535).Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:33 PM -
Wazza - MUDLARK MOMENTUM pt 1: - it’s almost a year since I first pulled on the mudlark jumper in round 2 2011 on a glorious sunny day at Gillon Oval and played my first game of footy since I was 11. One of the great things about my time at the Mudlarks is the way new players are welcomed into the fold.
Whilst I am still new to the club and clearly still have lots to learn about playing the game I am excited by our prospects in 2012 based on the great guys already at the club and the new faces added in the offseason.
I’ve probably been to 6-8 sessions, a mixture of 9s and training and I thought I’d add a few observations on the form line on some of the new faces who are keen to pull on the boots in 2012. Apologies to those who miss out, there’s still plenty of love for you.
The early nomination for recruit of the year, FODGEY, has been worth every free latte Chook has had to dish out as the signing bonus. I haven’t played on Fodgeys team in the 9s but he is an absolute general initiating the switches, and giving instructions to all on the ground about where the footy should go next. Whatever team Fodgey is on move the ball better than the opposition. Late in the games he switches onto the ball and just continues setting the game up. Not only does the backline general come complete with Brother Fodgey who knows how to take a catch, but his son Rhys is the most promising development mudlark in 21 years time.
JIMMY – perhaps another part of the genius behind getting the Fodgeys has been the former essendon excitement machine - is super quick, loves to run, and always does, loves to sell the dummy, and frequently does. Is certain to add bite and can play anywhere.
GEORGE and MARWON – the brothers from different mothers have been super. Both like it up forward, both know where the goals are. George is the kind of forward that straightens up a side, leads at the ball, good hands, nice kick, good around the ground also. Whilst Marwon is a crafty small forward with a few tricks, who always reminds teammates in an amazingly positive way when they have ignored the first option to take a stupid shot at goal. Both look likely to be superb additions to the side.
PAYTS – aka ANTHONY? Medium utility who in first week of 9’s started ruck before switching back. This week he went forward and kicked a bag, and could have almost doubled it had he remembered his contact lenses. Last played in 1993, incredibly desperate for a guy who hasn’t played in so long, hurled his body around and on the deck like Benny P in full flight. Honestly he had more 1%ers in two weeks of 9s than I think I had in 5 games last year.
ZAC – a big unit, actually I am not really sure how tall he is, could be a forward/ruck option, seems to have good hands, is a good kick and covers the ground well. Big, strong and committed. Probably wont attempt to decapitate an opponent a la spiritual leader Johnny Thirss at Greensborough last year, but it wouldn’t surprise. Adam gave him a spray last week but the big fella shapes as an important part of the mudlarks spine.
KIWI ROB – rangy, athletic tall type new to the game has impressed all with his desire to learn the game, his fitness, and progress. Forward/Ruck/CHB – up to coach Wilba – could be the ruck replacement for Wil should he ever hang up the boots.
Whilst he isn’t a newby after joining us midseason LIV is just the classic thinking mans footballer, he does almost everything well, and rarely wastes the ball. I feel I become a smarter player just being in his presence.

ADAM:- Good stuff. Looking forward to part two.
I'll clarify that part about the spray for the big Zac. I am firmly in the pro Zac camp. He adds a dimension of fear we haven't had in my time. I wasn't that annoyed about the hit, it was more frustration that for a few moments it felt like I';d done the back again. This time the Mudlark gods granted me a reprieve.
Thursday, 29 March 2012 12:50 PM - Host: 114-198-114-173.dyn.iinet.net.au

Ed Itor:- There was a part 2 and I tidied it up into one, forgot to remove the pt1
Thursday, 29 March 2012 04:10 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox3.its.rmit.edu.au

