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Sundays Doddering

Sunday was a great day for Doddering….
The weather was great…we had a new junior member…and the Rick Flick is gaining in popularity…

Your Captain was up and ready by six o’clock – mostly because he couldn’t sleep but also in anticipation of a mornings Dodderery. Normally he would have had ‘more than a few’ the night before which helps with the usual lie-in until seven, but with an hour or so to burn and having serviced the wife with a cup of tea, still managed to be around 5 minutes late for kickoff…

Upon arrival – a new junior member – Dan – ‘Son of Simon’ was present and ready to go!
But wait a fully ready to go new member – with speed, agility and his fathers ability to jump into a high pass!  At one point he out ran Dan – ‘The Ferret’  to score a try – excellent – more please!

In last weeks’ blog we mentioned the ‘Rick Flick’ as demonstrated by Rich (who this week was the spy in the camp for forthcoming Dodderers vs. Old ruckers match). The Rick Flick seems to be catching on with a number of successful attempts to launch a ball in the wrong direction. This is truly in the spirit of Dodderering … Well done Rich!

Kiwi was just not in best form this week…he did manage to demonstrate the turn of speed we all expect from him, but unfortunatley most of the time he was rooted to the spot. Normally we see this behaviour from fellow Dodderers in the first few weeks’ of morning sun where everyone seems to be in slow motion (including your Captain) but by now this should have passed. In true Doddering fashon this is entirely acceptable if as we suspect, Kiwi was putting a few away the night before!

Following the usual four team Tournament we had a Big game with eight a side so plenty of people were staying on. Following the big game we had Dodderers extra with four a side where we played best of 5 as by then we were definately low on energy.

Your Captain is unfortunately unable to attend next Sundays’ match as a couple of tickets to the British Grand Prix fell into his lap yesterday…and as this is probably going be the last at Silverstone and having not been before your Captain has relunctantly decided to pass on Doddering this Sunday. Open invitation for a new Blogger….

Roll on Thursday when we beat the Old Ruckers on their home turf and begin to reclaim the ‘Bit of Stick’ !

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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.
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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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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!

Patchy Play Today

Today’s Doddering was plainly not up to scratch. There were moments of greatness but plenty of  lapses in concentration and lack of energy all round.

The Big Game (we did not have the attendance for a league) got off to a very fast start. Early on Jenks made the best looking, two handed – arms stretched interception that was  a real promise for the rest of the match but unfortunately after the first fifteen or so minutes we were  mostly looking pretty poor and apathetic.

The Ferret is showing some real determination to catch those long passes and was showing excellent promise that could preclude entry into the Anchor Butter Handling short list. Keep it up Dan!

Robin made some nice tries today as did Chris and Kiwi. Even your Captain managed to sneak one in although The Ferret was intent on making your Captain work for his try by chasing most of the pitch.

Those of your that observe the 9.14am deadline missed something special today. As we were all suffering from severe lack of energy, concentration, and ball handling skills we had a ‘walking’ match on half pitch. Nobody was allowed to run so position, passing, and marking were particularly important to make space. Actually its much harder than it sounds.

Next week: More focus, Energy, Less Beer (maybe)

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!