Wongan Hills 2017 Carnival Wrap Up

 

My my, hey hey, she’s 7am and we’re on our way!!

All aboard and Botty/Heals will be swooped up on the way (pass Heals, back up, drive forward…some stuff never gets old)….signs are good for a cracking weekend in the wheatbelt. Great to see our playing list starting to mirror older masters clubs now with three over 50s (including One Wing Wharton Water boy), 2 blokes who hadn’t played a game of AFL before and a collection of blokes ranging from boarder line flower pickers at their peak like myself to worn warriors from a bygone era.

With Wal at the wheel, we didn’t waste a drop of fuel with the Go West chariot on a collision course for the insanely yielding, record breaking wheat belt and we arrived before midday.

Sean ‘Donk’ Wilson brought along his drone to capture a few pics of our warm up so that will be interesting to see if we look any better from that angle. He will be giving it a run at training now and then so if you’ve got a bald spot, you might want to start practicing the comb over.

2 x 20 min halves each game.. 1.45pm and 4pm both on the main oval in front of huge crowds. Troy Condo, Donk and Splinter ran the guard of honour for their first games so hit the ground with a few corkies.

Game 1: Vic Park Pigs

1.45pm rolled around and we hit the ground running with a ball up extraction, link up and Gunja who floats like a butterfly and smokes like bob marley, found himself on the board early. Griever got a wake up after being assisted into the hard cricket pitch, Marko ‘Stay Lite’ Cahill showed he could play amongst the big boys and made space, marked and found his targets over and over. Wal, Reever and Heals (filthy on Coach Candy Crush that he was started in a back pocket) worked their way into the contest. Up the other end with scores level, The Pigs went back to back with their full forward going BANG BANG…Hoggs went off with a spray worthy of Matty Richardson. ‘The Hoggan straighten up’ worked with Rowdy Cahill laying a couple of his balls and all tackles and Splinter popping his goal cherry with two goal square sealers after some crafty body work.

Result – Dinos by a couple of goals

Game 2: Warnbro Swans

4.00pm arrived about the same time as 38 calf muscles started to protest….nothing prepares for the stop start nature of the game. Wal went into tackle mode with 2 classic run downs and put himself in the frame for most valuable Dino (M-VD), Reever threw down the gauntlet with a trademark willy willy or two and Fish kicked goal of the day with a ball up rove and snap that would make his favourite player, Will Hoskin Elliot sit up and take notice. Shagga obviously took offence that someone was out foul mouthing him (Hoggs) cos the kid got blue, then the umpire ordered Potty Shag to go sit with Poppy Shag on the sidelines. The high drama continued with the umpire getting nude (took his shirt off and threw it down) and suggested that the playing group might do a better job. Funnily enough this distraction stopped a 3 goal streak by Warnbro, One Wing started running water again after a half game break (to wash down the flies we were all swallowing), Mocha got busy in the middle, Maybs prowled the centre like a Balmain Tiger, Cpt Jack kept the wheels rolling to the end which was massive effort for someone who rucked unchanged, Donk and Troy got into the game and impressed more and more as the game went. Dools ran all day for us, helped out another team and umpired a game.

Result – Swans by a goal

Before the siren had finished sounding, the wheel barrows filled with ice and beers rolled onto the ground. In true Dino form, we managed to drain the barrow meant for Warnbro and then wheeled ours off to our tent….quite by accident but yet brilliant. We jumped into the bus back to the hotel, showered and walked back to the presentations.

Awards : Marko and Reever. Marko wanted everyone there to know exactly what went into making a champion so thanked his girlfriend for the smoothie she made him and encouraged everyone to ‘Stay Lite’ which for me was the speech of the night.

Awesome Club Award : Who else ??!! The Dalyellup Dinosaurs.

Hoggan thought the group owed him one so grabbed the mic and told the crowd what it was like to be a Dino, we sang the song on the stage with trophy raised high to a slightly disinterested crowd but winners are grinners and the rest get the picture as they say.

Maybs had the Dino costume on early and became a target for every bloke who didn’t have a girl to dance with which of course were quite a few. Unfortunately by the end of the night, the old Dino suit drenched in beer was misplaced and probably walking down the main street of Wongan right now. Not a total tragedy as it’s time for an upgrade as the Boomers Kangaroo made ours look pretty ordinary. Speaking of ordinary, Troy Condo was far from it and celebrated like a rock star.

Big up to Haousty for the Go West bus and Wal for keeping us moving up and back.

