Proud to be A Groovy Gang Mum…………….

groovyIt’s fair to say I was well chuffed with my son’s rugby this morning. Defensively he had a great game and put in some good tackles, I wish I could say he had a great attacking game as well, alas I think he only got his hands on the ball once. That in itself is annoying enough. But when I tell you he is actually the half back and should, with the exception of  the hooker, probably handle the ball more than any one else, you will probably understand why I am annoyed. It was, by far, the most frustrating game of rugby league I have ever watched and at that we won.

Seemingly team is spelt with more than one  ‘I’, or it is in our case. The cool gang, only pass to one another, regardless of whether there are players around them who could do a better job or not -all in the name of impressing the ‘rugby league scout’. Except they’re impressing no one,they are missing the point (or more to the point -a certain pushy parent is. The one who stands there telling the kids to to do the total opposite to the coach.)  Rugby League is a team game, always has been, always will be. Individual players don’t make for a good team and you can’t have two teams in one -the cool gang and the groovy gang. So are these players about to embark on a super league career ………….? Er no, not at the ripe old age of 12 and 13 they’re not. Yep this is Junior Rugby, surely it should be about having fun, having mates and learning all there is to know about our great game -obviously not!!

The joys of Junior Rugby….

It can only get better

Bring it on


The Game That Never Was and the Game That Was a Whole Lot Better Than it Should Have Been…..


At last, blue skies, wall to wall sunshine, not a rain cloud to be seen. This Summer Rugby League marlakey was finally going to live up to what we were promised. Basking in the sunshine

Comebacks on!!!

Comebacks on!!!

watching our kids play. Then the telephone rang. Due to a monumental cock-up there was no game, half the opposition team were on their jolly hols, and rightly so -it is half term after all. Trouble is despite them cancelling 2 weeks ago no one thought to tell us, then when they did let’s just say that instead of crossed wires we had crossed Emails and unfortunately the one that said ‘the games off’ didn’t appear until today. Oh well, people are only human and mistakes are easily made, though looking at some of the posts on a local rugby forum you’d think it was a matter of life and death -yes the keyboard warrior strikes again!! There are some really sad people out there!

So with no game yesterday we had to wait  until today for our rugby fix, trouble is it was Wakefield v Wigan and our form in recent weeks meant we didn’t have a hope in hell. ………..Wrong!! We nearly caused the upset of the season and won -and to think I very nearly stayed home to finish topping off the tan. Yep at long last Wakefield played with a bit of pride and passion  – if only you got points for effort. Hopefully the corner has been turned and Wakefield’s form is returning -watch this space!!

Beautiful Weather

More of the same tomorrow

Bring it on!!

Back on Boris (again)

Well Done Impact.

Well Done Impact.

Finally we did it, back out on the bikes for our Sunday morning mystery tour. For varying reasons, rugby, snow and even CBA Syndrome, Hubby and I  haven’t made it out for the last few weeks, I haven’t hit the gym in over a week either, it’s fair to say I was getting desperate to get back on the exercise wheel -it felt good. So we headed out and found yet another new route to follow, I can’t believe that I’ve lived here all my life and have never been to some of these places,either that or I’m getting to that age where I’ve forgotten. Through the woods we went, onto the lake -past the sailing club that I didn’t know existed and then back along what we thought was a cycle path -you know what thought did!! Imagine that lovely green mountain where Julie Andrews sang ‘the hills are alive’. Well it was like that only it wasn’t the sound of music they were alive with, more like me screaming as we bolted downhill through grassy field -I loved it.

It’s fair to say it’s been a busy weekend, but then when is it ever anything else? Friday night saw me out to support some of our year 5’s as they competed in the final of the ‘Future Stars’ talent show – an initiative organised by the community police, putting money retrieved from dodgy folk to good use. Bless them (our year 5’s not the dodgy folk),they’d already won £500 for the school in the heats and had a chance to win £3000 in the final but sadly it was not to be. It wasn’t for lack of trying -they’ve practised every break and lunchtime for weeks and in my totally unbiased opinion they along with 2 other acts were far better than the act that won -still what do I know. Mind you what did one of the judges know -he can’t even run our local council properly never mind judge a talent show and he had a manbag……I rest my case.

