Dalyellup Dinosaurs vs Margaret River Hawks 10-8-13
So the last game of the year rolls around and we’re at home vs one of the most consistent teams in the comp in Margaret River but a team that has not travelled particularly well over the years. Well, our Dino hospitality at the Pav must be getting out there because they arrived to a blustery Jurassic Park with a full contingent of players. Our ranks were equally impressive with half a doz + warriors on the bench and ready to do battle.
Nev (Cam Sutherland) Welsh had been at it again and the padding was on the goal posts and the ground marked up by the time crew started arriving for the big game. The grass was left a little long as word from stand in coach Dags Gittos was that they had a few heavy footed players and a thicker thatch might just give us the edge we needed. This attention to detail was to be the theme of Tripod’s coaching effort for the day. His board was marked up, the changes rehearsed and a pre-game speech from Alan Jeans written up and then delivered in a narrative style tone that had me wanting sit on the ground cross legged and hear the next chapter.
Mike Grieve purchased a ball that morning which had come out of a factory that had stamped ‘adult size’ on the kiddies balls in an effort to increase profits. This unusually undersized ball was used in our warm up and was another little advantage the Dino’s took into the match before the ball had even been bounced.
The Dino’s won the toss and kicked with a slight wind assistance. Squares filled in for Simba as umpire and the opening stanza mirrored a couple of prize fighters testing each other out without anyone landing any decisive blows. The second quarter saw Gittos make the big move of Hutton from the unfamiliar forward line, back into half back. Margs looked to step it up with the breeze and found The Hall Wall (or on the day,The Gittos Gate) was shut with Hutto, The Blanket, a sick Doona, Dools and one of the original backline greats in Whitey repelling everything. Jonah was also switched from half back to full fwd and with Georgey Nichols back in Dino den, chaos reigned for Margs in front of the big sticks with Georgey laying a heavy hit on another yellow jumper and letting him know all about it.
The second half rolled out with more changes and experiments left right and centre including Keech to CHF on remote control from Jonah (couple of the instructions were ‘go left’, ‘go right’, ‘stop talking to your opponent and face the ball’), Blanket in the guts, Fos in quick bursts in the ruck with Earl Gray and Gunja keeping everyone guessing to where the taps where going, Juice/Deano/Bask and Oggy delivering into the fwd line and the backmen continuing their job from the second quarter.
The way it rolled out…….
3.3 vs 3.2
3.2 vs 4.2
4.1 vs 2.2
4.3 vs 3.2
Dinos 14.9 vs 12.8
Notables: Jonah (4.2), Juice, Deano, Gunja, Hutton, Keech (2.0)
The show afterwards went very well with chips and beef rolls proving a very handy combo and more guys being involved with putting together the day than we have ever had. Thanks to Bask and his little lady Stacey/Earl/Fanta/Conforti/Reever/Macca in the kitchen and providing the crock pot/slow cookers. Big up to Fos for getting the buns and chips, Bask for picking up the drinks, Mikey G for grabbing a new ball, Ace for his usual work on the mic after the game and to Gits for a top job in the coaching box. Aside from his groundsman duties, Nev again had an impact by opening up for us and helping a few of the boys with the cleanup.
Financially we covered the beers after the game, the prizes for best on ground for each team, a new ball for the game and we still came out $100 in front so all in all it was a good day both on and off the track and we look ahead to some of the headline dates in the Dino calendar in the Mandurah Carnival, our players and partners dinner and the end of season trip.
Training will continue at the shed until the gas runs out in the new heater or we decide that spring has sprung and its time to pack the footy away.