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Making the rules count

This weekends Dodderery was a bit of an eye opener. Your Captain has been pondering something that happened during the Big Game we had at the end of the usual mini league.

For some reason – we appointed a number of Referees, who enforced the rules to a level we are not used to. Your captain has noticed in the past that many fellow Dodderers are not too keen on the ‘big game’ we sometimes have at the end of our session due to not actually getting the ball, or feeling that the game is poor (which is code for “I didn’t get the ball”).
Our big game with a referee and eight-a-side really opened up because of the enforcement of 10yds at kickoff (and infringements) and 5 yards for a rollback. Gone were the cries of pass the ball, and this isn’t much fun….to be replaced with some fantastic Rugby, spirited run throughs and some all round good play.

So from now on to get the most out of our Sundays’ we should all work hard to enforce the rules even when we don’t have a referee…

Special mentions this week:-

George deserves two mentions this week: Firstly George always throws himself into tackles with real conviction but this week was an exception – he was obviously suffering from excess energy as he threw himself into some amazing diving touches onto a fairly hard pitch. Secondly George made an equally amazing quadruple dummy to score past two opponents. Interestingly the last two dummy were not actually required but looked great.

Toby was on fighting from with amazing energy and excellent play.
Felix for just turning up, and scoring the winning try in the ‘Big Game’ at the end.

If any Dodderers fancy a mid week run-out then the Thursday evening sessions have begun at 7.00pm. Your Captain has noticed an immediate improvement in his fitness having increased his workouts from by 100% from one to two a week!

See you Sunday!

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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 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….