-ons; nice to report back at home that attempts were not in vain.

As ever; Tom, Dick and Dave were full of energy, and scored tries too numerous to mention. The Dodderers management team are thinking of some sort of Handicapping system – probably along similar lines to Horse racing with lead weights….

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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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