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Nat joins the Hall of Flame

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Congratulations to Nat on his well deserved entry into the Hall of Flame.

Nat on Boxing Day

Nat on Boxing Day

Nats’ performance on the pitch has really improved over the past year. His tireless effort and boundless energy are an inspiration and constant reminder to fellow Dodderers of bygone years.

Following Nats’ boundless try scoring this week, we had a discussion on exactly when Nat became better than his Dad.

After our consultation of the handicapping chart we decided that Nat finally made the grade when he was awarded man of the match at last years Doddering bowl tournament.

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Rise of the Juniors

Here at the Dodderers we are fortunate to have a number of junior Dodderers who are willing to serve a long and fruitful apprenticeship. In the past few weekends they have arrived (perhaps cajoled by their Doddering dad) and persistently run rings around us.

Last week was no exception and following the arrival of Jordan and Nat, they begun to run rings around us. Both Jordan and Nat were on very good form performing the usual run around and dodges through the line…

Soon it became apparent that Nat was in flaming good form and on numerous occasions managed to out run most of the more experienced players and continually forge routes through the defenses of the opposing team….

Nick certainly couldn’t keep up with Nat and by then end of the morning had taken some time out to take a rest. Nat was going from strength to strength and by the end of the morning had scored well over seven great looking tries.

Rich was on best reverse one armed passing this week managing to make a number of fantastically long passes…only problem they were mostly in the wrong direction and nowhere near an awaiting Dodderer. Even the Foz managed his own homage to the “Rick Flick” also manging to land the ball somewhere behind the defending lines.

As this weekend approaches I am already looking forward to our match on 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!

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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