Perth Carnival 2017 – Des Penmann Reserve, Nollamara

At last, the day had rolled though and it was time to party and like the Vengaboys, We like to party, we like to party…and have some fun. The bus list had been a moving target all week so after a few phone calls to work out who we might be leaving behind, we were off to Perth and a date with destiny.

We were appropriately excited to get to Perth so thundered past Treendale and had to put the skids on and double back to get Wal and Gunja. Unfortunately the extreme diversion had some impact on the chariot and we were blowing more steam than Kevin Rudd on election day. She’s safety first at Go West, so it was back to HQ where Stanley Victor himself was waiting to make sure we got back on the road as soon as possible. With the brakes released, we were back on the road and doing some rejigging of the social activities for the night as we would now miss the Gloucester Park races but if we are nothing, we know how to suck the marrow so don’t call the fun police just yet.

Big Chris had navigated the traffic and got us to The Kings Park Motel with it’s neon sign buzzing in the evening light. Kev had made friends with the staff and gathered all the keys so she was a quick in and out. Subiaco proved to be set up for retirees only as it was hard to get dinner being passed 9pm so in a desperate move, we headed to the casino for a good steak and with Maybs ordering drinks, it was top shelf whiskey n espresso martinis. The sports bar’s big screens caught our attention, then onto The Groove Bar which for those familiar with them at Crown casinos, rarely disappoint. So now she’s 2am and 40, Capt Jack, Deebs and Splinter having danced the night away and with a game that morning, it was time for most of us to call it to avoid giving the ambos something to do later that day. Shagga’s 4am videos were something to have your cornies with and surprisingly we all made it home to base, albeit being guilty of having Chumbawamba’s ‘pissing the night away’ as our sound track.

The Des Penmann Res in Nollamara greeted us with sunshine and a stiff breeze so we were hopeful that the swimming goggles might get put away. The league did a quick explanation of the day and a few boys (Zac, Fants, Reever etc) headed over to help the Fossils with a few fill ins. 11 o’clock ticked around and we were set to go with fire in our bellies and heads full of hope.

Game 1 – v Albany

The Vikings kicked into a strong wind and with retribution on our minds from being taken apart by a Craig Hall lead outfit last year, we went BANG x 6 to nothing and out to a lead that we hoped would be enough when the hangovers kicked in during the second half. Splinter and Shane Coenen were lively and banked a couple each. King Dog chipped in for a nice running goal and when Rowey snapped a beauty (followed by double strongman celebration which he just wasn’t quick enough to put down before Pearsy let him know exactly what he had just seen). Deebs bumped an Albany fellow over who hadn’t had a kick for a long time and the ambulance was called and his day was over. The second half was all Vikings as they plundered with the wind until Zac was able to mark on the line and goal. Dino’s by a couple of kicks.

Thanks to Zac and Maybs for umpiring this game.

The Busso boys were a little short so Reever and Shags gave them a hand just prior to the lunch break.

The lunchtime break brought back an old tradition of the sprint (Miller won one of these in the early days) and long kicking which was welcomed by all. Rolly represented the Dinos and ran a respectable 3rd place, good work Rolly. Splinter and Kingy represented the Dinos in the longest kick category. With bases loaded and two down, Splinter launched into a drop punt that sailed 65m with a helpful breeze but still….it was a mighty roost from Adam ‘Cannon’ Matthews.

After lunch we had a game gap so about half a doz of the boys went across and helped out the Waroona Demons. Well done fellas, great look for the club being able to do this.

Game 2 – v Carey Parkers

On the big field this game lived up to its billing and was my personal pick for quality on the day. The Pastimers had a few SW stars of the naughties on their roster so it was going to take a big effort across the team to get over them but we were on a large ground which usually meant game over for anyone keen to share the field with the boys from Jurassic Park. The game was an arm wrestle for both halves with Barbs, Rowey and Juice all doing their part to get the ball moving in our direction. Two ex-Dinos in Narks (he locked down on a north Korean despot) and Jonah were amongst their best and with trade negotiations between parties yet to be finalised, they did their new club no favours by turning it on. Barbs took a few hits to the head which would develop into a nice black eye by morning and in the end it was Past Times by a kick or two in a high quality game.

