Perth Carnival 2017 – Des Penmann Reserve, Nollamara

At last, the day had rolled though and it was time to party and like the Vengaboys, We like to party, we like to party…and have some fun. The bus list had been a moving target all week so after a few phone calls to work out who we might be leaving behind, we were off to Perth and a date with destiny.

We were appropriately excited to get to Perth so thundered past Treendale and had to put the skids on and double back to get Wal and Gunja. Unfortunately the extreme diversion had some impact on the chariot and we were blowing more steam than Kevin Rudd on election day. She’s safety first at Go West, so it was back to HQ where Stanley Victor himself was waiting to make sure we got back on the road as soon as possible. With the brakes released, we were back on the road and doing some rejigging of the social activities for the night as we would now miss the Gloucester Park races but if we are nothing, we know how to suck the marrow so don’t call the fun police just yet.

Big Chris had navigated the traffic and got us to The Kings Park Motel with it’s neon sign buzzing in the evening light. Kev had made friends with the staff and gathered all the keys so she was a quick in and out. Subiaco proved to be set up for retirees only as it was hard to get dinner being passed 9pm so in a desperate move, we headed to the casino for a good steak and with Maybs ordering drinks, it was top shelf whiskey n espresso martinis. The sports bar’s big screens caught our attention, then onto The Groove Bar which for those familiar with them at Crown casinos, rarely disappoint. So now she’s 2am and 40, Capt Jack, Deebs and Splinter having danced the night away and with a game that morning, it was time for most of us to call it to avoid giving the ambos something to do later that day. Shagga’s 4am videos were something to have your cornies with and surprisingly we all made it home to base, albeit being guilty of having Chumbawamba’s ‘pissing the night away’ as our sound track.

The Des Penmann Res in Nollamara greeted us with sunshine and a stiff breeze so we were hopeful that the swimming goggles might get put away. The league did a quick explanation of the day and a few boys (Zac, Fants, Reever etc) headed over to help the Fossils with a few fill ins. 11 o’clock ticked around and we were set to go with fire in our bellies and heads full of hope.

Game 1 – v Albany

The Vikings kicked into a strong wind and with retribution on our minds from being taken apart by a Craig Hall lead outfit last year, we went BANG x 6 to nothing and out to a lead that we hoped would be enough when the hangovers kicked in during the second half. Splinter and Shane Coenen were lively and banked a couple each. King Dog chipped in for a nice running goal and when Rowey snapped a beauty (followed by double strongman celebration which he just wasn’t quick enough to put down before Pearsy let him know exactly what he had just seen). Deebs bumped an Albany fellow over who hadn’t had a kick for a long time and the ambulance was called and his day was over. The second half was all Vikings as they plundered with the wind until Zac was able to mark on the line and goal. Dino’s by a couple of kicks.

Thanks to Zac and Maybs for umpiring this game.

The Busso boys were a little short so Reever and Shags gave them a hand just prior to the lunch break.

The lunchtime break brought back an old tradition of the sprint (Miller won one of these in the early days) and long kicking which was welcomed by all. Rolly represented the Dinos and ran a respectable 3rd place, good work Rolly. Splinter and Kingy represented the Dinos in the longest kick category. With bases loaded and two down, Splinter launched into a drop punt that sailed 65m with a helpful breeze but still….it was a mighty roost from Adam ‘Cannon’ Matthews.

After lunch we had a game gap so about half a doz of the boys went across and helped out the Waroona Demons. Well done fellas, great look for the club being able to do this.

Game 2 – v Carey Parkers

On the big field this game lived up to its billing and was my personal pick for quality on the day. The Pastimers had a few SW stars of the naughties on their roster so it was going to take a big effort across the team to get over them but we were on a large ground which usually meant game over for anyone keen to share the field with the boys from Jurassic Park. The game was an arm wrestle for both halves with Barbs, Rowey and Juice all doing their part to get the ball moving in our direction. Two ex-Dinos in Narks (he locked down on a north Korean despot) and Jonah were amongst their best and with trade negotiations between parties yet to be finalised, they did their new club no favours by turning it on. Barbs took a few hits to the head which would develop into a nice black eye by morning and in the end it was Past Times by a kick or two in a high quality game.

