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.

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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.

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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 !