Game 3 – v Northampton Rams

This game was played on Tooth Pick Park so a complete contrast to the surface we just played on. Timbo Sparrow got to every ball up which was a great effort and in a nice change #23 got on the board in 2017 to avoid a goalless season but probably not escaping a review by the coaching panel. Northampton got their groove on and we were down by a couple of sausage rolls come half time but with the wind, we were confident we could as Sandy Roberts say, ‘set sail for home’. We gradually got there with a few singles but enough majors to get us home by half a dozen points.

So at this stage a more than solid evening and a 2 from 3 result on the field with an honorable loss…..we were on a roll and headed into the main event – Satdee night. Presentations went well with Splinter and Barbs picking up medals, Splinter grabbed his longest kick award and in a win for one of the good guys, Nobba picked up the raffle for a Gary Ablett signed Cats jumper.

We piled onto the bus and headed back to our 2 star palace for a couple of coldies, next stop was The Village Bar for dinner. It was then that Zac got the call we all dread at this point….’the baby sitter has fallen through, you’ll have to come home’. So as we steadied ourselves for the night ahead, the AK Homes utility pulled out of the car park for the lonely dash back south. A tricky line here, an obvious $2 but who will have the low hanging fruit to take on next year’s Fines Master ?

The function room looked the goods and as we dined on crab, chicken or ribs (or in Big Chris’s case, all three) and the martinis flowed like…..well, like martinis if your name is Steve “Chuck Norris” Mayberry cos he didn’t touch anything from a tap all weekend. Maybs, Barbs, Muzz, Wal and Kev all spoke very well and the group headed onto the casino for another night of revelry.

The Groove Bar got another visit with a surprise addition being Splinter’s lovely wife Bec finding her way into the cut and thrust of celebrations which is a first in Dinosaur history. Her effort to disguise herself as Esme Watson of A Country Practice just to get by her boys side without detection on a boys trip was commendable but ultimately failed when Splinter needed to explain by he was allowing a pensioner to feel him up.

As the sun rose the next morning, we could hear 40 singing the Gero boy’s preso song……

Here’s to Shagga, he’s alright HE’LL DRINK PISS ALL NIGHT ! (and he probably did which was a fair effort given it was the last night in a trilogy from Thurs training for our larrikin bush ranger + 5 games thru the day just quietly)

Great trip in 2017 and see you at training if anyone can move again by then…..think ya can go a bit easy on the cartons Hoggs.

Next stop is Wharton World at The Hall of Fame where Murray becomes one of the immortals of masters footy.


Round 9 2017 – Dinos vs Ducks

Round 9 – 12TH August 2017 – Dinos vs Ducks

As the rain poured down, we readied ourselves for a day made for ducks. On arrival to the ground and walking into the Pav, it was obvious that Fantarama had hit Dalyellup with Kev, Fish and Guesty dressing up the hospital ward into something that looked almost inviting. Tangerine table cloths, Fanta promo material and Justin Fantasia faces spewed across the room in a fitting effort for one of our favorites in celebration of 50 games.

The Ducks arrived with only 11 players plus stalwart and ex-East Perth star Magoo as an administrator so it was over to a few Jurassic Parkers to separate from the brotherhood and pop a black and yellow jumper on. Duffy, Wal, Zac, Maybs, Capt Jack, Mocha and Donk were good enough to roll with the Ducks. Reever grabbed a whistle, a flouro vest and popped in some ear plugs in preparation to umpire the game. Griever took the magnetic board allowing Maybs and Barbs to have a full run for the first time this year. Well done boys, your efforts made for an enjoyable contest.

Murray ‘Townsville’ Wharton had organised for everyone to play in a ‘Fanta 50’ head band (Dools the only one to miss out but guess what…yep, he had one already). With so many Dinos playing for the Ducks it was handy to see where we were on the ground by the white head bands. Zac and Timbo shaped up in the ruck and did a top job for the visitors, Duffy was a nightmare up front, Guesty kept his goal sneak tag intact with a sausage roll, Maybs was fearless in a bone crunching Donk spear tackle to play out the game, Wal blew a string early with a cross court dash that summed up the boys endeavor and stamped us as solid hosts.

On the other side of things, Condo had a great crack across the half back, Juice bagged 4, Shredder proved a very mobile ruck with clean hands in the middle and Kingy and Potts won the bottles at presos.

The game was in the balance when Fanta attacked the ball in a selfless act that put life and limb at risk. Reever with a sense of occasion, blew the whistle and gave our man the chance to ice the game. Words of encouragement like, ‘no way he can make the distance’ came from his supportive team mates. The ball was laid down and with a few spins prior to laying it on the boot, through the middle she went, which triggered a huddle that lingered a little bit long but the cat was out of the bag already, there was a lot of love in the room.