Saturday dawned bright and beautiful – at last some Rugby in the sunshine. I still had 4 layers on but it’s definitely getting warmer!! Jack’s season has now started and despite the team being rusty to say the least,they managed to win -this time last year they’d have blown the opposition out of the water but I’m sure to they’ll be back to form in no time at all. To be honest if you’d seen the size of todays opposition you wouldn’t have fancied our chances, don’t get me wrong we’ve got some bigger than average players but they were man mountains, one of them needed a shave -guess who’s shorter than short son was marking him. He’s braver than me -I’d have run in the other direction!

So now we’re back to Sunday evening -just how do we get here so quick? I still haven’t done all the jobs I planed to do but at least I’ve managed to fit a blog in, I thought I’d better. I’ve had some complaints about the lack of it (there you go Alison -you’ve got your mention!) I will try harder this week, honestly I will.

At last a bike ride

More of the same tomorrow

Bring it on

Busy Weekend When the Fun Never Ends……………….

Well I fared slightly better than Hubby and have had a relatively hangover free day today, maybe having to be home before the clock struck twelve and the babysitters turned into pumpkins helped. It’s a good job really because one more drink and I would have been out for the duration- not good for a nearly non-drinker!

So time for a catch-up on yesterday before going on to today. It was an early start as the online race entry for January’s Brass Monkey half marathon opened at 7a.m. So 6:30 saw me glued to the laptop frantically pressing the refresh button just incase the lines opened early, but no it was 7 before it opened -thats when things started to go wrong. My name is Dawn, it’s been Dawn all my life but the online entry was having none of it ‘we cannot verify your name’ it kept telling me. More frantic refreshing, then it decided I don’t belong to a running club – I do. I might not go very often but I am definitely a member. So now I’m a non-club runner called Mavis- but hey at least I’m in!!

With online entry done it was time to finally get my running shoes on – a whole 3 miles my physio said. I managed it pain-free until I stood on my front step – twang! Thankfully the pain was pretty short-lived and I’m hoping for more of the same tomorrow. The comeback is on! Not a bad time either to say I haven’t run for 4 weeks.Running out of the way it was time to head off for Jacks rugby game – the 1st round of the BARLA Cup which they won last year. They couldn’t have got off to a better start 74-0 against the team they beat 24 – 0 last week, I nearly ran out of room on the score sheet. Fairplay to the opposition they never gave up and I can’t believe how sad their coach was refusing to hand out a Man of The Match award because they were rubbish – his words. Real positive coaching that!!

Afternoon time saw me cycling along the local canal, weir and marshland 12.7 miles of amazing views, mud and mega deep puddles – bliss! Though my thigh muscles don’t think so today -bit sore. A very busy day finished with a great night out, great food with great friends.

Time for rest and recovery today……maybe not, we headed up to Crigg to watch some of our other teams in action, we started with glorious sunshine and finished in the thickest of fog. Maybe it was fog that brought the loonies out in force – rugby is well-known for a bit of argy bargy, even full on fisticuffs – but leaving your teeth imprints on someones cheek is a new one on me. To add to the fun the ref sin sinned the bitten one and left the biter on the pitch. Carnage and chaos reigned. The ref didn’t know who he’d sin-binned, sent off or how long they’d been on, off or whether they could come back on or not…. Still at least we won!

A great weekend doing all the things we love best

Running and cycling tomorrow

Bring it on



A little Quickie…….

Just a very quick blog as we ‘re heading out for a few drinks and a bite to eat soon and I may not be fit to write anything later………
So a quick run down of all that’s gone on today and you can have the full story tomorrow.
Jacks rugby team just scraped through to the next round if the cup…..74-0. A first for us we had a female Ref- and boy was she good! Girl Power anyone?
Hubby cycled to and from the rugby and got covered in mud.
I managed to squeeze full kitbag and water bottles into Archie Aygo- it wasn’t easy.
Hubby and Jack went to watch the open age play ( they lost, not as good as us!) and I headed out on my bike got covered in mud and went through a puddle so deep I needed my waders!!!