Game 3 – v Northampton Rams

This game was played on Tooth Pick Park so a complete contrast to the surface we just played on. Timbo Sparrow got to every ball up which was a great effort and in a nice change #23 got on the board in 2017 to avoid a goalless season but probably not escaping a review by the coaching panel. Northampton got their groove on and we were down by a couple of sausage rolls come half time but with the wind, we were confident we could as Sandy Roberts say, ‘set sail for home’. We gradually got there with a few singles but enough majors to get us home by half a dozen points.

So at this stage a more than solid evening and a 2 from 3 result on the field with an honorable loss…..we were on a roll and headed into the main event – Satdee night. Presentations went well with Splinter and Barbs picking up medals, Splinter grabbed his longest kick award and in a win for one of the good guys, Nobba picked up the raffle for a Gary Ablett signed Cats jumper.

We piled onto the bus and headed back to our 2 star palace for a couple of coldies, next stop was The Village Bar for dinner. It was then that Zac got the call we all dread at this point….’the baby sitter has fallen through, you’ll have to come home’. So as we steadied ourselves for the night ahead, the AK Homes utility pulled out of the car park for the lonely dash back south. A tricky line here, an obvious $2 but who will have the low hanging fruit to take on next year’s Fines Master ?

The function room looked the goods and as we dined on crab, chicken or ribs (or in Big Chris’s case, all three) and the martinis flowed like…..well, like martinis if your name is Steve “Chuck Norris” Mayberry cos he didn’t touch anything from a tap all weekend. Maybs, Barbs, Muzz, Wal and Kev all spoke very well and the group headed onto the casino for another night of revelry.

The Groove Bar got another visit with a surprise addition being Splinter’s lovely wife Bec finding her way into the cut and thrust of celebrations which is a first in Dinosaur history. Her effort to disguise herself as Esme Watson of A Country Practice just to get by her boys side without detection on a boys trip was commendable but ultimately failed when Splinter needed to explain by he was allowing a pensioner to feel him up.

As the sun rose the next morning, we could hear 40 singing the Gero boy’s preso song……

Here’s to Shagga, he’s alright HE’LL DRINK PISS ALL NIGHT ! (and he probably did which was a fair effort given it was the last night in a trilogy from Thurs training for our larrikin bush ranger + 5 games thru the day just quietly)

Great trip in 2017 and see you at training if anyone can move again by then…..think ya can go a bit easy on the cartons Hoggs.

Next stop is Wharton World at The Hall of Fame where Murray becomes one of the immortals of masters footy.


Round 6, July 1ST 2017 – Dinos v Busso Maggies at Jurassic Park



Kim Jong may have been priming his first intercontinental ballistic missile over the weekend in Nth Korea but our own explosive little package Kev Jong Pears was getting set to roll out his cannons in his big mile stone ‘50 games’ game. This package of goal kicking fury inspired a few words on his work at Jurassic Park over the past 7 years.

Our mate, Kev Jong

A frustrated goal sneak when at Kelly Park

Released forward in Masters, kicks like a dart

When I say dart, I mean just that

Never over 25m and rarely hit flat

In 2015 he stepped up as our Prez

Ruled with an iron fist, we did what he says !

Spreadsheets were flying, this man was on song

Such a stranglehold on power, we now call him Kev Jong

His Doggies are up and just knocked over my roos

If we picked our team on humility, he’d be playing the 2s

Although not the dimensions of a modern AFL player

As a clubman and pisshead, he’s a legendary stayer.

The excitement was too much for many crew close to Kev Jong with Mocha and Coach Candy Crush retreating to Coral Bay and Muzz, Mill and Hoost escaping the cold Pavilion for the warmth of Melbourne.

