Game # 4 – Dinos vs Crabs at Jurassic Park

The bench mark of the competition in the Crabs was before us this weekend and with a dozen players from our last game not available, it required a ring around for numbers not seen since Kevin Rudd held office. We started the game with 8 on the bench (as did The Crabs so don’t think they came expecting anything but a fight) which was a fantastic result for our club’s playing stocks into the future.

 

With the prospect of having to fill 3 games at the carnival and get the necessary administration tasks done, it has created a pool of 40 active players which will be enough to keep things running before all players are available to help run the show and for us to be competitive on the track in all three games.

 

Hutto had some much welcomed assistance in the coaching panel with Stew Parners running the board, club legend Georgey Nico was back running water and the unluckiest Dino to ever have pulled a hammy in Scooter did the umpiring duties. Thanks for your contributions boys, you certainly helped make the day possible !!

 

A big thanks to Badge for prodding the Carey Park boys Jamie and Shane Nani and Brenton Smith into action, to Gav Kennedy for playing his first game, cricketing journeymen Benny Lagana and Rod Jones, and Hogg’s mate Paz got involved for the first time also. It was also great to see previous stalwart players having a kick this weekend in Hainesy, Rowey, Deano, Grazer, Oggy and Whitey. 2014 players in Josh and Nobba were on board also which made for a very different team than 2 weeks ago and certainly this time last year.

 

The weather was kind to us as the wind and rain stayed away for the duration of the game. We were kicking to the Lutheran School end of the ground in the first quarter and began strongly by restricting them to 3 goals and kicking 3 ourselves…it would have been a few years since that would have happened to the Crabs. Benny Lagana kicked two off a forward flank, Paz was sent to full forward to mix it up like Grenville Dietrich and the Nani’s swapped in the ruck and off the bench in an explosive combination. By half time we were only a few goals down and Badge had put in his best half for a few years at Dino land. Unfortunately he was to do an ankle in the 3rd quarter which will see him limping around Kelly Park for a bit. By the last term we were an undetermined amount of goals down as we don’t keep score but things were positive in the huddle and we came out firing. Deano was running hard and hit the board with a few points which was to be our last push The crabs sung their song with gusto that suggested they were very happy with their performance and in that light, so should we be.

All players had lots of footy and many kicks 🙂

 

Notable performances: Ben Lagana, Mike Kelly, Justin Miller, Nick Ogden, Lee Hutton, Dean Owens.

 

With the Ha Ha boys otherwise occupied it was a quieter post game party so a few beers with the presentations, a good bloke won the raffle for a change and it was clean up the joint and head home. A big thanks to Hoggs, Tash and Sandra (Mrs Dools) for doing a great job in the kitchen, Whitey for ripping around and collecting $100+ in the raffle…the Dinos and Crabs all mentioned what a top finish to the day it was.

 

Now it’s onto the carnival in 2 weeks so get your circus tricks perfected and let’s put on a show that will make us all proud and make the club plenty of much needed funds.

 

#23

Sunday 1st June – WA Masters AFL carnival

Hi All,
Time for carnival is nearly here

Dalyellup Ovals : Click here for map of grounds

Bus parking will be reserved in the car park next to the Pavilion.

First games 9:30am

Final games 3.30pm

Fixtures : Click here – for when/where various teams are playing

Change rooms: Click here for Changeroom Locations

#1 – Dinosaurs + Eaton Boomers

#2 – Crabs + Freo Phantoms

#3 – Busso + Albany

#4 – Northern Warriors + Sharks

#5 – Rams + Collie

#6 – Pigs + Ducks

#7 – Margs + Makos

#8 – Ladies and kids toilets only

FOOD:

Breakfast at the ground will be available from 9amLTGB

Tea / Coffee / Cakes available from 9am onwards

Lunch available from 11.30am

12pm – bar open

2.10 – 4.10pm – Teams to collect their complementary beers and soft drink from the bar

5.30pm – Presentations and dinner availableHawaiian Haousty

DJ all day with band Little Miss kicking off from 6pm till 9pmLittle Miss

8pm – Best Hawaiian shirt announced

8.30pm – Yum van closed

9pm – Band finishes

 9.30pm – Shuttle bus back to Bunbury hotels for players not tenting

11pm – Liquor license finishes so its tall stories around the fire and retire to Tentland

 NEWS FLASH!!!