After a few beers and a shower, we donned the washed head bands and kicked presentations off with a medal ceremony that included a bit of bad poetry.

Fanta – The Essence of Schweppervescence

Fanta the drink is a tangerine fizz

And that sums up our back pocket whizz

A key component to the Dino essence

So here’s to the king of Schweppervescence


Not many of you will know

Our man is a black belt in taekwondo

Not that Fants is a fighting man

If lovers wore belts, he’d be a 3rd Dan


Weaving n bouncing is his signature move

And out on the dance floor he finds his groove

Heavy metal tunes dominate his music collection

Old school Pantera gives him an uplifting [experience]


Coke is it ?! Coke is shit !

As Michael Stipe said in his worldwide hit

I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush

And like Agent Orange our man kills every forward rush


With a Golden Fist already in the trophy box

His 2017 opponents eaten more humble porridge than Goldilocks

Plays like Tarzan but built like Yoda

A Golden Dino one day, that’s a soda


With the coaches comments out of the way, we dined on assorted pasta dishes and enjoyed each others company before the Dunzy boys hit the road and left it to the Dinos and their families.

Next week we are off to Perth for the Carny so it’s a light run on Thursday and then that’s it for another year of hard hitting Masters footy.



Dinos Events Calendar

Hi all,

Lots of action going on around the Dinos Camp at the moment so this is a quick summary so you can lock in your dates, book time off and start buttering up the better half 🙂

See details below:

12TH Aug – Last Home game of the round

Dinos Vs Ducks 3:30pm Bounce down with an authentic Italian meal at 6:30pm

See Facebook Event and Whatsapp for more details

18-20th Aug – Perth Carnival

When: Saturday August 19th

Where: Des Penman Reserve, Nollamarra

Bus leaving pav Friday and accommodation and restaurant booked

See event flyer and Kevs Spreadsheet for more details

Fixtures are not published yet

2nd Sept – Hall of Fame – Dinos have 2 x Tables of 10 booked so get around Muzza

16th Sept – Windup Details pending however Date is locked in

14th Oct – GAT Details have been sent – See flyer

3rd – 5th Nov – Rotto Players trip – Date is set, details to follow


Round 7, July 15th 2017 – Dinos v Fossils in Collie

Dino vs Collie 15th July – Saturday night (du du doooo du dooo du)

A whip-crack went his whippy tail
And the beast was done
He asked us, “Be you angels?”
And we said “Nay
We are but men”
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh-ah-ah
Ohhh, whoah

…………little did we know that this was to become (thanks to Greeny), if not the greatest song in the world, the sound track to the weekend and I haven’t stopped singing it.

The Masters comp finally gave into popular demand and scheduled the Jurassic Juggernaut on a Saturday evening under lights. With no other games scheduled in that time slot, it was by all reports a pay per view bonanza not seen since the pre-Majak Daw Kangaroos used to dazzle under the 90s spotlights but now resigned to a lazy Sunday session or two…..anyway, enough about the aus kickers, back to the game at hand and the real game, Masters Footy.

The day was a shocker with rain all day so it was under grey skies that the bus picked up the main group from the Pav at 4.45pm with Wal in the driver’s seat. It was then onto a couple of early starters in the HaHa boys at The Parks and then the Dardy Pub where a couple of boys were comparing their claret to their Beaujolais…..a dirty day calls for some unusual pregame routines. Villa (aptly named as he was the size of a block of flats) the German, a ‘Mr Fixit’ in the Go West machine was aboard and as all Go West key note speakers, he was welcomed into the Dino den and belting out a karaoke solo before nights end.

A soggy Collie Eagles footy oval greeted us but the wind had eased and the rain stopped by bounce down. Griever jumped all over the offer to kick with the breeze but as the wind sock had been tied up for this season making game, he stuffed it right up and we found ourselves on the back foot and anchored in the left back pocket for the opening minutes. Well, after a bit a fancy footy work from one of our resident back-men formally known as Fanta or Doona or Trapdoor but now The Seamstress (after Salty noticed his advanced weaving skills), it didn’t come down much at all.

The mids, rucks and wings went to work and it was pretty clear that the Collie boys needed a Dino or two to make a game of it. Reever and Whitey love nothing more than reminding the Jurassic Allstar 2017 selectors about the place that their names need to be on that list so grabbed a Collie jumper each with Reever playing roving fwd/back/left and right wing position and DW(ag) suring up the leaky back line.

