So we returned to the carnival that gave us so much in 2015….limo rides at lunch with frothies, a bag of 6 from the Minister of Transport and a Wal dangle on the same day that Nic Nat took his mark of the year in the Auskick comp. 2017 was a new year with the limo long since crashed and retired and the Minister and Wal showing off their inner Bush Tucker Man skills to their respective families deep into Bum Fcuk Idaho.
A few notables before bounced down had us up and about. Hutto has been working in Perth so good to see him back in the tangerine. Cuppy hadn’t played a game in 2017 but was teased out of hibernation along with Whitey playing his second game. The Wolf Pack was in full force ready to take on the world. Dooly and Fos had thrown the yellow jumpers away in a sign that even the elder statesmen were ready to rumble. Zac, Condo and Donk were at their first carnival and no doubt anxious about taking on the load of 3 games in one day for the first time.
Game 1: vs Eaton
With a force of 30 strong players, it was up to Maybs to manage the unmanageable and rely on a rotation policy with self disciplined swaps to get everyone an even go while still putting our best foot forward…as I said, a tall order.
The engine room got to work and thrust it forward with Guesty hitting the board with a signature crumbing left foot snap which had the crowd looking to see if it wasn’t Eddy Betts. He dragged himself which to the uneducated looked like a disciplined act but really designed to get oneself closer to an adoring fanbase on the sidelines and really soak it up. Juice, Rowey and Mill were gathering pill and Shreader was cutting up like Daniel Day Lewis playing the The Butcher but the real story was down back in Micky Hoggan. It was quiet simply the perfect game….let down only in that his trademark barrel didn’t get fired but all kicks hit targets and if he got near it he got it. Hutto took a nice grab deep but lost a point to the Russian judge for passing off to the fleet footed hipster in J. Reeves. Gunja is in career best form for the Dinos which at 52 years is quite remarkable, playing half back, wing, ruck and making Nick Riewoldt look one dimensional but I saw something that troubled me. Our man appreciate his own work a little too much in slow motion during the dying stages of this game when he hit hammer laces out on his left while on the run…the tight perm watched every rotation of that ball (with arms out to make sure the audience was along for the ride) until Hammer had put another mark on his overflowing stat sheet.
Thanks to Dooly for umpiring this game
Dinos 6 goals Eaton 1
Game 2: vs Crabs
The prelude to this game started with Kalani Heal announcing that his Dad was going to miss this game and play for Carey Park. The poor kid didn’t know where to look and put a full stop on this announcement with a, “”í don’t know what he’s doing !’’. Both Heal boys ran water for the Dinos and pretended that all was still well in the world and their man still bled tangerine. I am sure we have not heard the last of this detour of duty.
The ground we had played so well in 2015 (renamed for the day Waller Park to remember the highly illegal but revered fore mentioned mark that Wal took last carny on this ground) seemed to swallow us up in this game but all credit to the boys from Leschenault as they shut our space down and crisscrossed their way to goal with well placed leads and kicking. A nice running goal from Mill was a rare highlight with Salty more than holding his own in this game. It was obvious to see that it meant something to the Crabs to get a narrow win which is great and shows that a healthy on field rivalry we have got going.
Thanks to Maybs for umpiring this game
Dinos 2 goals Crabs 3
Game 3: vs Rockingham Rams
The Rams have one of the best jumpers in the comp with a big set of balls front and centre but just like Richmond knows only too well, it takes more than a good strip and song to get the chocies. Capt Jack did a bum cheek in the warm up which swung Kenno into the ruck in a solo role. Gunja, Hainsy and Fos had hired themselves out to the Sharks for the last game and Salty had a hot dinner date to get to so we were down to about 5 on the bench for this game. Shreader’s game lifted to another level with running patterns and surges that Gebrselassie would be happy with and 3 goals. Griever, Zac and Deebs were also very good in tight and on the run till the end as was our backline (Fanta/Potts/Hoggs) who ended up conceding 5 goals for the whole tournament which not too many other teams could boast.
Dinos 8 goals Rams 1
A big thanks to Leo ‘Fingers’ Kelly for the rub downs and words of quiet encouragement. To Maybs for running the changes and umpiring. To Dools and Whitey for umpiring. To Muzz for doing the bits and pieces required as crew were playing, outsourcing themselves, umpiring together with the admin duties on the day.
Best for the day : Mike Hoggan, Cheyne Reid, Ben (Gunja) Johnston
After dark news :
Gunja carved off a bit of his land in Dardy for the Freo Phantoms to call their tent land on Sunday night. They enjoyed some tall tales into the evening around the fire….gotta love the hospitality of country people.
Mill, Hainsy and Muzz had got a little exited at presentations and consumed a fanta too many so dropped it on me that it would be best if I left my car behind and drove their buss back to Dunzy ($2 each). After a fun night at The Pour House in Dunzy, I rode into my inlaws driveway at 3am Monday morning with legs ready for a rest.
All in all a great day in the sun and evening of fun…..big boy footy months ahead in the cold and wet so let’s try and maintain the rage until the next August carnival in Perth.
#23 over and out