Very busy day
Hangover Free tomorrow
Bring it on

Saturday Nights the night for…………….

So it’s Saturday night, hubbys out painting the town red (lads night out!) and I’m sat in with Jack, a bag of peanut M&M’s and a glass of snowball – such an exciting life I lead!! To be fair I’ve already been out – tea with my big bro at the chinese ‘all you can eat’ buffet. Due to my brothers amazing skills with a car park ticket machine it’s a wonder we’re not still there. First he couldn’t find the ticket then he stuck it in the bit thats for paying with a credit card …………… five minutes later after having instructions in many languages the penny dropped!! Nice meal though.

It’s been a bit of a funny day really Jacks rugby game kicked off an hour and a half later than usual meaning there wasn’t much time to do anything before or after. My washing machine is having a mid life crisis and keeps forgetting what it’s doing – so thats 2 of us in one house – not good! My whites took 3 hours and the coloureds 20 minutes. God knows how long the rugby kits going to take. Still at least Jack’s team won – another great team effort,lets hope for more of the same next week.

Will Hubby have the hangover from hell tomorrow?

Will I wind him up if he has

Bring it on

In Knee’d of some sleep……..

So I’m sat staring at the screen and wondering what to write about. I can’t tell you what happened on my run because thats banned at the minute, I didn’t cycle today as I had the ‘Asda Big Shop’ to do – boring! I could tell you about something funny at school except not much happened there either – though I must confess, I was so tired most of it passed in a blur. Not the best of nights sleep last night – while the strapping on my knee is allowing me to move it more – it’s still not a happy knee. I know- it throbbed all night. Still no pain no gain.

 At least it’s Friday tomorrow – the weekend is almost upon us. Wahoo It was going to be a rugby free weekend – the team Jack was due to play cried off, they didn’t want to get hurt! Erm it’s Rugby League, not ballet dancing.( I won’t name and shame the team – though it starts with an S and the second bit rhymes with dangers….) Anyhow we now have a friendly with a team that we have drawn to play in the cup the following week ( the draw was made after the friendly was arranged)- could be a good game that. 

Boredom’s kicking in

Out on the bike tomorrow before I crack up

Bring in on

A Knocked Knee and Vibration White Finger……………………

So as the fiasco that is Yorkshire Junior Rugby continues the attention today moved to school rugby – nearly as much of a fiasco if I’m honest. We never seem to know whats happening till it’s too late. Today was the first game of year 8 and how many times have the school team trained together this term – they haven’t. But then again if todays result is anything to go by they don’t need to – they won 62-4. The quality of rugby is a world away from what we are used to on a weekend but then so are the stress levels  nice not to stand there feeling a nervous wreck. Sadly some parents(well at least one!) think School rugby and league rugby should be played at the same level and carry on to such an extent at the side of the pitch that they are now banned!! So how did said parent overcome this predicament – he hid in the bushes at the side of the school field, complete with camouflage coat -we only spotted him when he rang to say where he was and even then it was only the glint of his binoculars and haze of cig  smoke that gave him away!!

With the school rugby done it was time to head to ‘real rugby’ training. Sadly Jack couldn’t go – well I wouldn’t let him go. He’d taken a knock in the school game and had one knee cap twice the size of the other – I’ll just watch he said. Yea right,soon as I set off running he’d be on the pitch training – I’m not that daft!  So I left him sat with a bag of peas (garden not mushy) on his knee and told him to rest. It’s nearly back to normal size now.

So I went up to training without him so I could run with my mate, its was a fab run but you can definitely feel the change in temperature. So much so that our ‘Vibration White Finger’ syndrome is back! Yep my hand was fine while I was running, by the time I drove home I couldn’t feel my it.It tock half an hour in a hot bath for the feeling to come back. Why oh why I get it god only knows but I’m not a rarity because my mate gets it too. Time to get the gloves back out.

Rugby game won and run done

Off to report the dodgy bloke in the bushes

Bring it On

Junior Rugby is Back…………….Maybe Not.