Keeech Out

#23

Dinosaurs 2017 Preseason kicks off this Thurs (9-2-17) at 6pm at Hungry Hollow Car Park

Fellas,

The footy drought is over !!!

We’ll be playing, tipping, fantasy footy selecting and having a frothy at the pav before we know it but first things first. Time to get a few kms in the legs so we can get around enough to grab our fair share of pig skin come game time.

If you have some recruits in mind, get them down early or if they are waiting for the footies (as a few of mine are), let them know that we will be a Jurassic Park in week 3.

Coach Mayberry has called it…….

Date: Thurs 9-2-17

Time: 6pm

Location: The Hollow car park

Program: Light beach run and swim with some cool down stuff

Afters: Beers at The Hollow with light snacks provided

 

2016 Mandurah Carnival Wrap

Hi All,

 

Click here 🙂 for Photos

Carnival # 6 – Mandurah 27-8-16

Pickup was at 8am at the Pav under grey skies. The count was 20 players with a few pick ups on the way and a couple of boys already in Perth so about half a doz on the bench and a good mix of plenty of game time in the tangerine but not too much to affect a signature moves on the dance floor later on.

Paul (PB) the bus driver had been hand picked by the Minister of Transport/paid player/carnival specialist, Dangerous David Haoust and he didn’t disappoint. We arrived at the ground ahead of time and filled with tales like John Todd beating up Ron Boucher during his half time address at Swan Districts so trotted off the bus spoiling to chase the bag of wind around a wet and windy Rushton Park.

Murray ‘the man of steel’ Wharton’s influence in the Masters league is considerable and as such, our change rooms were at the main oval with carpet on the floor and warm water in the pipes. We suited up and made our way to our ovals. All three games were to be played on the small (Jurassic Park dimensions) ovals which again were a sign that the league had Murray’s back and he had ours with short, sharp running patterns assured.

Game 1 : We kicked off in game one against a strong Geraldton Mighty Blues outfit with Rowey, Gunja and Kingy leading the way in slippery conditions. The Blue boys hadn’t seen rain for many months and relished the opportunity to wash the red dust off and managed to scape home by a couple of kicks. Unfortunately for them, they had jumped onto the wrong Geraldton oval and the league had no choice but to award the game points to Barberry’s boys and keep their unbeaten record above the 34th parallel (Albany pub to oval experiment excluded) in tact for the year. $2 for Kev for preferring the other teams water boy to me…was it my suit or did ‘he’ have something in the bottle that I didn’t ?

Waroona were short so Maybs, Grieiver, Dools, Heals, Fanta and Cuppy slapped on the Demons/Bombers jumpers and brought many of their guys into the game. The Demons were wrapped with the support they get from us at every opportunity and stumped up $100 for our after dark activities. Well done boys and as you ice those mercenary bumps and bruises, be consoled that your $100 was put to great use for its intended purpose.

Game 2 : After some fancy scheduling footwork we were put up against the Northampton boys which had old 8 Ball King licking his lips with thoughts of last year and off a strong game one. Juice and Rowey put in another strong performance with WD40 bringing sexy back and helping get us across the line and the tangerine machine was starting to roll.

Game 3 : Final game vs Kalgoorlie. If Danni had been at the ground, Rowey would probably have been in a lot of trouble by now (‘You’re a hog Michael’ surely ringing in his ears after game 1 and 2) but she wasn’t so the wolf pack member continued his merry dance and racked em up in the final game. Pothole was a wall at full back, making spot on decisions when a false move would have provided Kal with a goal. A special mention to Stevey ‘Rowdy’ Cahill who found his opposition’s body on a number of occasions to clear a path down the wing and gather a few important possessions himself. A good win and finish to the carnival which built on the momentum of the previous games.

We were done and dusted early so a quick shower and a couple of beers watching the other games on the small ovals, chats with the other players who had finished and a bit of AFL on the TV. The conditions were so bad that the presentations where cancelled and we pulled stumps and headed for the Ravenswood Hotel. Pothole, Barbs, Hammer and 40 showed a misspent youth with some talent on the pool table and a number of the WAGs joined us for a couple of refreshers before adjourning to the restaurant. With 40+ meals to sort out, the Ravi did an excellent job and as the medals where handed out by team Barberry to King, Heal, Kelly and Rowe the table got rowdier and rowdier. Pothole provided a highlight for me with an elderly lady quietly objecting to the levels of noise coming from our table with a ‘tut tut’ look in our direction….Pot calmly leaned over towards her and suggested, ‘stay off the mushroom sauce’.