Meanwhile on the sidelines the HaHa boys were giving plenty of constructive instructional advice, footy knowledge reaped over years of ….ok, ok it wasn’t constructive or in most cases even related to footy but if I was picking up what they were putting down, there is no danger we will ever get ahead of ourselves as long as Statler and Waldorf are at the club. First game coach Shane ‘The Barbarian’ Coenen must have taken inspiration from the verbal fire that was coming from the Dino cheer squad cos the delivery he gave at quarter time was something between a David Parkin vein popper and a Mike Milkshake ‘ the Ox is slow but the earth is patient’.

The second half saw a few changes and new avenues to goal. Rolly and Condo hit the score board for the first time in their Dino careers, Splinter kicked a sensational bomb and Big Paniel Dangan showed off his strong leading ability with Benny Brown like accurate kicking and went BANG BANG. Reidy must have thought Kingy was going about it the right way recently and had racked up 4 points in a typically busy display and our other runners in Wal and Barbs were creating a nightmare for the Collie boys with their run through the middle and into the forward line.

With the game iced and the last minutes ticking down, #23 dropped a very difficult spinning ball 25m out from in form wingman Macca. As it spilled to the ground a fleet footed Rolly swooped on it and accepted the second effort sheppard offered by #23 and snapped a goal. With arms stretched to the heavens in a ‘get around me boys’ motion post goal he was heard to utter, ‘this shit’s easy’. $2

The back line deserves a big shout out, especially with only Potts and The Seamstress as regulars for only letting a single goal through. Potts was his commanding self with voice and the courage to play in front when one over the back is certain death but only it never gets there.

Over a doz goals to a single major was the approximate score line.

Presos : Splinter and Rolly as BOG

Big up to : Wal for driving the bus into the wee small hours, Gunja for doing the Prez duties, Shano Coenen for a coaching master piece and Saw Dust and Noah for running water.

The after dark on this trip was always going to be something with Collie Idol running and with the HaHas in the lead peloton and halfway up the mountain before anyone had started. A special mention to Greeny for an outstanding effort with Jack Black’s Tribute song, to Splinter as the fiddler and his ladder wielding side kick Potts, Vila sang in his second language and Hally’s twerking was right up there with the best. Incredibly we all survived, nay thrived the night and arrived back at designated pickups in the small hours of Sunday morning.

A ripper night fellas and a great warm up for The Seamstress’s 50th in a month and the carnival trip to Perth.


Keeeech Out

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Round 6, July 1ST 2017 – Dinos v Busso Maggies at Jurassic Park



Kim Jong may have been priming his first intercontinental ballistic missile over the weekend in Nth Korea but our own explosive little package Kev Jong Pears was getting set to roll out his cannons in his big mile stone ‘50 games’ game. This package of goal kicking fury inspired a few words on his work at Jurassic Park over the past 7 years.

Our mate, Kev Jong

A frustrated goal sneak when at Kelly Park

Released forward in Masters, kicks like a dart

When I say dart, I mean just that

Never over 25m and rarely hit flat

In 2015 he stepped up as our Prez

Ruled with an iron fist, we did what he says !

Spreadsheets were flying, this man was on song

Such a stranglehold on power, we now call him Kev Jong

His Doggies are up and just knocked over my roos

If we picked our team on humility, he’d be playing the 2s

Although not the dimensions of a modern AFL player

As a clubman and pisshead, he’s a legendary stayer.

The excitement was too much for many crew close to Kev Jong with Mocha and Coach Candy Crush retreating to Coral Bay and Muzz, Mill and Hoost escaping the cold Pavilion for the warmth of Melbourne.

Under grey North Korean like skies, Busselton had come a bit light (18 players) and we had 20 so young Ads Grieve donned the black and white and prepared to take on his tangerine mentors. Barbs took the reins for the day and swung a surprise move with Juice playing off the half back which he quickly turned into a goal kicking position much to his fellow backmens’ surprise (well, ok maybe not). The moves didn’t stop there with Botty placed in the defensive goal square and Pearsy in the middle. At the end of the first stanza, we were slightly in front but given we had use of the breeze, it didn’t appear we were going to have it all our own way (especially if Wal continued enjoying stinging his old mate Donk with incorrect disposal…hot or what umpy ?!!) . Kingy was up to his old tricks again and had extended his run of singles to 9 before a mark of the day, back with the flight catch sparked a golden streak of 3 majors to complete a solid day. The back men were making it hard for the opposition with Botty putting on a kicking clinic, Pots and Fanta reading the play as they do and Condo enjoying a tackle or three. The instructions from one of our generals (Hoggs) to another down back was to keep the bark up and Pothole came to the party in spades. He was heard shouting after another Dinosaur goal,  ‘Have ya got a heart beat Dinos ?’ and has probably given the first Dino spray for not celebrating hard enough.

