Home and Away Game # 4 – Dinos vs Eaton (at Glen Huon Oval)

The league had toyed with many names to promote this round……

 

  1. ‘New Kids on the Block’ round: With a third of the Dino side new to the club this year this tag would have fitted but give me a Scharenberg (man band) over a Wahlberg (boy band) any day.

 

  1. ‘Retro’ round due to the coach’s reliance on a cardboard magnetic board (good idea with the forecast of rain) after a couple of fruitless visits to the shed and pav to find the magnets on the morning of the game.

 

  1. ‘GWS v Goldy’ to honour the clash of the new boys to Masters footy in the Dinos and Boomers. Both clubs have been in the comp for 4.5 years now and it was time to see who had reached their 5 year plan.

 

The challenges of getting each of the 28 Dinos on the park for a ‘coach doesn’t get lynched in the car park’ amount of time and in an appropriate position was not lost on me as I pre-programmed 9 x three way changes. Unfortunately, half a dozen ‘Robert Bogucki’s (blokes lost in the wilderness) rocked up and the Limo boys arrived like rock stars with 5 minutes to bounce down. Muzz at Loosey’s wheel $5, the wolf pack (King/Rowe/Mill-haoust) $2, Hoost and Macca $2…..$15 slides as the great man would say.

 

First game players in Kane and Mark joined the other first year players in the team including Barbs, Deebs, Fish, Big Rick, Charlo, Dippa and Reidy. This is fantastic from a playing point of view but awesome from a club perspective. It’s going to be very interesting to see their performances in the back end of the season when the really big games arrive. I’m talking about the Rottnest end of season trip, the Mandurah Carnival, the Players dinner and the AFL 9s trip to Subi of course.

 

It was fair to say, this was not our best display of footy for 2015 but served to give a few guys different roles which will stand us in good stead in the future. Hoggs at full forward with 4 goals proved his versatility, Muzz on the wing was a revelation, Kingy continued his ruck transformation in Manga/Corey’s absence, Fanta/Shagga developed their ‘back 6’ contentedness with a quick exit from the forward line whenever placed there and Juice went to his first day of trade school and got to see what a good chippy can do with treated pine.

 

Pre-programmed rotations….stars on every line and a populated bench for fresh legs and where a truck load of ‘encouragement’ could be found.

 

Hoost (late withdrawal with Prince-itis), kane, hally, Dippa

Mill, macca, fish

Mark, Hoggs, Reidy

Fanta, Charlo, Rowey

Duffy, Bask, Shagga, Hutto (late withdrawal)

Gunja, Kingy, Marko

Reever, Rick, Muzz, 40 (late withdrawal)

Deebs, Gitts, Kev, Nobba

Basky, Griever Barbs

 

As we would have expected with the playing numbers and the line up above, the Dinos edged away in the 2nd quarter and extended that slightly in the 2nd half to record a six goal win but certainly not our best footy. Eaton played for keeps and in the end it was a reasonable hit out for most.

 

Best: Hoggs, Muzz, Reidy, Fanta and Macca.

 

Those not committed to the GAT on Sat 4th July, I’m pretty sure it’s mandatory, so get your $100 ticket and get along. It’s a day for the little kids (Variety Kids Charity) and something there for the big kids too.

 

A couple of notables……..

 

Mark lived up to his namesake and took one of the marks of the day in the dying minutes to finish off a solid start to his dinosaur career after pushing very hard for selection at last Thursday’s training session with knee slides etc (yes, even a fill in coach couldn’t miss the endeavour).

 

Gitts showed off his kicking efficiency, finishing with 100% after a beautiful ‘keep your feet’ display to intercept an incoming ball in the backline and deliver laces out ….dragged himself immediately to protect the stat.

 

Hally has never been afraid of a full frontal and generally nobody gets hurts but unfortunately for ‘the commissioner’ he got shown a fore arm by the on coming traffic and ended up in hospital with internal stiches. He trudged off the ground looking like he’s just had 10 vodka and red bulls as Fitzy’s after biting his lip for the first time in his life.

 

What did we learn from the game ?