–     A camping area will be designated at the grounds for those planning on staying the night…please bring a tent and a swag. Shower and toilet facilities in the new Dalyellup Pavilion will be available on the Monday morning.

–        A tent for rub down and strapping before games will be provided at no cost to the player. If you are able to bring your own tape, that would be appreciated but we will be providing some for those that don’t.

More updates to follow, Keep returning for up to date information

 

Cheers

Groovin The Moo

Groovin The Moo (GTM) has come and gone for another year. Over the weekend Hoost gave us the opportunity to help out the juggernaut Go West, with the labour proceeds going to the Dinos. Keech in the day shift (10am-3pm) at Carey Park and Wharton/Bask/Mangers in the evening (8am-12pm) raised $500 for the club. For Dave, he got a few trusted souls handling money and treating the customers as their own and for us it is a nice little kicker so a win win all round. With the Bunbury Council signing on for the next 5 years hopefully we can participate again.

 

Nice work boys and a big up to Go West !!!

go west 2 Hertz

Game 3 – Dinos vs Margs Hawks @ Jurassic Park

 

Our first game at Jurassic Park had arrived and our kitchen legends were busting to show what a couple of weekends of watching the box set of My Kitchen Rules had done for their culinary skills. Meanwhile the change rooms were a buzz and with a solid preseason and two competitive games behind us, we were ready to tackle the Hawks who gave us a good run for our money at home last year.

We had good numbers (23 players), Margs arrived on time and Kimmy Narkle and Bask had put DSC_0131their hands up to umpire so we were set to go. Hutto sent a clear message to the group with captain Mar-lee Wharton’s questioning of his communication style being rewarded with a first quarter benching….# 1 might have been carrying an injury and the coach may have been looking after China’s favourite son but as this is the media, that sort of copy will not sell papers so let’s put it down as a sensational rift between captain and coach. Fran (car 68) loves a horn and she blew hers loudly to signal the start of the encounter.

The Dinos hit the ground running and after a nil all draw for the first 5 minutes of the game, we hit the board and controlled the ball for the first half of the quarter. To the Hawks credit, they came back to eveDSC_0143n the contest at the first whistle. It was Kev Pears’s return game and he showed some signs of rust as he came off with a face full of dirt and enough gravel rash to make him look like he had been dragged across the WACA wicket. He exacted revenge as only this man who god made for the wetter days with a signature ‘take the space’ move…unfortunately it was deemed tunnelling and the unlucky Hawk will need a month of back pDSC_0158hysio DSC_0176before he play again.

All in all, we looked functional up forward, in the middle and down back. Kingy and Jonah had peppered the goals so we appeared to have the fire power to roll over the top. Fossil was up for the fight and got his hand on the ball early, participated in a few contested possessions and generally found a liking for the pig skin. Unfortunately a hurt paw snuffed out the dapper painter with a voice that belongs on Spirit Radio, the crowd obviously felt a little cheated. After the game Fos was seen smashing bottles in the change rooms which is a McQueen celebratory tradition so he must have been reasonably happy with his game despite the injury. The back six had our A graders in there and blocked up most of their momentum so with a bit of breeze at our backs we were ready for the 2nd stanza.

