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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!

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!

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!

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….

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!