THE FOUNDER'S CUP

November 21st 2015


Now established as the first trophy of the new Captain's tenure, the Founder's Cup match takes place on the Sunday following the annual dinner, and gives the Dods a chance to see if their confidence in electing him is justified. The task this year was made even more difficult by asking him to Captain an outnumbered team of 5 (including Simo) against a vastly more skilful and experienced team of 6, including a rare but welcome appearance by Ben "Pot Hunter" Creese.

However in a fast and traditionally error-strewn game the Fab Five were never behind - thanks mainly to a Man-of-the-Match performance by flying winger Mike Carter - belying his advancing years and orthopaedic enhancements to score an astonishing 7 tries - including 5 interceptions! (Eddie Jones - are you listening?). The scores were in fact level at 15 all after after 80 minutes - but three more tries for The Fab 5 (including 2 Carter interceptions) saw them comfortably home 18-15.

It was a glorious sunny morning full of everything Doddery means - arguments, off-sides, fumbles, over-ambitious passes and plenty of banter - plus the occasional sweeping end to end move that brings us back each week - a bit like the perfect drive that a crap golfer occasionally hits that makes him think "I can do this" ..... After 90 minutes the Sad Six had eventually had enough and decided to call it a day at 9.30 to avoid further humiliation. The Captain's year is under way!

To the Victor the spoils! The triumphant Fab Five!

The Sad Six - in the first ever "Loser's Selfie"!

The Losers got to take away indiviudually wrapped mementos in the form of goody bags to remind them of their standard of play. Hilly looks disgusted that his career has finally come to this... while Fridge and Ben seem to think it is an improvement...

ANNUAL DINNER AND A.G.M.

November 20th 2015


This year the annual dinner was intended to be a more refined affair, in keeping with the standards set by the outgoing captain. Accordingly there was a change of venue from the spit n' sawdust of the Anchor to the genteel surroundings of the King's Head House Hotel in Eastington. Unfortunately, as George Savage pointed out in a pithy summary of the Captain's year: "he set expectations low and comfortably delivered" - and so it proved to be.

Senior Doddering Executives dine round the Board Room table at the King's Head House

 

The evening was MCd in his own inimitable way by The President, and featured alternating left and right handed drinking every half hour, having to adopt the persona of the person on your left for all conversation, a moving speech by the outgoing Captain, a meeting of the citing committee to review the atrocious clothes-lining foul by Dave Hill on Dan Finchett the previous week (6 day ban imposed), a "no cutlery, no hands pudding boat race" (don't ask), and a free and fair election supervised by returning officer Simon Stroud of main sponsor Stroud Taxis. Mention must be made of the President's "automatic vote counting ballot box with built-in winner display" (you had to be there) - sheer genius in concept, construction and execution - an innovation that could revolutionise vote rigging counting globally. Accordingly Dick Baker took the reins and delivered a rousing but interminable speech outlining his plans for the year, wearing an appropriately styled pantomime wig.

The President with outgoing Captain Brian Channon and new Captain Dick Baker.

 

Social media was in meltdown covering the event, including new Twitter follower Chef Aldo Zilli, and mail order firm "The Toy of Sex" whose interest was piqued by the mention of a "butt plug" award to Overseas Player of the Year George Savage, unfortunately unable to attend due to Delhi Belly following his return from India. The survivors staggered home by 1 a.m. following a Spoof contest between Foz, Simo, Fridge and Mike "I've never played before" Carter - who is now declared Dods Spoof Champion for one year. It is suggested that this contest should now take place annually as part of the dinner - after the lightweights have retired. Ideas for an appropriate trophy welcome.

You may follow the evening's events as they unfolded - reported live to our global audience by Social media Manager Chris Haines (including more photos and videos) by clicking HERE

MINCHINHAMPTON OLD RUCKERS MATCH

Sunday November 8th 2015


FOR THE 'BIT O' STICK'

After a two year gap the challenge for one of Touch Rugby's iconic trophies - the Bit O' Stick - took place on a damp and soggy Stagholt, where nine Old Ruckers (including 3 Dodderer/Ruckers) squared off against 10 Dods (including one D/R ringer - Rupert). As expected with bragging rights at stake there was an encouraging amount of niggle and argument, with the Dods "House Rules" being deployed in an attempt to confuse the Ruckers. In a fast and furious contest (mainly furious at all the off-side players) the Dods gave away 4 interceptions to goal-hangers Lewis and Alex - forgetting that they do this every week at Dods.

Half time saw the Ruckers leading 6 - 3, and battle resumed after tea and coffee supplied by Catering Director Neal Utting - and oranges supplied by Captain Brian Channon - including Terry's chocolate oranges!

With President David Foster deciding to ref in an attempt to "even things up a bit" - the Dods were encouraged with his first decision - disallowing a Ruckers try .... However further defensive lapses saw the Ruckers extend their lead - and with the game in overtime Simo "allowed" Jason Richards to score in the corner... to run out winners by 9 tries to 5 (though if truth be told - this was in fact a fitting response to him being called a "cart-horse" by Simo earlier!! Touche!).

It was a very enjoyable occasion and with a trophy at stake played in a very competitive, combative spirit. We would want it no other way! The series now stands at 4 all - so game on! We look forward to the next one at Hollybush in the Spring!

More images can be seen on the Dods Flickr album at http://flic.kr/s/aHsknLQnqj

2015 ANNUAL TOURNAMENT

Sunday 25th October


The annual contest for the premier trophy in the doddering year - The Doddrin' Bowl. An innovation by the Captain saw a new selection procedure to ensure equally balanced teams - everyone was asked to admit their age and line up accordingly, and were then allocated to teams on an alternating basis. It worked - as the game saw long periods of scoreless play (although one view could be that the standard was so low that neither team could hold on to the ball long enough to string more than two passes together! Harsh ... but fair!).

The truth is out! Dodderers by age! (Martin Elliott who are you kidding?)

 

Dave Heywood turned up to watch (after a long injury lay-off) and took the photos - see link below (he also made a cameo appearance - scoring a trademark 70 yarder in the after match follow-on game!).

Simo accepts the Dribblin' spoon - and the "Joubert Jobby" award from the Captain.... (on behalf of Scots everywhere)

 

2015 Champions! Presented by Grumpy George the Enforcer ...

 

Dave's Action photos can be seen on our Flickr site - including evidence that Miles' disallowed try should have been allowed! (Both Simo and Dougal having called a 2 handed touch....TMO would have over-ruled! See photo no. 36!) Please note the Flickr site allows comments - if any of you spot anything noteworthy in any of the pics - please feel free to add a comment! To view pics click HERE

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