DSC_0381Griever started the quarter with a few hard ball gets but it was the Hawks that arrested the ascendancy. A scrapping Dino backline contributed to them kicking poorly and kept us in the game. Fanta has made no secret of his noble pursuit of the golden fist award 2014 and did his chances no harm with some classic spoils that Danny Frawley or Nick Maxwell would have been proud of. Half time came and went and although we didn’t get smacked in the 3rd, we needed to kick 4 unanswered goals to win but we had the breeze and the will was there. Justin Rocky Miller has kept out of the rough stuff this year which probably goes to his new found zen as a father but he may have paid the price with a nasty wack to the face in the 3rd quarter. He shook it off as Hutto brought him to the bench for evaluation by the doc, no ill effects we thought….until half way through the last he could be seen sprinting DSC_0495away from everyone, unfortunately it was the wrong way and he completed his expensive mission by delivering laces out to a very surprised green jumper. Hutto has tried to indulge everyone who has mentioned their preference for going forward, back or in the guts which is great and today it was Hoggs’s turn to try something different with a move forward. Fortunately for us, his opportunities were limited and he was soon moved back to the familiar surrounds of PD and Fanta in the back six. Facing the direction he was kicking was like a double expresso after being out the night before with the Ha Ha (Hall/Haoust) boys and I cantDSC_0160 remember a time he got beaten in the air or the ball went over the back as he read the play beautifully on its way down into the danger zone.DSC_0414

Willy put a nice full stop on his day with his first goal in AFL….something some others have taken years to chalk up.At the final siren we had gone down by 4-5 goals which was a big effort by the Hawks as they played with 3 players less due to a combo of less skill errors and a touch more fitness.

DSC_0450We enjoyed a few beers with the Margs boys, a nibble on some 1st class $5 burgers (big up to Jenelle, Tash and big Dan with some able assistance from Stacy, Jenna and Bask on the BBQ) and settled in for presos. Pearsy popped on his block buster hat and pinged a few Dinos for not carrying their 4 x 2 orange beam with them and with Manger on the take with a belter of a raffle, the Dino coffers enjoyed a nice top up of just over $500 + booked fines.DSC_0374

Congrats to Hoggs and Fanta (BOT) and Corey (Mug), both hard won and deserved. Mangers had done a fine job in organising the food and drinks and with Hoggs, jumped on the end of a mop to clean up the change rooms…which could have seen the end of the night but Mar-lee had other ideas. So it was back to Gelorup where noise regulations are relaxed and the wild life are nervous. The host had started the fire, cranked the music up to ear bleeding levels and stacked the fridges…it was party time for a doz Dinos, a few Dinoettes and even some of the Dino Juniors….an eye popping education in life was definitely on offer for the kids but if you don’t believe me, I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t a couple of Dino TV reporters camped out in the bushes who will shine a bright light on festivities.

Excellent day and evening from a range of Dino boys and girls and now we brace ourselves for the considerable might of The Crabs on Sat 17th May.

Oh we are the Dinosaurs……

#23

Dinosaurs on tour – China 2014

guangzhou-in-location-mapNo doubt the odd Dinosaur polo has made it overseas but to my knowledge this trip to China is the first time a group from our footy club has traveled together which is another feather in the cap for the club. The collision of footy, mate ship and business is a powerful combination and given the productive fun we had on this trip, hopefully it is the first of many.

 

Trip plan

Mon – travel to Guangzhou, China via Singapore
Tues, Wed Thurs – Guangzhou
Friday – Macau
Sat – return to Aus
Sun – arrive early morning
 

Monday 14th April:

 

The Blanket swung by Southern Lock and Security in the Hertz rental bus (very comfortable ride at a reasonable rental price) at 7pm with Muzz and The Pest already on board and into the sauce. By Mandurah we were well into the swing and after a quick meal at the pub served by John Bulter’s sister, it was onto the airport. Customs let everyone through except for Craig which was to be a theme for the trip (each time I heard him say ‘damn, mum told me tattoos would cause me grief’) and from there it was all aboard to Singapore (6 hrs) and after a short stop, onto Guangzhou, China (4hrs) which Singapore airlines now calls the Bourbon run as The Ha Ha Boys had a crack at Boonies record and drank the plane dry.