Meanwhile up the other end, the forwards in Shredder, Kingy, Anzac, Kevy Jong and crew were enjoying the silver service being offered by a band of operators in the middle. Splinter, Mang/Capt Jack, Griever, Macca, Barbs and Fish provided an engine room that meant the Maggies where always chasing tail. The combination of all 3 lines playing their part for 4 quarters saw most of us get a few kicks and enjoy the day.

We sang the song with Kev in the middle and celebrated an 8 goal victory which was our first ever run away win against the competitive Busso boys. It was a 9/10 performance and probably best summed up by Brook Kelly (Leo’s son) – ‘’Well played boys, today we got Dino – Tuned’

Bottles of wine : Kev and Wal

Special mention – Juice, Pothole, Greiver, Shredder, Botty, Splinter, Kingy (3 goals)

Big up to Wal for umpiring and Mike ‘Dr No’ Grieve for kicking the line marking machine into gear prior to the game. The burgers and chips went down beautifully and Rebecca Matthews worked through the night of a range of soups while her husband was celebrating the end of the financial year with his fellow spreadsheet warriors out on the town. Well done Gunja for jumping off early and sorting the admin before the presentations and for bringing down the wood for the fire. Unfortunately for those that love smoke in their eyes, it was non carbon emitting Darlik taking the points as the numbers huddled around each showed on the night.


Next game in Collie so keep ya leg warmers on boys !!!


Game 5 – Dinos v Sharks at Hands

June 17th  2017

As the Swans rolled over the Tigers so too are the days of our lives….or Kingy’s life in the yella and black. Would Dawg be able to focus in his milestone game with this distraction hanging in the air ? The next 90 mins would tell the story and so into the fray we went against the old foe, the Collingwood of Masters SW on a newly surfaced Hands Oval.

The temperature hit 18 degrees as we gathered for the toss. The Sharkies are a proud bunch and although had 8 fewer troops at bounce down, were not to be taken lightly as we were to find out with the first quarter finishing with things tied up.

Griever and Zac had gone across to even things up and provided some late quarter run for the old enemy which proved to be critical in holding back the tangerine wave. The second quarter started with the Dino’s getting some run out of the middle and working it forward to the combo of dangerous talls in Kingy, Shredder, Splinter, Botty, Gunga and dynamic smalls in Duffy, Guesty, and Fanta.

Out of nowhere, disaster strikes…..1000s of kms away Micky Barlow was sucking on his green dummy for his busted ankle, then stretchered off the ground and ambo’d off to hospital while our barman Micky Hoggan suffers the same injury backing back into oncoming traffic and walks off the ground and drives himself to emergency. Coming off best at the Busso carnival, an irreplaceable loss both on and off the ground.

A big up to Shagga and Timbo Sparrow for helping out the Sharkies for the second term and beyond. The second half continued the Dino dominance through the middle with Macca and Gunja rolling particularly well right to the final siren and deservedly took the best on ground awards. Special mention to Kingy who was lively kicking 7 points (1.1 he recons) and having a hand in many other shots which thankfully went through.

Dinos by 8 goals

A beer with the Sharks boys (big up to Ross Piggot who kicked a couple and Vossy who are both an inspiration in just getting out there let alone gather good pill) and we hit the showers and a few beers at the well appointed home of footy in the Southwest. We celebrated Kingy’s 50TH and enjoyed the Shark’s hospitality with our families and a few boy headed onto the Highway Hotel to see an ACDC tribute band…..horns up.

Thanks to Barbs, Salty, Dan and Reever for helping with the umpiring.

Congratulations on Mill’s coaching for the first time….with that many players, you see the board and not much else. And a fantastic first game for Rolly the South African import who has slotted into the Dino outfit quite nicely.

Well done to King Dawg on 50 eventful games….