 Finally today was the day that Jack’s Rugby re-started.You know, this amazing new ‘Summer League’, that’s been a joke since the day it started.( I really need to bring my rugby blog up to date)  More stop than start – only you’re not allowed to criticize the powers that be or you face the firing squad at Dawn!!  Todays game was cancelled as the opposition didn’t have enough players for a team – which is understandable as technically it is still the school holidays. However maybe our recent 2 encounters had something to do with it, we’ve beaten them twice 60-0 in one game and we were winning 38 -0 in the other until their coach head butted the ref – game over!!! Cynical, me? Never!!!

So Hubby and I took full advantage of the free morning and headed out on our bikes, the campaign to get my fitness back continues. We headed to our usual route adding in another loop to take us to 8.5 miles of mainly off road tracks. The last few days rain made for some very muddy tracks – it was ace and unlike when we were kids and got told off for riding through puddles today we could ride through them as much as we wanted – no nasty grown-ups to tell us off – bliss! 

Once showered and mud free we headed out to Xscape for lunch and a quick look in the cycling shop – yep we’re turning into ‘cycle saddos’. The place was packed – didn’t realise there was a ‘Stars and their Cars’ exhibition on. Now I get the ‘having a car’ bit but I fail to see the need to dress up like Batman, Ghostbusters and even Delboy and Rodney to go with the car. Grown men wearing ‘Iron Man’ outfits………………….

Once home we watched some more of the Paralympics – I’m loving the events but sick to death of the crappy coverage. We just get to a good bit and the adverts come on – personally I think these athletes deserve better. You’re not going to inspire a generation with a load of adverts from the sponsors – come on Channel 4, get a grip!!

Anyway, Ellie Simmonds amazing swim(they managed to show the full 400m without any adverts) inspired me to squeeze a sneaky nearly four mile run in before the rugby came on – thankfully Super League teams don’t have ‘players on holiday’ issues. Big thanks to Hull FC for beating Bradford – We just need Wakey to beat Widnes tomorrow now and we could make the play-offs yet! C’mon Wakey.

Running and cycling done

Cycling and Super League tomorrow

Bring it on.




On the Hunt for Spike Island with the Catapult Kids……………….

The Catapult Kids

So with another walk and run under my belt my CBA syndrome has definitely been kicked into touch – for the time being at any rate. However my new-found love of cycling and walking is now causing me to suffer from ‘my legs don’t belong to me’ syndrome – not a good look. It’s pretty similar to the feeling you get the day after running after a marathon – you know your feet are on the floor but you can’t actually feel them – I’m sure it will ease off in a few days!!

Todays walk was with a nearly 11 and a 12 year old in tow, Jack had his friend round for the day and I decided a picnic in the local nature park was a good way of splitting the day up. It was also a good excuse for me to try and find Spike Island, a monument that must be well hidden as I’ve yet to find it.

  When we called to pick Alfie up he had something new and amazing to show us. Ipad, Xbox PS3……………..? Nope nothing new or fangled just a good old-fashioned CATAPULT. Now Jack had hours of fun at a recent BBQ with a catapult, its amazing how far overBBQ’d sausages fly. He was so impressed that he was going to stick one on his Crimbo List – hell of a lot cheaper than last years iPhone – he’ll do for me. After today I think we’ll be buying one a lot sooner than christmas.

Once I’d made the picnic we headed of on the mileish walk to the park, Alfie with his catapult and Jack with his recently acquired rope (see last weeks blog) that stinks of sheep, wrapped over his shoulder and round his waist – they looked like the lost boys!! I followed on behind, dragging the cool bag (have you tried filling 2 growing rugby lads – loads of snap needed!) my camera and the waterproofs! The plan to split the day up went out of the window – we spent nearly all day there. Catapulting anything and everything in sight and trying to lasso what they missed with the rope – who needs technology. Get your kids outside!

So with the kids engrossed I played with my camera – more practise is still needed but I did get a shot off the day – well I think it’s good.

My ‘Shot of the Day’

After all the fun,it was time for tea – a well-earned one before I dropped the lads at rugby training and went for a run with my mate – a bloody good run it was too.

A great day out -we never found Spike Island!!!

A visit to the catapult shop tomorrow

Bring it on

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