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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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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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Sundays ‘Big game’

This sunday it was fairly cold and the turnout was too low for the normal four team event, so we celebrated with a ‘Big Game’….
The game was fast paced with heavier than usual tackling; and Si was the first to be on the receiving end of a difficult tackle….athough recovered after a few seconds rolling around…

…actually any more seconds and I think he could have applied for the Hairdryer award I’m thinking of creating following the funny advert from Pat and Simo…

Dan “The Ferret” seems to be back to his old ways and is tipped to appear in the nominations for the “Anchor Butter Award”…. Still he has almost a whole year to get back to last summers highs.
Tim needs a special mention for his fantastic try, as does Jordan for his numerous ones.

Lastly, your Captain has to report that he was not feeling too good on the pitch and suspects that the excesses shown by the bathroom scales have taken a toll on performance….

Happy New Year!

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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