Under grey North Korean like skies, Busselton had come a bit light (18 players) and we had 20 so young Ads Grieve donned the black and white and prepared to take on his tangerine mentors. Barbs took the reins for the day and swung a surprise move with Juice playing off the half back which he quickly turned into a goal kicking position much to his fellow backmens’ surprise (well, ok maybe not). The moves didn’t stop there with Botty placed in the defensive goal square and Pearsy in the middle. At the end of the first stanza, we were slightly in front but given we had use of the breeze, it didn’t appear we were going to have it all our own way (especially if Wal continued enjoying stinging his old mate Donk with incorrect disposal…hot or what umpy ?!!) . Kingy was up to his old tricks again and had extended his run of singles to 9 before a mark of the day, back with the flight catch sparked a golden streak of 3 majors to complete a solid day. The back men were making it hard for the opposition with Botty putting on a kicking clinic, Pots and Fanta reading the play as they do and Condo enjoying a tackle or three. The instructions from one of our generals (Hoggs) to another down back was to keep the bark up and Pothole came to the party in spades. He was heard shouting after another Dinosaur goal,  ‘Have ya got a heart beat Dinos ?’ and has probably given the first Dino spray for not celebrating hard enough.

Meanwhile up the other end, the forwards in Shredder, Kingy, Anzac, Kevy Jong and crew were enjoying the silver service being offered by a band of operators in the middle. Splinter, Mang/Capt Jack, Griever, Macca, Barbs and Fish provided an engine room that meant the Maggies where always chasing tail. The combination of all 3 lines playing their part for 4 quarters saw most of us get a few kicks and enjoy the day.

We sang the song with Kev in the middle and celebrated an 8 goal victory which was our first ever run away win against the competitive Busso boys. It was a 9/10 performance and probably best summed up by Brook Kelly (Leo’s son) – ‘’Well played boys, today we got Dino – Tuned’

Bottles of wine : Kev and Wal

Special mention – Juice, Pothole, Greiver, Shredder, Botty, Splinter, Kingy (3 goals)

Big up to Wal for umpiring and Mike ‘Dr No’ Grieve for kicking the line marking machine into gear prior to the game. The burgers and chips went down beautifully and Rebecca Matthews worked through the night of a range of soups while her husband was celebrating the end of the financial year with his fellow spreadsheet warriors out on the town. Well done Gunja for jumping off early and sorting the admin before the presentations and for bringing down the wood for the fire. Unfortunately for those that love smoke in their eyes, it was non carbon emitting Darlik taking the points as the numbers huddled around each showed on the night.


Next game in Collie so keep ya leg warmers on boys !!!


Game 5 – Dinos v Sharks at Hands

June 17th  2017

As the Swans rolled over the Tigers so too are the days of our lives….or Kingy’s life in the yella and black. Would Dawg be able to focus in his milestone game with this distraction hanging in the air ? The next 90 mins would tell the story and so into the fray we went against the old foe, the Collingwood of Masters SW on a newly surfaced Hands Oval.

The temperature hit 18 degrees as we gathered for the toss. The Sharkies are a proud bunch and although had 8 fewer troops at bounce down, were not to be taken lightly as we were to find out with the first quarter finishing with things tied up.

Griever and Zac had gone across to even things up and provided some late quarter run for the old enemy which proved to be critical in holding back the tangerine wave. The second quarter started with the Dino’s getting some run out of the middle and working it forward to the combo of dangerous talls in Kingy, Shredder, Splinter, Botty, Gunga and dynamic smalls in Duffy, Guesty, and Fanta.

Out of nowhere, disaster strikes…..1000s of kms away Micky Barlow was sucking on his green dummy for his busted ankle, then stretchered off the ground and ambo’d off to hospital while our barman Micky Hoggan suffers the same injury backing back into oncoming traffic and walks off the ground and drives himself to emergency. Coming off best at the Busso carnival, an irreplaceable loss both on and off the ground.

A big up to Shagga and Timbo Sparrow for helping out the Sharkies for the second term and beyond. The second half continued the Dino dominance through the middle with Macca and Gunja rolling particularly well right to the final siren and deservedly took the best on ground awards. Special mention to Kingy who was lively kicking 7 points (1.1 he recons) and having a hand in many other shots which thankfully went through.

