WACA Test Day 1 – Ashes 2013 – Dinosaurs on Parade

IMG_1147WACA Test Day 1 – Ashes 2013 – Dinosaurs on Parade


Dinos present on tour :                   Craig Hall, David Haoust, Murray Wharton, Chris Simbas,
Paul Delaney, David White, Andrew King, Nic Ogden, Ben ‘Gunja’ Johnson and Bill Keech.

                                                                   The beers had been icedIMG_1136 from the night before and Chef Hall had the BBQ cooked by the time we arrived at his place at 7.30am…like a well oiled (and we were by Mandurah) machine we pulled out on the Go West Bus with fellow sponsors Southern Lock and Security, Gard and Associates represented (sadly Spirit Radio, Warrick Welding and Nexus Insurance we not able to make it happen at this busy time of year)….no excuses for any product placement this year within reports.

The panic in Oggy’s voice was palpable, he had missed his bus and in danger of missing the first ball. As is the Dino way, we made a detour and swooped up the man voted as least popular Dinosaur 2011.                                                     After a few wee stops (down from last year as Sarrey was not on this years tour), dealing with Kingy’s thong blow out and battling the Perth traffic we arrived at the ground with Australia having lost an early wicket.IMG_1106


We grabbed our seats and no sooner had we sat down thanIMG_1109 the SMSs from the corporate tent started….Muzz with beer, Murray with canapés, Murrington (from Warrick Welding) with Gladstone Small (and his companion, Gladbags Big).

The Aussies dug in and we went to lunch over the road at Gloucester Park on the instruction of that wiley ol captain of the Dalyellup 3rds, David White. The full strength beer was a relief to the system although PD struggled with the fact that there was no red wonder on offer.

With the reliIMG_1108ef of having been in shade for a few hours, we headed back to the ground to brave the 40 degree heat on the plastic seats (check out the pic of Whitey shorts for an indication of just how hot it was).

We finished the day full of cheer as the Aussies had complied the biggest first day score at a WACA test. Only on thing to do, celebrate at one of the Dinos favourite watering holes, The Carlton Hotel where the render has completely gone now and the patrons have started picking at the brick mortar…expect a death at this joint any day.

Mike Atherton was good enough to have a photo with us on the way to The Carlton but needed it to be quick as he had a function to get to. I said no problems Mike and yelled at Muzz/Hally and Gunja who where about 200m away across the park. After he had got over his bizzy self (with an obscenity), I asked him if I could wrestle him for the urn in the pick. He said, ‘no lad, I’m not dIMG_1140oing that and anyway you’ve already got that fooking thing’.

The Go West bus was delayed somewhat which had nobody complaining except Whitey as he had to play the next day. After an eventful trip (Hoost’s “Austray-ya, ya chicken is ready, austray-ya, ready right now, austray-ya, red red ready red rooster” will not leave my head), we arrived in Bunbury at a bit past midnight. The magnificent Terri Keech of Southern Lock and Security fame was waiting at Go West HQ to ferry the weary lads home.

As the pics tell, it was a cracker.

IMG_1143Next year there is no test but we will most likely do a one day-er.

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Keech “The Key”IMG_1105 Greig

Xmas in the park Sat 8th Dec at the Dalyellup South Oval.

A small but intimate group gathered to celebrate the festive season on Sat 3rd Dec at the Dalyellup South Oval.IMAG1762Present : Darren ‘Santa’ Gittos, Dan ‘Elf Stewart’ and Angela Mangan + kids,Mike and Kiralee Grieve + kids, Andrew and Janelle King + kids,Luke and Nat Conforti + kid + bub, Dave and Naomi Haoust + kids,Justin and Shona Fantasia + kids, Bill and Terri Keech + kids and Coach Hutton.


After a few drinks and bit of lunch, Santa Gittos and his little helper Dan arrived with a big bag of toys for the dino-mites.

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After the big fella had taken off it was down to the serious business of carting Dave Haoust’s little dibbly dobblies all over theIMAG1798 show in park cricket.

When that got a bit predictable, we tuned into the Aussies thumping the Poms at Adelaide oval on the radio and played a bit of boules (Haousty dominating this with his unique wrist action coming to the fore).

The peppermint trees provided some welcome shade for the girls to kick back on the deck chairs under and have their boys ferry them drinks for as long as the drinks lasted.


All in all it was a very enjoyable day and we were all packed up and out of there by 3pm.

Until next year crew,


Dino Committee meeting 3rd Dec 2013 # 1


A high altitude meeting was held in the Ferguson valley on Dec 3rd 2013 to lay the foundations for next year.

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Present: Keech, Pears, Wharton, Johnson, Fantasia,
Gittos, Grieve, Mangan, Hutton, Moulton

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Apologies: Baskerville, Jones, Hall, Haoust, Simbas, Sarre

Key points from meeting:

1. We need some early fund raising in the form of:
a)      Bladder Buster in February – $20 ticket x 200 tickets – $2000 profit
b)      Raffle for Bali holiday in March – $xxx tickets x xxx tickets – $xxx profit
c)      Bunnings sausage sizzle in March – $1500 profit
d)      Subs in by game one ($150 x 30 players) – $4500 profit
e)      10 sponsors committed and paid by first game ($xxx x xx) – $xxx

$ xxxx in bank by start of first game…

Note: we will continue with subs, extra sponsors, JV with country carnival hosts, show at one home game (estimated additional $10,000 for year)

[Murray Wharton, Scott Sarre, Darren Gittos]

2. Training night’s drinks and food will be run by the Dan Mangan/Mick Hoggan (collection of monies at end of night and purchase of the drinks/food/ice). Brett ‘Doolz’ Moulton will act as default barman initially and a roster made up for each week once we get in the swing. Dan and Mick to be supplied keys to the shed and the till.

[Dan Mangan, Mick Hoggan]

3. Sponsors Day – Organised around a May home game

[Murray Wharton, Scott Sarre, Darren Gittos]

4. Improvements to the shed – look at options around extending what we have or moving to a new spot around the oval somewhere. These options will be explore between the Capel Shire, Dalyellup College and Lutheren School. These improvements will take the form of a bizzy bee during the off season as we did in 2011 when we constructed the shed and paving.

[Bill Keech]

5. The Media Centre run by Justin and Shona Fantasia will bring back Dino TV in a big way in 2014 so make the most of any media training offered around the fire after training each Thursday.

Note: A permission form will be sent out to each Dino to allow pics of your family to be placed on dalyellupdinosaurs.com

[Fantasias, Gittos to supply video camera]

6. The Property Department will spend approx $400 on basics for first aid kit (players supply own strapping), investigate minimum orders for different sized polos/jumpers (short and long) before the start of next year.

[Mike Grieve]

7. Football department – a) Training will occur in 2014 occasionally away from Jurassic Park with Doolz (Donnybrook – new kitchen) and Hutto (Boyanup) as likely alternatives. b) Pre-season will start approx mid Feb, c) mid year scratch match to be played at Georgian Molloy (Dean Owens).

[Doolz, Hutts, Deano]

8. Fixturing – focus will be on working with the league to achieve a home/away/home schedule and a preseason trip to the wheatbelt.

[Bill Keech]

9. Budget to be constructed and presented to the sponsorship and social committees and targets drawn up.

[Bill Keech and Steve Baskerville]

Summary: It was a productive meeting and will set the base for a productive committee and a fun year ahead. If there are any issues you’d like to see addressed and not mentioned, please let me know.


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