An ode to the Dawg:

He’ll play 100 before he’s 40

We started him early, it was a little naughty

But who could deny our push up king

Awesome grab and he kicks em from a wing

Arms like tree trunks and a shaven head

A ripping team man, he helped build our shed

And as the sun sets and its time to get loose

Again this boy gives it and almighty roost

Well done Dawg on 50 you just have to rate

Dusty as a Kanga, I just can’t wait !


Next game at home to the Busso Magpies on Sat 1st July…..let’s show em how we casserole !!!


Keech #23

2017 Country Carnival Wrap

So we returned to the carnival that gave us so much in 2015….limo rides at lunch with frothies, a bag of 6 from the Minister of Transport and a Wal dangle on the same day that Nic Nat took his mark of the year in the Auskick comp. 2017 was a new year with the limo long since crashed and retired and the Minister and Wal showing off their inner Bush Tucker Man skills to their respective families deep into Bum Fcuk Idaho.


A few notables before bounced down had us up and about. Hutto has been working in Perth so good to see him back in the tangerine. Cuppy hadn’t played a game in 2017 but was teased out of hibernation along with Whitey playing his second game. The Wolf Pack was in full force ready to take on the world. Dooly and Fos had thrown the yellow jumpers away in a sign that even the elder statesmen were ready to rumble. Zac, Condo and Donk were at their first carnival and no doubt anxious about taking on the load of 3 games in one day for the first time.


Game 1: vs Eaton

With a force of 30 strong players, it was up to Maybs to manage the unmanageable and rely on a rotation policy with self disciplined swaps to get everyone an even go while still putting our best foot forward…as I said, a tall order.

The engine room got to work and thrust it forward with Guesty hitting the board with a signature crumbing left foot snap which had the crowd looking to see if it wasn’t Eddy Betts. He dragged himself which to the uneducated looked like a disciplined act but really designed to get oneself closer to an adoring fanbase on the sidelines and really soak it up. Juice, Rowey and Mill were gathering pill and Shreader was cutting up like Daniel Day Lewis playing the The Butcher but the real story was down back in Micky Hoggan. It was quiet simply the perfect game….let down only in that his trademark barrel didn’t get fired but all kicks hit targets and if he got near it he got it. Hutto took a nice grab deep but lost a point to the Russian judge for passing off to the fleet footed hipster in J. Reeves. Gunja is in career best form for the Dinos which at 52 years is quite remarkable, playing half back, wing, ruck and making Nick Riewoldt look one dimensional but I saw something that troubled me. Our man appreciate his own work a little too much in slow motion during the dying stages of this game when he hit hammer laces out on his left while on the run…the tight perm watched every rotation of that ball (with arms out to make sure the audience was along for the ride) until Hammer had put another mark on his overflowing stat sheet.

Thanks to Dooly for umpiring this game

Dinos 6 goals Eaton 1

Game 2: vs Crabs

The prelude to this game started with Kalani Heal announcing that his Dad was going to miss this game and play for Carey Park. The poor kid didn’t know where to look and put a full stop on this announcement with a, “”í don’t know what he’s doing !’’. Both Heal boys ran water for the Dinos and pretended that all was still well in the world and their man still bled tangerine. I am sure we have not heard the last of this detour of duty.

The ground we had played so well in 2015 (renamed for the day Waller Park to remember the highly illegal but revered fore mentioned mark that Wal took last carny on this ground) seemed to swallow us up in this game but all credit to the boys from Leschenault as they shut our space down and crisscrossed their way to goal with well placed leads and kicking. A nice running goal from Mill was a rare highlight with Salty more than holding his own in this game. It was obvious to see that it meant something to the Crabs to get a narrow win which is great and shows that a healthy on field rivalry we have got going.

Thanks to Maybs for umpiring this game

Dinos 2 goals Crabs 3

Game 3: vs Rockingham Rams

The Rams have one of the best jumpers in the comp with a big set of balls front and centre but just like Richmond knows only too well, it takes more than a good strip and song to get the chocies. Capt Jack did a bum cheek in the warm up which swung Kenno into the ruck in a solo role. Gunja, Hainsy and Fos had hired themselves out to the Sharks for the last game and Salty had a hot dinner date to get to so we were down to about 5 on the bench for this game. Shreader’s game lifted to another level with running patterns and surges that Gebrselassie would be happy with and 3 goals. Griever, Zac and Deebs were also very good in tight and on the run till the end as was our backline (Fanta/Potts/Hoggs) who ended up conceding 5 goals for the whole tournament which not too many other teams could boast.