 
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Tuesday:

 

It was Tuesday lunchtime by the time we had thrown the bags into the hotel (Dong Fang which translates to ‘Dick Bite’ in Aussie) and we had made ourselves familiar with the money exchange machine. 550 Yuan to the dollar was the go so with our wallets stuffed with cash, the fidgety four hit the mean streets of Guangzhou, complete with tiger feet stalls and the assorted dried penises. It was an aimless afternoon of window shopping, street drinking (there is no such thing) and prepaid sim card shopping (‘don’t work cos your phone bad..SIM card gooda’…our first taste of customer service Chinese style….aussies not so bad after all). A quick wash back at the hotel and it was out to the Pearl River district for dinner and some chat with the locals. On walking into the restaurant, within a minute, Blanket was holding a live green viper that had been plucked from a wicker basket and had already put it on the hit list before the three China virgins (Pest, Ma-lee, Barclay) could object. Muzz will from here on be known as Ma-lee as our Chinese friends liked to refer to the, how they say, Big Panda (they lined up to get a photo of this huge beast whenever they could). We sat down and had a nice dinner and drinks before the snake came out…strange that it had a backbone but there you go…it was China and as the English was mostly broken, it didn’t seem like much use asking questions…as you would expect, it tasted like chicken (abet, with a green skin). We paid the bill and found a bar across the street with marble, lights and chandeliers but no people so we headed into the karaoke bar next door and sang our hearts out, expressed ourselves through dance (Blanket with a toilet roll at one point) and worked through a few Budweisers. As we walked out of the place a dwarf was singing a Robby Williams song on stage in the main bar so as things were getting a bit boring, we decided to give that lonely bar next door one last go. You couldn’t believe it was the same place, packed to the rafters. Blanket made friends with everyone in the place so the drinks flowed like, well like drinks and we rallied ourselves for a final travel weary push and before we knew it yours truly was on stage with a group of very well groomed young men. There was a little too much bump and grind so Blanket took over with his famous ‘shuffle and point’ manoeuvre which sent the alternative life stylers into a frenzy which culminated in Pesty throwing one of the lads onto the stage to get him off him…wow!! As we were giving off all the wrong signals, it was time to call it quits. Back at the hotel,Ma-lee and Blanket were keen to be moving like gazelles at the fair so they called room service for an emergency massage.

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Wednesday

 

We woke a bit scratchy but keen to get to the fair so we scoffed some breaky (nothing for Craig as said he was full from the night before). Blanket claimed his massage was the best he had every had and to celebrate, he loaded his plate up 3 times with every fried tit bit on the banquet. An hour on the bus and we were at the fair. Ma-lee was like a coiled spring and couldn’t sit down so he left us to contemplate the day ahead. A few hours later we caught up with him and he uttered a sentence that was to haunt him for the trip…’’there’s nothing here, hey ?!!’ The Ha Ha boys and myself looked at him and burst out laughing….we were in one of the biggest shows on earth but ‘there was nothing here’. It was enormous, with shuttle cars going between sheds that were hundreds of meters long and wide and 4 floors…all packed with stalls.

Our dreams of seeing the meca of casinos at Macau (Macau Macau aaaah waaaa over hear aaaah waaaaa) was put to the sword during lunch when one of Blanket’s contacts advised that we would need another visa to get in/out of the place. So, another day at Guangzhou was decided which gave us the opportunity to take the foot off the accelerator but as Ma-lee would say, ‘there’s nothing to see here’ so maybe we would have been ok…but little did we know that the evening ahead would make the extra day a welcome detour. With our bags backed with product brochures/business cards and Pesty now hobbling due to Mr Chow getting him onto an electric unicycle that bit him on the heal (taking a nasty chunk out which would see him limp around like the Hunchback of Jurassic Park for the rest of the trip), we headed back to a bus and the sanctuary of the Dong Fang Hotel. After a shower and Ma-leeand Blanket had got through another massage, we spoke to the crew at the hotel, about where to go, had a drink at the bar and headed for that district. A nice Mediterranean restaurant was found and it was off to find a bar that Pesty had seen in our earlier travels…we hit the mother load…there was a reggae band playing, Sheesha (fruit and tobacco smoking pipes), a Canadian manager who spent most of the night with us and kept the bar open after closing, then guided us to a late night bar later in the evening…wow!! It all culminated in a 7am finish and a late start to the next day.