Bobby Fodge:- Wazza you are an absolute legend! Thanks for the kind words, the momentums were a great read and Rhys was really wrapped he got a mention too.
Re: The Mudlarks... I agree, those Brunswick boys know how to make a bloke feel welcome, thanks fellas. Be it Naj's infectious enthusiasm, Ming's commitment, Will's coaching from a million miles away or even Chook singing me 'Fodginator' theme songs it's been a great start at this great club. Special mention to that bloke Wazza, (bloody good footballer too!).
Now the rest is up to us..as it's been mentioned already we need to get everyone down to training. Us new blokes still havent met the rest of the team! I've already booked the engraver and picked the spot in the 'pool' room for my championship medal;) We need to train as a team to make it happen (or i lose my deposit at the engravers!)
For those that have made it to training, keep up the good work.
Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:45 PM - Host: c114-76-77-88.thoms3.vic.optusnet.com.au

jimmy:- WAZZA.....Amen !
Thanks for all the kind wordswink
As for the short time i have see u play in pre-season AFL 9
I have notice you have the confidence everytime u have touch the ball
you have enough talented to be the midfield / forward warrior.
Friday, 30 March 2012 10:52 PM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au

Wazza:- I felt the recruits needed the love, Fodgey and Jimmy. Footy clubs at their best welcome people into the mix.

And Bobby you are right, it is important to get everyone at training, and Coach Wil is pushing that hard. The young fell Rhys looks an exciting prospect in the making.

On a day like today, for the non-windowed office worker, when the weather is superb, the excitement of games is just around the corner. Hopefully glorious sunny autumn and winter days await the Mudlarks.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012 11:59 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au
534).Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:38 PM -
Ming - Hi Bondy - I see you are online in Ethiopia

Ming:- Bugger, The Mud is no good for real time chat - lost him.
You have to refresh to see if there's a comment. I don't have skype on this computer.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:42 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au

Now there's one in USA:- Is that you Will?
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:50 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au

See:- Lost him too, only on for 2 mins
I've gotta go now, buy some snags for training - Ming
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:55 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au

CW:- I am here Ming, was trying to add a photo. Time for bed here though. Looking forward to getting back to training next week and kicking a footy. Prepare for plenty of sit ups smile
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 04:23 PM - Host: wsip-98-188-95-170.lv.lv.cox.net

Ming:- Ah so, Will. Maybe it didn't upload because it was too big, or your server is a bit slow...
There is a 5Mb upload limit on photos, coz we only have so much space.
But some cameras these days take photos much bigger than that, so they wont upload here, unless you downwardly resize.
Also important, that 5Mb is downloaded via your bandwith every time you load or even re-load the Mud (plus every other image on the page). So I'll make it only 15 items get displayed on each page.
Good idea to resize them to about 800x600 pixles, (while this multiplies out to 500Kb, jpgs save some space, maybe 50%)
Thursday, 29 March 2012 12:03 AM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
533).Tuesday, 27 March 2012 10:49 PM -
Jimmy - Since we are playing for points system what are the prices tag $$$$$
For Ben ,Adam ,mark , the Fodge brothers and up coming superstar George ?????

ADAM:- FORGET IT JIMMY...THIS CLUB CAN NOT AFFORD ME.
THOUGH ZAC IS PLAYING LIKE THERE'S A PRICE ON MY HEAD....
BACK INJURY TO COMPLIMENT MY SHOULDER INJURY COURTESY OF THE MODERN DAY HULK.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 06:49 PM - Host: 114-198-113-79.dyn.iinet.net.au

jimmy:- zac will get better as the training go on....he will destroy his opponents like ants.....
try get him on ur side next time.....lol
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:30 PM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au

Zac:- For about the 16th time personally and publicly I am Sorry Adam for the pain you suffered. I've pulled back twice in the two physical clashes to prevent injury. However, he appears to NOT have accepted my apologies and I am very reluctant to come back to training.
Sunday, 1 April 2012 05:38 PM - Host: CPE-144-132-74-26.vic.bigpond.net.au

Ming:- Hey Zac - It looks like you missed Adam's comment to Wazza's article above. I've copied it below... and lttle Jimmi gets a bit excited.
ADAM:- Good stuff. Looking forward to part two.
I'll clarify that part about the spray for the big Zac. I am firmly in the pro Zac camp. He adds a dimension of fear we haven't had in my time. I wasn't that annoyed about the hit, it was more frustration that for a few moments it felt like I';d done the back again. This time the Mudlark gods granted me a reprieve.
Thursday, 29 March 2012 12:50 PM - Host: 114-198-114-173.dyn.iinet.net.au