Dinos 8 goals Rams 1

A big thanks to Leo ‘Fingers’ Kelly for the rub downs and words of quiet encouragement. To Maybs for running the changes and umpiring. To Dools and Whitey for umpiring. To Muzz for doing the bits and pieces required as crew were playing, outsourcing themselves, umpiring together with the admin duties on the day.

Best for the day : Mike Hoggan, Cheyne Reid, Ben (Gunja) Johnston

After dark news :

Gunja carved off a bit of his land in Dardy for the Freo Phantoms to call their tent land on Sunday night. They enjoyed some tall tales into the evening around the fire….gotta love the hospitality of country people.

Mill, Hainsy and Muzz had got a little exited at presentations and consumed a fanta too many so dropped it on me that it would be best if I left my car behind and drove their buss back to Dunzy ($2 each). After a fun night at The Pour House in Dunzy, I rode into my inlaws driveway at 3am Monday morning with legs ready for a rest.

All in all a great day in the sun and evening of fun…..big boy footy months ahead in the cold and wet so let’s try and maintain the rage until the next August carnival in Perth.

#23 over and out

Game 3 vs Waroona Demons

5.30pm rolled around on Friday and instead of reaching for a coldie to wash away the angst of the working week or indifference from the cheese and kisses or disrespect from the tin lids…..we took off from the pav in the bus or gathered the family into the car or in Splinter’s case rubbed the sleep from his eyes, looked around the casino hotel room and wondered who the Chinese guy was sleeping in the shower for the night before.

With Keith (Go West’s swing man) at the wheel we arrived into Waroona in good time. We were greeted with 17 degrees with no wind and a light dew meant we had the best possible night conditions.

A quick canvas of who had played the Waroona ground before the game came up with a heavy home ground advantage for the Demons boys but with Jurassic Park like circular dimensions, there was something familiar about the joint.

As we warmed up, the Waroona league team was still training which restricted our pre-game drills. One of the Dino’s was seen to wander over to a Demon who looked like they were in charge and suggested the Auskickers needed to vacate so the big boys of AFL could ply their trade…after running his eyes up and down said Dino’s lumps and bumps with a fat Dinosaur proudly displaying his sword (oh, shit that’s a cane…is this guy serious), he turned to the group and suggested the special needs school was in town and manners probably dictated that they left it to us.

We won the unlose-able toss and kicked with the sprinklers which would pump out of the Yarragadee aquifer all night in an attempt to slow our quicker movers. The first quarter was the opposite of how we usually roll early with quick movement into the forwards. Guesty crumbed like a champ and snapped truly to open proceedings with Reever, Shredder, Whitey and Botts creating more headaches than Craig Hall at Sunday school. To the Demons credit, they out gunned us slightly in the 2nd to keep their chances alive and their strong recruiting drive was threatening to take it away from us. Juice was up and rolling, Zac was giving great drive from half back/centre , Fanta’s intercept marking in 2017 is making Jeremy McGovern look like he is handling soap. Great to have Shane Coenen back in the backline and providing plenty with this up town/down town one touch skills but a side knock to the knee had him iced for the 2nd stanza. Demons capitalised with their bigger bodied midfield starting to offer their forwards some delivery. The Dino’s steadied in the last with a few players having at crack at some different roles and we ran out narrow winners on the night.

Zac Reading was showered in the circle for his first game and a glorious start to what we hope is a long Dino career.

Best : Zac, Fanta, Juice, Reever, Shredder

Late mail is that there has been a protest put in from Waroona about Fanta playing for the Dino’s. Something smelling of the Albany-Hall arrangement in that Waroona are complaining that their team’s structures without Fanta in it have been severely affected and then he goes and gets in the best for the Dino’s to rub their noses in it.

The Waroona boys put on a fine dinner on the house from their kitchen and the full facilities were enjoyed by the boys and families. Magnificent to see Doully, Fanta and Splinters families at the game with Kalani/Aston Heal mainstays rockin wrestling on the sidelines as dad does his stuff.

Congratulations to Maybs for umpiring and speech duties at the presentation which for someone keen to have a kick himself is a big tick.

A one stop bus trip home included another first in Dino history with a male skimpy operating at the Waroona Hotel. Many footy clubs would have turned tail at this environment but not the Dinos. I guess if we can roll with Hally running around as Robin Hood in tights at training, a pair of hot pants when we’re out and about looks a bit dressed up. A few beers at the bar and beer garden, girls kissing on the dance floor to a tone deaf DJ + St Kilda/GWS replay on the big screen provided enough distractions to keep us around for an hour or so.