Dinos by 8 goals

A beer with the Sharks boys (big up to Ross Piggot who kicked a couple and Vossy who are both an inspiration in just getting out there let alone gather good pill) and we hit the showers and a few beers at the well appointed home of footy in the Southwest. We celebrated Kingy’s 50TH and enjoyed the Shark’s hospitality with our families and a few boy headed onto the Highway Hotel to see an ACDC tribute band…..horns up.

Thanks to Barbs, Salty, Dan and Reever for helping with the umpiring.

Congratulations on Mill’s coaching for the first time….with that many players, you see the board and not much else. And a fantastic first game for Rolly the South African import who has slotted into the Dino outfit quite nicely.

Well done to King Dawg on 50 eventful games….

An ode to the Dawg:

He’ll play 100 before he’s 40

We started him early, it was a little naughty

But who could deny our push up king

Awesome grab and he kicks em from a wing

Arms like tree trunks and a shaven head

A ripping team man, he helped build our shed

And as the sun sets and its time to get loose

Again this boy gives it and almighty roost

Well done Dawg on 50 you just have to rate

Dusty as a Kanga, I just can’t wait !


Next game at home to the Busso Magpies on Sat 1st July…..let’s show em how we casserole !!!


Keech #23

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.


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.


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 !

Round 4 2016 Dinos Vs Boomers

Game 4 – Eaton Boomers at Pratt Rd Eaton on July 23rd 2016

A westerly breeze blew across the Pratt Rd oval in Eaton to greet our 28 strong playing group. A great turn out to go with the 33 at Crab-land and 22 who ventured to the arctic fiords of Albany. These numbers put our away average for the year at 27 which could be a league record but certainly our highest away numbers which is a pretty good indication of a lot going right at Jurassic Park in 2016.

Well done to the boys who came along and helped out. 40 running water, Kev Jong running the magnets, Barbs and Maybs doing the umpiring/coaching duties, Hally, Mill, Greeny and Anzac’s special comments from the boundary, even a long lost Dino in Foggs was in the crowd so there would have been 40 odd Dinos around/on the ground.

The Eaton boys were dominant in all their games at the recent country carnival so we knew we were not in for a Tangerine Festival and that is exactly how it played out with Eaton slipping away to a 2 goal lead at quarter time into a stiff wind. Thank goodness Muzza had played it smart as the visiting captain and chose to kick with the breeze or the damage could have be fatal. Shredder and Griever were working hard but we needed to lift across the board.

Into the breeze in the second it was better and we held on, to go to the long break 3 goals down. Awesome effort from the Boomers at this stage with a hard working midfield and well structured forward line proving a challenge for the Jurassic juggernaut.

Barbs pulled out the strap AND the wooden spoon and gave us all a good old fashion thrashing…full of ‘it doesn’t matter how many on the bench if ya not gonna get the footy’, ‘this is not our style’ and challenged the team to ‘kick 9 for the quarter and get this game back to where it should be’.

The critical third quarter went as outlined by the coaching panel with Kingy/Capt Jack, Juice, Rowey, Macca and Griever dominating the clearances and the forwards firing for 8 unanswered goals. Well done to Fos for hitting score board with a nice 25m set shot (hey hey hey, did ya see that did ya ?, hey, hey, heys into the night).

In the final quarter they had the breeze and were determined to drop it into their forward line quickly and directly. One small problem with at was that although the Eagles have a Governator, we had 3 with The Barbarian, Gunja and Hoggs taking the Boomers long bombs and driving the pig skin back through the midfield where Barbs (who had had enough of being over ruled by his 14 year old umpiring partner) was rolling his playing sleeves up and looked as keen as Hally waiting for the ferry to Rottnest. In the end the Dinos finished with a 6+ goal margin and headed to esky for a well earned frosty.

Injuries: Duff hamstring (season), Reid ankle (season), Wharton bruised hip and shoulder (HE’s just fine)

Best : William Barclay Keech III, Capt Jack Sparrow, Griever, Kel, Kingy, The Barbarian, Fanta.

