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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!

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!

Sundays blazing performance

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After a long and lengthy recovery from a mysterious virus, Nick has shown us all what successful Doddering is all about. Spurred on by his Lucky ‘Leeds RFU no. 7 scrum-half away shirt’  (sadly not a Dodderers one) Nick sped to an all time record of 7 –  yes SEVEN tries in the Sunday league!

Congratulations to Nick on his entry into the Hall of Flame…

Nick at Doddering Bowl 2008

Nick at Doddering Bowl 2008

Nick seen here celebrating after being on last summers winning side in the Doddering Bowl was surprised at his own performance on the pitch. 
In a post match interview, Nick put his success down to a reduction in Lager intake the night before, down from the usual Nine to Seven. So its seven all round for the lucky Nick.
Buy a lottery ticket Nick before its too late – suggest anything with a 7 in it  7, 17, 27, 37,47 and maybe a 9 for the Lagers you would have drunk, or a 2 for the two you didn’t drink.

 

Tim yet again is really upping his game and at some times during Sundays proceedings found himself being marked by up to three players as his turn of pace and ability to catch the long pass (whilst being in an overlap situation) meant that the opposition had to make sure he was closed down.

Last but not least is the mention of Postman Pats’ scything run past your hapless Captain who at that moment must have been thinking about food or sleep or something else, as he was powerless to do anything about Pats turn of speed.

Roll on next week….

Boxing Day 2008

boxing day 2008

Boxing Day 2008

 

This year we had a great a turnout for the annual Boxing Day meet. Cheered on by warm mulled wine we celebrated by having a ‘big match’ for the whole hour. Special thanks to Foz, Pat, Mick, Fridge, and Martin for helping out.

A great match ensued with a numberof Dodderers commenting on the effect of mulled wine on match fitness (or maybe it was the Christmas Lunch the day before)!

Unlikely Elf 'Pat' demonstrating side step.

Unlikely Elf - 'Pat' demonstrating the side step.

Rod and Nat - speed and agility

Nat and Rod - speed and agility

 The official “last dodderer standing” was won by Pat and Nick who in a two on one competition against Tim managed to jointly be the last dodderer standing. A truly special performance in the Spirit of Doddering!