Thanks to Go West for organizing the bus and providing Keith at a very generous rate given we arrived back at the Pav at 1am.


Keech Out

Game 2 vs Past Times (Carey Park)

22nd April 2017

Our first home game of 2017 had finally arrived and the chance for Splinter and Condo (Donk injured but on drone duties so will be interesting to see some game shots from the sky) to get their first taste of the tight Jurassic Park layout. This was also a significant game given it was the Past Times’s first visit to Jurassic Park with former Dinosaurs Frank Italiano and Pasties’s captain Scotty Sarre on board.
3.30pm rolled around and after embarrassing Mike Kelly with a lil ditty called ‘’Micky Juice’’ to celebrate his 50TH game, we ripped into it with Pasties kicking with the breeze. Each quarter went to the Dinos by a goal or two but the Carey Park boys didn’t let up all game and will be a strong unit in the future.

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Best – Wal and Fanta. Rowey and Juice had plenty of ‘smell the cow’ moments, Botty presented well and can kick, Kingy rucked and rolled, Mill had the highest tackle count on the ground and Reever got a hospital pass which resulted in him getting ironed out (Donk has a ripper shot of it BTW which I believe is at the framers).  DSC00411


Congratulations to Dools and Hutto on a top job umpiring
which took the heat off the new boys to come up with someone.

Nice touch with the wheel barrow full of ice and beers after the game…taken from the Wongan Hills carnival and the new Dino tent debuted at the ground so innovation is alive and well at the DDFC.

Great to see old players Georgey Nichols, Wang, Squares and Foggs at the game. A few Shane Jones masks, a la Craig Turley in the 90s popped up around the ground which was also a nice dip of the lid to the former Dino who has been the driving force behind the Pastimes.


Preso’s came and went and the casseroles were very well received by all as was the raffled bottle of bourbon won by a Pastimer. Well done to Kev ‘’Chippy’’ Pears who with The Hoggans, (big up to Tash as well) organised the kitchen and to all the boys who helped sell raffle tickets and shell out the beers, softies and wines for the ladies. More rewarding than working for George Colombaris they recon in that hot little room on Saturday night. Excellent work by Leo for a great first game of manly manipulation….he’s still got the fastest fingers in the business.

Great standard set for the rest of the year….next home game is not until the end of June so plenty of time to plan for that.

Next stop, another first with our first game at Waroona on Friday Night 5th of May and another former Dino to tackle in Wardy and maybe PD if he’s about.


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Game 1 vs Margaret River Hawks @ the Hawks Nest

8th April on a beautiful Friday Autumn evening

With only 10 on the bus, we headed out and crossed our fingers that there were car loads of Dinos heading down the highway. The phones began to ring from the boys ahead in cars that there had been a bad crash at Capel and traffic was being diverted inland. We had one of Go West’s best drivers, Keithy, at the wheel (with threats of demotion from Mill ringing in his ears if we got stuck in grid lock and had to forfeit) so with the flick of the wrist, we were trucking through a tuart forest and back onto the highway.

On arriving, a few of the car poolers were kicking the dew off the field with the Margs boys who would normally still be trying to find their boots amongst their sex wax and shark shields. They looked prepared for battle and not showing any of the expected Wongan Hills fatigue having gone to war like ourselves only 6 days previously. There were a few rye smiles between the camps that suggested there were some sore bodies but it was game one so time to get busy in 2017.

The game was a shootout in slippery conditions and could have gone either way so we sang the song just in case. The game was played with tremendous spirit and there was plenty of banter and desperation out on the field which was a credit to both clubs and perhaps a product of having had the weekend before on the squirt with them up at Wongan Hills.

Best – Hally and Hammer with Juice and Rowey offering a bag of tricks for the crowd and Kingy looked very likely up forward taking a few grabs, kicking truly and passing off a couple.

The Margs footy club is open 7 days a week so they know how to pull a beer and the ribs for dinner were spot on. Maybs did a fine job on the presentations and we packed onto the bus and off to Settlers for the few hours of gambling, mingling, pool playing and listening to a dreadlocked dig playing muso with light show which was more entertaining than it sounds. Hainesy was on board with guitar so it was Chisel, Crowded House, Hoodoo Gurus and The Angels sing alongs all the way back to the Pav. At 1.30am we said our good byes and prepared for church later that day.

Nice start to the year boys !