The band was warming up, Forti had long since ripped his checked sleeves off in an ‘in your face move to Kingy’ and although Hammer was still telling us all it was about time he got a medal, we moved into the main bar and enjoyed a bit of ACDC done dirt cheap. In a dark room with black dominating, we lit the place up with tangerine safari suits, dance offs that had the bouncers taking notice and Pot proving #1 groupie with horns up at the front of the mosh pit.

After a long and winding bus trip of drop offs and emergency stops, we limped into Jurassic Park in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Thanks to Haousty for the bus and carnival specialist bus driver Paul. Big up to Muzz and Fanta for the promotion and organisation of the night and Barberry for their work in getting guys game time in positions they wanted and still keeping us more than competitive. Well done to those boys that helped out Waroona and good on the girls who came along and made it a night remember…most of it anyway.

#23

Keeeech

 

Round 5 2016 Dinos Vs Hawks

PHOTOS ARE HERE

The Hawks rolled into Dino town with 18 players so Cuppy, Mill and Reever decided to play away from home and slap on the green. After a much appreciated guard of dishonour for my 50th game which consisted of a few cheap shots, shin kicks and a squirrel grip (as Hally wasn’t there, I have no idea who that was).

The game was a wet affair and Murray gave the opposition the chance to kick with the breeze. They put the foot down and by half time we were a couple of goals down with all our boys playing well for them in a distinct lack of respect for the milestone man. We were in the same place we had been in the game before against the Boomers and it was about to get worse. The 3rd quarter kicked off and the Hawk feasted on a Dinosaur wishing the ice age would come quickly. The whistle blew to signal the end of the 3rd and we were 6 goals adrift and headed for our biggest loss since records have been kept at Jurassic. The coaching team of Barbs/Maybery or ‘Barberry’ as it is affectionately called was having none of the defeatist talk and demanded we lift. King dog went to work in the middle and Rowe/Juice/Barbs went nuts, ably assisted by the ever green 50+’er Gunja who provided the link into the forward line with Salty snapping a goal on the siren to get us home by a few points.

Best: Basky, Shagga, Marko. Well done to JR (probably their best player for the day) and the hard hit, gang tackled Mill/Cuppy for helping make it a cliff hanger.

The night was a great family evening of playing kids, casseroles, raging fires and talking spank.

Well done to all and see you up at Mandurah for the final outing.

Meanwhile….Here’s Bill

The Medallist

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 !!!

 

#23

 

Pics are here

Fanta #2

Round 4 2016 Dinos Vs Boomers

Hey All,

The next game for 2016 is against Eaton Boomers at Pratt Road Oval – Saturday 23rd July

3:30Pm Bouncedown with some light snacks provided at the Australind Tavern (Formerly known as the Collie Bridge Tavern)

Catch up at Training for finer details and check in with Muzz to register your interest in a bus.

 

Cheers

Fanta #2

Round 3 2016 Dinos Vs Fossils

Hey Dinos,

Apologies for the late wrap, its been hectic here in Dino land.

And thanks for the fines to remind me that you do all in fact look forward to the media wrap each post game, was beginning to think Keechys words of wisdom were only for my amusement.

Here goes – Round 3 2016 Dinos Vs Fossils

Wayne Carey bangs on about June-July being big boy months due to the weather, well maybe he just lives on the wrong side of this big brown land cos a beautiful sunny June afternoon under a big blue West Aussie sky greeted us for our first home game of the year.

With the hint of casserole in the air and a familiar Warrick Welded plume of smoke drifting heavenly, the universally respected Fossils rolled into town hardened on dredging, dewatering and devouring marron the size of Ford Lasers.

Dino’s lost the toss and kicked into a strong breeze. Muzz injected himself into the centre and decided that not using the wind would be a crime so launched towards his own goals. Fortunately this was a rare forward thrust for the Fossils and the ball was locked in our forward 50 for most of the quarter. We were a little wasteful in front of goals but with a strong midfield and running wings, the signs were there that after 5 years of looking for a 4 quarter game on Jurassic Park, this was gonna be tangerine time.

The Fossils lost 2 players during the 2nd term to a Juice Liverpool Kiss and a Waller tackle which was straight out of Jack Ziebell’s hand book. 40 is an old Collie kid and many of the Fossils his old school mates so he pulled a packet of winny reds and a stick mag out of his footy bag and renewed old times with the light footed Kain Cuppy Quarrill rolled into the deal which will surely be remembered as one of the trades of 2016.