Sunday, 1 April 2012 11:10 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Ming:- Remember the old adages...
"If you're not frightened, you can't be brave." and
"If you pull out, you get hurt".
Zac is quick and big, doesn't have to scare anyone to get the ball.
You might have missed our coach for a few years before Will - Ruby (see pic) - now Ruby could add the dimension of fear.
Sunday, 1 April 2012 11:49 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Fodge:- Hey Zac, you have to come back to training. You're just too awesome and you have to be part of this awesome team! See u wed
Monday, 2 April 2012 04:36 PM - Host: c114-76-77-88.thoms3.vic.optusnet.com.au

Jimmy:- Zac....I'm impressed with you pre-season and you are ready to take on to the next level which is to play hard and kick ass...lol!
You are very important part of Brunswick and capable of playing attacking and defensive tasks given by our coach willba. Hope to see you soon.
Monday, 2 April 2012 09:26 PM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au

Zac:- See you Wednesday night guys :)
Monday, 2 April 2012 10:35 PM - Host: ppp33E0.dsl.pacific.net.au
532).Tuesday, 27 March 2012 04:03 PM -
POINTS!!! - We it's been coming - Reserves (Masters) will play for points in 2012.
Relevant Rules:
  • Age restrictions are O-35 before 31/12.
  • No limit on the bench in season. In finals it's max 6.
  • Opposition can supply one umpire if they want to.
  • FINALS ELIGIBILITY: 4 games (Resies or 47s) - but - Max 4 in Firsts to play in Resies final (unless Firsts playing same day)
    SO - we can go out a ACTIVELY recruit 35yos!
    Our firsts side, MARCELLIN, is travelling well, but not heaps overstocked in the 35s, and naturally will have more available for home games, so there might be room for a few of our blokes to help them out on away games when we play at the same venue.
    Note: if we have too many Masters on home games, we can play a game of 9s after our game to keep blokes interested, or ease them along fitness or hardness-wise to match it with the competition superstars like Willi, Diamond Valley, Beacy or the Evil Empire Essendon.

    ADAM:- GOOD. WE SHOULD AIM FOR GF.
    THERE'S ENOUGH TALENT IN THIS SIDE TO GIVE THE TOP TWO A SHAKE. AND WHILE THE NUMBERS ARE GOOD I'M NOT CONVINCED THEY'VE SWOLLEN QUITE TO SURPLUS.
    Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:16 PM - Host: 114-198-113-142.dyn.iinet.net.au

    Ming:- No Surplus yet. However, we can recruit and not have to worry about too many on the bench like a couple of years ago, prior to the 47s. 9s can take some slack, as well as just be footy for fun.
    As far as playing for Silverware - Let's aim for turning up to games, and training, then some teamwork, system, flair...
    and so on up the scale...
    Tuesday, 27 March 2012 07:17 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    ADAM:- YET TO MEET ANYONE WHO ENJOYED THE BEACONSFIELD TOUR...
    WINNING IS THE ONLY #@*%! FOR FUN.
    SOUND OUT THE YOUTH MOVEMENT IN THE OVER 35'S AND YOU'LL FIND EVERY BLOKE ACTUALLY WANTS TO WIN. THEY LOVE A BIT OF SYSTEM, SOME PLANS.
    WE'RE NOT TALKING MALTHOUSE ROMAN LEGION SYSTEM, BUT THE FACT WILL DRILLS 'SWITCHING' IS ENOUGH OF A PLAN TO BEGIN WITH.
    THEY HATE 'GO OUT AND HAVE A KICK AND JUST HAVE SOME FUN'. THEY'VE GONE BEYOND THAT AND THE PLAYERS ARE BETTER THAN THAT
    TRUST ME, I AM THE EARS OF THE CLUB....DISSENTERS OUTSIDE THE COMMITTEE ARE FREE TO CONTACT ME ON MY CLUB LINE.
    Wednesday, 28 March 2012 06:57 PM - Host: 114-198-113-79.dyn.iinet.net.au