Thanks to all the support staff and Haousty for the Go West chariot.

Next game is at home to the Margs boys on Sat August 6th so lets continue the great numbers at game day and training and finish the year off with a BANG !!!




Pics are here

Fanta #2

ROUND 1 2016 vs Crabs/Sharks/Demons

33 players rolled into Crab Land in a world record turn up by a home team let lone an away side…15 on the bench gave us an opportunity to get creative with playing players in unfamiliar positions.


Lady Raptor award goes to Mandy Dippa who came on the bus with dino-mites but left her T-Rex sleeping at home.


Nobba – kicking first goal of carnival and testing his road runner skills as a centre man was an out and out success.


Shredder bringing it home with 3 last half goals vs Sharks was a game changer


Juice let the competition know that he was still the Masters Beast with a complete wire to wire performance to take an early lead in the T-Rex award.


First gamers – Guesty, Salty, Stevie Wharton, Botty, Horse


Prize winners : Juice, Kingy (dominant work in the ruck in the last game memorable)


Big up to Rowey for putting on a few beers, BBQ and a bon fire which allowed the required debrief to take place into the wee hours.


Big up to Haousty for providing the bus but unfortunately this player payments will be withheld under section 430. The paid player union has been contacted and we have been assured that punching your time sheet at the ground and calling a taxi before a ball has been bounced no longer constitutes an acceptable output. $2


Game 1 v Waroona

Best – Juice, Mill

Game 2 v Crabs

Best – Juice, Rowey, Mill

Game 3 v Sharks

Best – Juice, Shredder, Kingy, Nobba, Gunga,



AFL 9s 2015 @ Domain Stadium : 10-10-15

She was a warm day at Subi, the player roster was thin but just like a sailor has a girl in every port, a Dino has an ex-player mate itching to don the tangerine.


The unfamiliar faces in the photo are: Anthony Hewett, Nathan Smith and Chris ‘Floral Feet’ Melton. We had a sub at the start of the day but half way through the first half of the first game he did a rib or two and from that point it was all hands on deck for each game. Hewey, Nath and Chris all played a big part in our semi-competitive offering and don’t be surprised if you see them pop up for another game or even one of our fact finding trips (end of season, Adventure World, Carey Lunch, Variety shows, …..).


The format this year was an improvement on last year with the 4 games done and dusted over 3 hours….12pm start and 3pm finish made for a relaxed start and early celebrations.


Game one got off to a shaky start with Northern Warriors kicking the first 4 goals but from that point we were better to even and went down by a few goals. The next was against a team I don’t think we have played before in Carine but having grown up in Karrinyup, I was aware of the Carine Cats (street gang) back in the day so expected a solid hit out and that’s what we got. The 3rd game saw a gentle breeze blow over the ground but there was no respite for the Dinos who at this stage were hanging on and looking to get to the bell but the Wembley boys were too well organised and took advantage of some questionable umpiring which had Reever in a hairy lather. Our last game against Rossmoyne was a scrappy affair and by the end we were well and truly looking for a beer. The forward, mid and backs roles where shared around between the 9 representing and everyone got a shot at goal, intercept mark or centre extraction.


Before we knew it, Hewey appeared with a tray of frothies which had the transport minister chortling, ‘like this #@#!!# already!’ A few trays later and we were all feeling like the day was worth the journey, Kenners had racked up 8km on his fit bit and was probably back even on the calorie count by the time the mini session had finished. We said our goodbyes and Dave, Nath (Dave’s brother from another mother) and I headed for a Northbridge Tequila bar and then onto the Bull and Barrel Show in Dardanup which made for a variety filled and fun packed day.


Thanks to Duffy, Kenners, Hutto, Reever and Haousty for making the journey and after 8 games over two years and only a solitary win…..we may need to get the bus rolling down the highway full of Dinos and narrow the eyes in 2016.


Note: I collected $50 from Reever and Haousty on the day so if Duffy/Kenners/Hutto can sort Juice out with the entry fee, that would be great.


#23AFL 9s 2015

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.




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