The second half saw the mids continue and the forwards get amongst the goals with Reidy and Kingy in particular powering to the line. For good measure, the ever alert Shredder fed coach Maybs a couple of assists late to ensure he’ll line up in his favoured position next game.

Big up to Muzz for the fires, pressure cleaning the pav and generally firing everyone up to make the day/night what it was. The ladies n Kev in the kitchen and all the families who put together a dish or even just came along and tucked into the wine, Hammer’s little heroes running water never left a man hanging for a sip, the crew setting up and cleaning up the oval and Pav the next day. Thanks to 40 and Cuppy who got fossilised at half time to help out the boys from Collie without doing a Hall and completely jumping the fence. Well bloody done to Fanta for donning the fluoro for the first time and orchestrating a bruise free brand of footy. Congratulations also to Barberry (Barbs/Mayberry) on their coaching debut on the tricky dimensions of the Jurassic Park track… 1 from 1. Nice work also from Haousty for channelling his carnival folk genes and running the novelty games….everyone’s a winner !!

Best: Dools, Salty, Reidy, Kingy, Rowey, Juice, Macca, Wal, Barbs, Shano ‘the barbarian’ C.

Congratulations to Dools and Mill on 50 games of Dino footy and in Dool’s case, probably another 20 played for other teams at carnivals.

Pics will be posted once Mrs Fantarazzi approves the final cut.

Pictures are here

ROUND 2 2016 vs Albany Vikings

Dalyellup Dinosaurs est. 2010.

First trip to Albany 2016 – This trip was 6 years in the making, the stars aligned, the players and playing committee worked together tirelessly to put the trip together and the final brief before the trip can be seen below and pictures here

Hello All Dino’s.

 The 2016 season is officially off and running with 3 good wins on the board already and rumor circulating the Masters Football league that the Dino’s come to play! So be prepared…

 In just over two weeks, we will step into new territory:

  1. For the first time we will be travelling to Albany
  2. For the first time we are officially inviting partners to an away game!

 Yes, that’s right, you did read correctly.

 The club wants to be more inclusive of our families, and as such, we would like to invite wives, partners, girlfriends and boyfriends along for the trip. (No kids)

This will be a great opportunity for some wives to enjoy the social aspect of the club.

 Can you please talk to your better halves and give me an indication at training or reply as to whether or not they would like to come. The details you can discuss that will be confirmed in due course:

  • The Bus will leave on the morning of Saturday the 21st May around 7:30am
  • There will be a short rest stop in Manjimup for a stretch and bite to eat
  • We will arrive into Albany just after lunch and check into a quality hotel (Dog Rock Hotel or Ibis)
  • The Ladies then have a choice, watch us lads play football or I have a bus driver available in Albany to take them on a bit of a sightseeing tour.
  • After the game we will all enjoy the hospitality of the Albany Football Club before carrying on the good times and checking out the Albany nightlife.
  • Romantic couples at this point can slip off back to their rooms.
  • Sunday morning we have a reservation for our group at the ANZAC Memorial. Definitely not to be missed.
  • We will then journey back to Bunbury hoping to arrive around 14:00 Sunday

What’s all this cost I hear you say.

Well, we estimate that the players will be up for about $110.00 to $130.00 including Bus, accommodation and access to the ANZAC Memorial.

All ladies are paid for by the club and can come along for free.

 We do realize that for some families it may be hard to have both parents away, but we do really want to encourage as many partners as possible to join in. If we don’t have enough interest it will be hard to see this being a success and enjoyable for a small number of ladies that want to join in.

Again, talk to your ladies and either reply or see me or Muzz at training to confirm. 

Thanks Dino’s

 Kind Regards,

 Justin Miller

State Operations Manager

 

Well with that said we had 6 Ladies join us on the bus and 2 more meet us in Albany, for a fantastic trip south, one we will all have fond memories of for years to come.

Not only did the stars align, the Heavens opened up!! The 33 Seater Go West Higer with Fanta at the helm braved 125 KM/H winds and driving rain at times sideways down the highway to Viking Land.

All went according to plan, well almost.

A small stop at the Black Cockatoo Cafe in Kojonup for $8 Lamb and Rosemary Pies and double espressos for the driver we battled on, arriving at the Dog Rock with just over an hour to settle in and acclimatize to the 7 Degree temperatures and make our way down to the Railways Footy Club for the impending battle.

Hail on the horizon we arrived at the ground with a playing group of 21 – 3 more than the home side and hit the change-rooms for a quick nip of ginger wine and barrels of tiger balm and dencorub. A few inspired words from the coach and it was on….

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