    Ming:- I did mean the 9s is where we do Play for Fun, Premier Masters is too serious the last couple of years to still fall under that description.
    Also, I should have said "As far as talking about playing for silverware..." meaning any talk about further up that scale might be presumptive.
    And now you have got me trying to nut out the word that the automatic censoring function clobbered, could it be one of those little blue pills? Um, The only viagra for fun? Er, The only #@*%! for fun?
    Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:58 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
  • 531).Tuesday, 27 March 2012 03:09 PM -
    Bondy's in Ethiopia - If you have an ISP who doesn't register in each city, the fickle yellow blip registers the geographic mathematical middle of a country. So it looks like Bondy is in the outback, but he may equally be on the coast in Djibouti or on the Kenyan border.
    Give us wunderlustrians some photos please Bondy.

    Er, come to think of it:- Sometimes it might be a bit dodgy taking photos in some places.
    Scan a postcard??
    Tuesday, 27 March 2012 03:11 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox2.its.rmit.edu.au
    530).Monday, 26 March 2012 12:22 AM -
    More pics - Here are a few more

    529).Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:27 PM -
    MUDLARKS 2012 DATES - Bruny9s WILL CONTINUE ALTERNATE MONDAYS at GILLON OVAL, Cnr Victoria & Pearson St Bruns.
    * This Monday 26th Mar * 6pm at Fleming Park, Albert St, E.Bruns
    * This Wednesday 28th Mar * 6:30pm training returns to Gillon Oval - BBQ & Drinks.
    Will wants everybody to put in the 3 Weds in April before the first game (see below)
    * Next Sat 31st Mar * 11am at Gillon Oval. AusKick have their RegoDay, and they lent us the goalposts, so we are donating some footies, then have an AFL9s game (no age limit, touch tackling) and maybe snare a Dad or two.
    * South Coast Buccaneers Easter Mini-Carnival Sat 7 & Sun 8 Apr * Pambula Beach Sports Complex,
    South Coast NSW (between Eden and Merimbula). Free Camping, Lots of Activities

    Will:- Trying to keep the fitness up and it was made easier by running in Central Park which is a great fitness venue. I am hoping that all is going well at home and the Mudlarks are doing well, thanks to Adam for the updates on training and new faces.
    I want to try and contact everyone by email, Mud and text for the lead up into the start of the season. If we can insist that everyone who intends to play with us this year gets to training in the 3 April nights before the start of the season and makes themselves known to the coaches group. Last thing I want to do is go into the year like we did last year scratching for 17 players against Reservoir. Can we organize to contact the people missing who we would like to see back....trying to think without a list but guys like Naz (full back) and Damo (if he isn't coaching juniors), etc.
    Maybe we can do a proper type of team selection and "pie night" on the final training night before Game 1.
    I will be back on April 2nd and then have that week off before returning to work, so happy to get on the phone to everyone and get some commitments for the first 3 games at least. Will have better wifi for the next part of the trip, so let me know if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas. All the best from Boston.
    Sunday, 25 March 2012 10:41 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
    528).Sunday, 25 March 2012 09:38 PM -
    jimmy - hurry up boys 5 more b4 the league is full.come and show rusty and the darebin boy what the mudlarks are good at......code: 139450
    527).Saturday, 24 March 2012 10:27 AM -
    chook - hope your enjoying your holiday commander.Training has been good and the skill level has improved heaps from last year.cheers
    526).Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:56 AM -
    Ratty - Great season i hear boys
    Back at the Home Ground (Gillon) from next Wens 28th March - Stay after for a sausage and a jar in the club rooms.We'll have a chat about the year committee wise and set up dates for happenings for the year.

    Ratty:- That was ment to be great SESSION .a bit preemptive to go great Season already
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:59 AM - Host: 220-245-125-73.static.tpgi.com.au
    525).Saturday, 24 March 2012 01:45 AM -
    Pointy Place - Not in Brunswick anymore.