 

Hutto’s newly imported girdle may not be enough to get this aging warrior back to his pack crashing best

Hoost is becoming a carnival specialist not unlike Tiger saving himself for majors

Nobba is back and will be better for the run

Gitts displayed more efficiency than an electric car.

Duffy still loves a goal

Shagga and Fanta – eventually there is always only gonna be one degree of separation from them and the full back

Marko Cahill loves a bit of old school body on body…the Dino’s Mumford.

Macca is in denial that he is a very effective half back re-bounder

Big Rick – Pearsy keen to do a kick (his) to handpass (yours) at training on Thursday

Dippa – a quiet achiever ready for any role

Muzz – not sure if he’s 50 or not these days, certainly wound the clock back on the wing

Reever – you better play him down the spine cos there’s no way he will love only one side

Mill – Milhouse bought back the biff of his Miller days and disciplined himself with some bench time

Rowey – like a cat with a scratching pole on the bench (add Juice and Reever at the same time and you’ve got more pole action than the Voodoo Lounge)

Fanta – career best

Gunja – when it’s a bad hair day for BJ, it’s a shocker with those locks so thank the lord it didn’t rain

Reidy – bends over easier than most big boys (good ground skills)

40 – Birthday keg shout out at end of game, ultimate team player.

Charlo – crystal ball says he will win us a game at half fwd, fwd pocket in the future

Deebs – great recruiting whoever mentioned the Dinos to this man

Bards – see above

 

Last home game in 3 weeks against a power house side we have never played before in home and away so make sure you are part of history and get cherry ripe.

 

#23

 

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2015 COUNTRY CARNIVAL – BUSSELTON WRAP

On a crisp Sunday morning when some folk are bundling into cars for church, we looked forward to a different religious experience. 14 Dinosaurs boarded the trusty Go West bus, 2 Dinosaurs waited by the roadside, and half a dozen men true to the tangerine made their own way to the ground with their families.

 

Team assembled:

Fwds : Kingy, Hutto (becoming a habit), Charlesy, Fish, Hoost, Muzza, Shano C

Mids/C/Wings/Ruck : Macca, Griever, Juice, Pearsy, Hainesy, Sauce, Reever

Backs: Hoggs, Fanta, Shag, Wal, Keechy, Maybes, Dools, Marko

Upper Middle Management: Craig ‘the commissioner’ Hall

 

[Apologies to anyone left out but should be a wake up call to get more ball or celebrate a little harder]

 

For those that couldn’t get there, I know you all want to know how we went so I will save you skipping to the bottom (spoiler alert)…the league expects excellence from us at festivals (debuting, hosting, playing, celebrating) and the crew of 2015 did not disappoint. With the first two games in the bag (solid 4+ goal wins) we managed to squeeze in a booze cruise in our newly acquired limo (Loosey) before taking on our old carnival nemesis, Mandurah in the last hit out. They suffered the same fait as the previous two sides to complete a clean sweep for the boys from Jurassic Park.

 

Righto, now to the details and into the night…….

 

Vic Park Pigs – Game #1

 

We had completed the usual semi convincing warm up, Muzz announced he would play in the yella for the first time (to a massive round of applause which had a hint of ‘shit, its about time’ about it and maybe a bit of ‘ok, they cant touch him but he’s unlikely to return the favour’). The dencorub was applied and then a last nervous wiz which in combo helps make up for the mediocre warm ups. Just prior to kick off we were reminded that not all the crowd was on our side as I had a bloke taunt me from the time keepers crows nest, ‘hey Keechy (read my jumper)…you’ve got a hair cut like Brett Kirk’ which given Brett’s liking for a mung bean sandwich, had me at the other end of the rev up spectrum to Dools who had spent the last minutes getting pumped up listening to System of the Down.

 

Blues skies made for a fast paced game and Wal and Juice were on from the start. Sauce was giving a contest in the middle and proved more than a handy big man addition, Pearsy was putting his bruised ribs on the line, Reever was gathering possessions across the middle and lifted his kicking efficiency to Sam Mitchell levels. Up forward, King was presenting at CHF, Hutto came charging out of the square. Meanwhile, down back Marko looked after the middle of the ground like Gina Rinehart protects a trust fund, Shags and Fanta where either intercept marking or tackling, Dools was offering a steady hand and good voice, Hoggs was his stingy self with some clever decisions when kicking out.