 
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Thursday

 

1pm and a sheepish wake up began…we had missed a day at the fair but given there would now be no Macau, we knew we had Friday so a slow day around the hotel was planned. That went out the window as by 2pm we had found a Dim Sum restaurant, had a couple of Pear River ales on the table, dressed up in our Dinosaur shirts and were enthusiastically belting out Waltzing Matilda to the polite clapping of the other dinners. Blanket was magic man one minute and the next he was playing a sheep as I was demonstrating how to wrangle and Pesty was showing off his wide comb shearing technique, all to a very confused audience. Tears were flowing at this stage and we were enjoying one of our best meals for the trip with food critic Craig describing the dumplings as, ‘a burst of goodness in your mouth’…geez they were good though. The next hour was like walking onto the set of a Quentin Tarantino movie as we helped unload petrol into a storage shed, shared chicken feet from a packet with a couple, watched mah-jong being played, Ma-lee met his Asian twin and we saw the sun for first time on the trip. There was no time to go back to the hotel to wash up for the night so we just continued on (‘Sssstraight thru’ as Blanket would say) to Party Pier and before you knew it, we were in a cowboy restaurant, each with the waiter hats on and massive Hoegaarden pints in our hands. After a good hit out which included Pesty riding a massive wooden horse and shooting balloons, we headed further up the pier. Ma-lee and Craig found a couple of bartenders who wanted to experiment with a few new cocktails which must have improved their eyesight as they made out Dave from 10 storeys up….those Dino shirts had helped all night with countless, ‘aaaah your friends are over there’ assistance. The long rest day finished with a shopping trip at 2am in the back blocks of Guangzhou which made for some very suspect purchases…Stace Hwill not be getting much use out of her $10 sneakers this side of Bagdad I wouldn’t have thought.

 
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Friday

 

Pesty had mentioned that he had never had a day with The Blanket that didn’t involve alcohol so Dave ‘Big Daddy’ H took up the challenge and it was to be a dry 24 hrs. After we moved hotels to the next door Marriot, it was back to the fair to pick up where we left off on Wednesday. Ma-leewas a completely different man to the ‘there’s nothing here’ fair goer earlier in the week and was wrapped to find some lintels, for the rest of us, we shuffled amongst the crowds in 30 degree heat and hydrated when we could find a drink that was below room temp (not big on refrigeration in China). With massive taxi lines from the fair, we found ourselves following a potential gang of thieves into a subway that could have been the precursor to a very dark place…we broke those ties for a traditional taxi after walking our traditional 5kms before getting one. The next couple of hours back at the hotel where like a haemophiliac walking into a blood bank…bit of time forPesty and Iby the pool with a few beers while Ma-leeand Blanket enjoyed their umpteenth massage for the week. A bit of a rinse and it was off to the Tian He district for some dinner and a bit of stall shopping on the way home….Blanket no drinks BTW and we were home in the PM for first time during the trip.

 

Sat

 

9am and it was off to the airport..Christmas carols were playing in the gift shop as we left….’Hark now hear the angles cry..’ in April..classic China….cheerful enough but just not quite right. Dave had booked the flights home so on each leg a sticker would appear on a poor unsuspecting ‘mate’s’ seat…soon to be followed by a hostess letting you know that your Indian Vegetarian meal would be served after the other guests had got their beef or chicken meal….but on the back of the week we had had, a nice green salad looked pretty good to me. After a very short stop in Singapore, we were home at close to midnight and found the Hertz rental bus where we left it. The cool Freo doctor hit us in the face as we exited the Perth airport, we collected a roo on the way home which McNaughton Gardiner will no doubt hear about and before we knew it, we were back in the Southwest and pretty happy about it.

 

Sunday – Home at 2am

 

The plague epidemic, part of the Third Pandemic reached Guangzhou in 1894 and caused the death of 60,000 people in a few weeks. I felt like we had put ourselves through at least as much as those poor souls had to endure and consider ourselves fortunate to have got home safely abet a few sore stomach muscles.A trip to try and remember for sure!!!