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Making the rules count

This weekends Dodderery was a bit of an eye opener. Your Captain has been pondering something that happened during the Big Game we had at the end of the usual mini league.

For some reason – we appointed a number of Referees, who enforced the rules to a level we are not used to. Your captain has noticed in the past that many fellow Dodderers are not too keen on the ‘big game’ we sometimes have at the end of our session due to not actually getting the ball, or feeling that the game is poor (which is code for “I didn’t get the ball”).
Our big game with a referee and eight-a-side really opened up because of the enforcement of 10yds at kickoff (and infringements) and 5 yards for a rollback. Gone were the cries of pass the ball, and this isn’t much fun….to be replaced with some fantastic Rugby, spirited run throughs and some all round good play.

So from now on to get the most out of our Sundays’ we should all work hard to enforce the rules even when we don’t have a referee…

Special mentions this week:-

George deserves two mentions this week: Firstly George always throws himself into tackles with real conviction but this week was an exception – he was obviously suffering from excess energy as he threw himself into some amazing diving touches onto a fairly hard pitch. Secondly George made an equally amazing quadruple dummy to score past two opponents. Interestingly the last two dummy were not actually required but looked great.

Toby was on fighting from with amazing energy and excellent play.
Felix for just turning up, and scoring the winning try in the ‘Big Game’ at the end.

If any Dodderers fancy a mid week run-out then the Thursday evening sessions have begun at 7.00pm. Your Captain has noticed an immediate improvement in his fitness having increased his workouts from by 100% from one to two a week!

See you Sunday!

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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!

Bombay Bowl Showdown

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Every year on the Sunday following the Calcutta Cup (England vs. Scotland) the Dodderers have their very own version created by our President Foz….

 …The Bombay Bowl

 

 

It was a lovely Spring morning, warm, sunny with almost no wind. Actually there was too much Sun (depending which way your team was playing) and plenty of Ozone Harming wind generated by fellow Dodderers. Perhaps we should calculate our Carbon Footprint?

We settled down to a big game of England vs. Scotland (the rematch) following |Englands’ trouncing of the poor old Scots in the Calcutta Cup. Eventually as the ever-so-late Dodderers arrived we split up into four teams as some Dodderers felt they were not seeing enough ball to justify their attendance. All your Captain can say is “Team Game”

Do you know that Sun brings out the most lip in some Dodderers? Your Captain thinks that it may be a form of heat exhaustion caused by sun and exercise that inhibits the executive function of the pre-frontal cortex. Result…more lip…

Back to the Bombay Bowl …

General fitness has been impacted in the last few months….many fellow Dodderers (including your Captain) were puffing like Steam Trains and suffering long lapses of attention and general lack of dynamism. Chris has a theory…He’s never been able to separate thought from action…something your Captain managed long ago…so your Captains’ thinking about running , not actually doing it…

One team stood out (Tom, Tim, Timmy, and George) for their seemingly boundless energy and general athleticism, great play, and general all round effort….

The winners of the Bombay Bowl were indeed Tom, Tim, Timmy, and George who were very deserved of the accolade as presented by Our President Foz. Timmy must have thought it was Formula One as he sprayed the champers around….

Due to general fitness concerns from the Club Doctor…the usual suspention of mid-week training is lifted.

See you all next week!

The First Spring Match of the Year

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Floodlit by the morning sun and encouraged by the balmy +10 degrees this weeks Doddering turned out to be a relatively disappointing affair. As if we had all emerged from a winters hibernation and had stopped to admire the flowers, most of us appeared half asleep – not the hardened Dodderers that we want to be. Gone was the bite and ambition from last week,  sadly to be replaced with yawns, half closed eyes, poor ball handling, and generally low effort.
 
Having said that there were some flashes of inspiration. Jordans’ dummy on Simo immediately followed by a dummy on newbie (Toby) to score was a sheer pleasure to watch. Likewise George managed a positively balletic pirouette dummy past Foz  to  score…Pat once again managed a long one handed pass to Toby also to score – so that’s two out of twenty that have made it lately….
A Special welcome to our latest Dodderer, Dave H (aka Toby) who played his first match with us this week.

So for next week your Captain encourages you to stop looking at the flowers*….and Think Rugby!

* no flowers were harmed in the making of this Blog….

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!

Arctic Freezer Trophy

Upon arrival this morning it was immediately apparent that Postman Pat had not marked out the pitch. In fact he’d failed to clear away the snow so the pitch was nowhere to be seen….

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As only ten Dodderers had turned up we settled down to a game of five-a-side. Andy made a welcome return and spent much of the time commenting that he was unfit although he was still able to outclass us all.

Yet again The Ferret showed us that he’s capable of catching those long passes…and that he doesn’t deserve to be in the running for the Anchor Butter Award

Sharky has been playing well lately and this time was no exception – he was able to score a well deserved hatric; including a great side-step on Andy for a try.
Luckily Simo brought his camera along and recorded  some play for the blog as well as take some stills.  After much crunching through the snow … George lifted the Ice Sculpture as the captain of the winning side.

After the 9.14 exodus the remaining six of us played skins vs. shirts with  Simo, Foz and Tim up for the skins. The non skin side tried to take the advantage by holding snow for a ‘cold touch’ on the skins but to no avail as the skins made the winning try. 

In the video kindly compiled by Simo, you will see some exceptional Doddering – especially the part where your captain ends up falling over in the snow whilst trying to move backwards for position.

Roll on next week – more attendance required too – you know who you are!