 

Unfortunately Charlesy did a hamstring and was sidelined for the carnival which was a shame in his debut of the club but definitely not an unheard of way to start your Masters career. If have a feeling from his energy over the course of the evening that we haven’t seen the last of him.

 

Best : Wal, Juice, Hainesy, Reever, Hoggs, Kingy

 

Waroona – Game #2

 

Do yourselves a favour and have a look at the hang that Wal took in this game (great job Shona BTW), best mark I have seen live and one of the best I have seen full stop. Another bonus of Muzz wearing the yella is that it is easy to spot him at the bottom of Wal’s stairway to heaven….Capt Muzz has been the foundation of so much of the good stuff that has gone about DDFC in the last 5 years but being used as a launching pad for your buddies has taken that selflessness to a new level. Wal’s previous attempt 20 secs earlier and then to get to this pack and launch again makes the mark even better and something that I will never forget. It might sound like the writer is setting himself up for preferential selection from the coach but Wal’s running, bounce bounce goal in this game was another for the highlight reel….enough said, the kid went off. Davros ‘the magician’ Hoost should have worn Rowey’s baggy shorts cos he was putting in an Eddie Betts impersonation with 3 classic goal sneak magors and all the back of about 2 training nights and enough aeroplane food to fill the Tardus over the last two months.

 

This was Waroona’s first year and I couldn’t help but see similarities between them and us in our first year (came to the carnival with less than 18 players with link up footy as likely as a Kevin Pears assist). Although a small ground, we found space with overlap and direction when we needed to and a continuation from the previous game in the backline meant we finished without giving up a single goal. One of their player’s (Wardy) comments after the game was, ‘you blokes are dynamite!’

 

Best : Wal, Juice, Hoost, Hainsey, Reever, Hutto

 

Mandurah Makos – Game #3

 

The smaller oval #3 for the second time was welcomed and given the way we played in the previous game on that track, we were only too happy to give it another run. Juice fired out of the middle from the whistle, Hainsey continued his run and bagged a Mako’s head for his pool room after copping a cheapy, big Marko went body on body (copping an egg on his head in the process), Kingy delighted his legion of female fans on the side lines with a couple late and Hutto clunked a couple. Dinos finished with plenty of run to wind up a good day on the track.

 

Best : Juice, Kingy, Marko, Hainsey, Wal

 

Mike Grieve got pushed into the middle of the circle and was toasted as the first Dinosaur to make it to 50 games….a beer a training this week from everyone should see him totally useless at work the next day so if we can spread it out over a few weeks, that would be great.

 

Best over the 3 games : Juice, Wal, Hainesy, Reever, Hoost (not training is the new black)

 

Big up to Wal and Hally for a fine coaching/playing/running water/coaching/magnet shuffle combination. Thanks to Davros for the bus, to Shona for taking all the picks, Soda for running a bit of water and all the families who came out to support their man.

 

At Preso’s a couple of our ex-players/super stars in Wardy (Waroona) and Oggy (Rocky Rams) got presented with their new teams best players. Maybe next year they’ll include the starts they got at Jurassic Park in their speeches (I know both of you are still on the email list and read these reports). Both are welcome to do a Trent Croad and jump ship again anytime back to the tangerine.

 

After a few beers at the footy club bar, we loaded into the bus to begin celebrating like a team that takes their own limo to a carnival. First stop was the Nard which usually greets us like a long lost brother but they must have got word that our version of John Travolta (Luke 40) was not in the Dino den because as the pic would indicate, it was as flat as a shit carters hat. We made the best of this with ice addicts and ladies of the night our pool partners but eventually settled for picking up a couple of boy band members and hot footing it to The Fire Station on Queen St. It was a few beers of crafted nectar, a chat with the beautiful people of Busso and back into the bus for the trip home.

 

Big up to Shags for driving the bus home which is not an easy gig when the wind is up and the Dino spinnaker well and truly popped.

 

We take a breath for most of June and then come home with the second half of the season and Eaton, Albany, the Ducks and Mandurah Carnival.

 

#23 over and out.

 

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Cheers  – Dinarazzi Crew