    Franco Cozzo:- Nah, used to have one, but some-a-one knocked it off
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:06 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    Travelling Salesman:- Franco, old Mate, I haven't seen your "pointy thing" but your Sphinx is now in Geelong.
    Bondy meant he isn't in Brunswick, though the driving is similar.
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:16 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
    524).Saturday, 24 March 2012 01:36 AM -
    Bondy - Greetings, Mudlarks, from North Africa. Writing from Cairo and the heart of the Arab Spring. Went for a walk after work yesterday and stumbled across this scene. Who knew?

    Onwards to Ethiopia this weekend and will check in from there so Ming gets another 'blip' on the global MUD Map. Only there for a week... Back in the training saddle for the first Wednesday in April.

    In the mean time may all your ball skills be tidier than mine and may all your soft tissue stay intact.

    CW:- Good work Bondy, I am joining in from Boston, will be in New Orleans later today when all the lazy bums in Melbourne wake up.
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:18 AM - IP: 209.117.47.251

    Ratty:- Keep it comming boys
    Isip coffee on my porch and travell via your words
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 07:51 AM - Host: 220-245-125-73.static.tpgi.com.au

    Ming:- Cairo is up there, Bondy, cheers!
    It's damn hard to see the yellow dot for all the sand.
    We got Jamaica too, where Alfie Calvert is going to see the Test, but closer inspection shows Jamaica, NY - New York? Is that you going to the airport, Will?
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:04 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    Ming:- Ah memories, eh Ratty! It is fun following the lads around the globe.
    Coffee on the porch, hope you are rugged up up there.
    Yes travellers, Melbourne has had a touch of winter to keep us on our toes.
    Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:23 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

    CW:- 28C here in New Orleans, need to head home for some cooler weather. Humid too...had a funny run this morning along the Mississippi River, found out where a lot of the drunks from Bourbon St sleep at night smile Got to do some hurdles along the way.

    Ming, not sure where Jamaica is. We got the train from New York to Boston last week, could be in any part of New York that we travelled through.
    Sunday, 25 March 2012 01:56 PM - Host: ip174-70-103-119.no.no.cox.net
    523).Friday, 23 March 2012 11:02 PM -
    JIMMY MUDLARKS SUPERCOACH LEAGUE - CODE 139450
    522).Friday, 23 March 2012 07:50 AM -
    najj - Adam hows your finger. Good turn out on wednesday ,everyone training very well,keep it up boys and well trained

    Jimmy:- Hope you finger get better soon !
    Friday, 23 March 2012 11:47 AM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au
    521).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:12 PM -
    Jimmy - Anyone who interesting in playing hearldsuns super coach pls join me in my leagues .
    Code: 1394501
    520).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:26 PM -
    The Big Fly - Yet Another "Way to Go"

    Choppa:- Looks like Brunsawick Penitentiary
    Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:34 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au
    519).Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:21 PM -
    Twinkle Toes - Up there Cazaly. Liv shows us how it's done

    Jimmy:- Liv.....you a gun !
    Look like Brunswick got lots of superstars this year !!!!!!!!!
    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:58 PM - Host: 123-2-9-176.static.dsl.dodo.com.au

    How it's done?:- That's a what? An Irish Jig he's doing?
    Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:38 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au
    518).Monday, 19 March 2012 02:15 PM -
    BOURKEY'S BACK - Sublime half forward sporting a stylised mullet. Played last couple of games and goes very nicely. This is a top outfit we're assembling...
    517).Monday, 19 March 2012 02:07 PM -
    ADAM - I feel a lot safer knowing you're on our side Zac...Waz and I are glad you won't be out there at nine's to take my head off again.
    516).Monday, 19 March 2012 12:57 PM -
    Zac - Guys. felt very welcome at the club - thanks for that. Looking forward to a great season. Can't make Mondays but will be there every Wednesday. Are there lights at Fletcher Park? When do Wednesdays officially change over to Gillon Res?

    Will:- Zac, welcome to the club and the MUD. Hope to meet you in April when I return from this grand U.S adventure. The Travelling Coach.
    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 01:58 AM - IP: 70.42.157.5
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