Dodos 50 – 6 Falcons
The Falcons once again broke their previous years record attendance with nearly 40 old boys kitted up to play. The Dodos got off to a great start when QB Adam Lillis handed off the ball to WR John O’Connor on an end-around who evaded tackles to take it to the house on a 50 yard TD run. RB Mitchell Holt powered in the 2-pt attempt to give the Falcons an early lead of 8-0.
With a depleted squad, the Falcons struggled to move the ball on offence and often found themselves punting away the football. The Dodos quickly added two further scores in the first quarter, first with QB Dave Thomas hitting WR and fellow HoF Jack Garnsey on a 40 yard pass and run for the TD, quickly followed by a 20 yard TD run from RB Holt. Both scores had successful 2-pt attempts with QB Lillis running in a score along with a leaping grab by WR O’Connor to increase the score to 24-0 at the end of the 1st Quarter.
The Falcons Offence begun to show some flashes of brilliance led by QB Aaron Whiteworth. Aided by penalties on the Dodos defence, the offence reached the red zone where Whitworth scored on a 10 yard QB run. The 2-pt attempt failed leaving the score at 24-6. The Falcons scored once more before the half ended when QB Lillis hit WR Joe Walker on a 50 yard catch and run TD. The 2-pt attempt was unsuccessful ending the half at 30-6 in the Dodos favour.
Once again, the Dodos defence stood firm during the 3rd quarter with Jack Garnsey, DeMarco Ryans and Stuart Skinner all intercepting QB Whitworth. The interceptions paid off with RB Gareth Wright running in one of his signature TDs with several Falcons clinging onto him to improve the score to 36-6 before Gary Welch also added a 15 yard TD of his own to extend the lead further. RB Holt scored his second 2-pt attempt on the day to give the Dodos a 44-6 lead.
The Falcons defence looked brighter in the 4th quarter with LB Adam Terrington recovering a Dodos fumble and DB David Lane recording his first ever interception. But the Falcons offence were unable to convert these turnovers into points. Finally, RB Holt got his second TD of the day bring his individual points total to 16 whilst also giving the Dodos a winning score of 50-6 shortly before the full time whistle.
Following the game, the awards do at the hotel crowned Dodos QB Dave Thomas the MVP of the game and inducted RB Gary Welch into the Falcons Hall of Fame.
Dodos 30 – 36 Falcons
The Falcons were on a high entering this game after recently reaching the BUAFL playoffs. Likewise, the Dodos turned out a record playing attendance and were sporting their new purple jerseys.
The Dodos elected to receive the kickoff and started brightly when Offensive Lineman turned Kick Returner Graham Swanson returned the opening into Falcon territory. The Dodos nearly opened with the perfect offensive play; starting Quarterback Ryan Maxwell tossed the ball to Running Back A-Jay Crabbe who in turn launched the ball downfield and just overthrew a wide-open Adam Lillis. The Dodos slowly moved the ball towards the Falcon endzone before turning the ball over on downs.
Both defences stood firm as the teams exchanged punts. Near the end of the 1st quarter, QB Maxwell broke the deadlock by hitting WR Adam Lillis on a crossing pattern from 25 yards out. An option play to RB A-Jay Crabbe who raced to the corner of the endzone increased the lead to 8-0.
By now the Falcons playoff offence, led by QB Russell Jordan, had found its rhythm. Sticking with the dangerous spread playoff (that ranked them 8th in the country) allowed QB Jordan to complete short passes to his WRs with efficiency. The drive finished with a score when QB Jordan hit WR Nicky Tallintire to give the Falcons their first points on the day. A 2-pt run attempt by RB Zach Toogood was stuffed at the line of scrimmage and the score remained 8-6.
The 1st half looked to end with no more scores, before a huge completion to Dodos WR David Murphy put the Dodos in scoring range. QB Maxwell finished the drive by sneaking in the ball from 2 yards out. A handoff to RB Gary Welch on the 2-pt attempt extended the lead to 16-6. With the half ended, the Dodos looked in control.
The second half was all Falcons however. The Falcons drove their first possession the length of the field before QB Jordan found WR Aaron Whitworth in the endzone from 35 yards out despite great coverage from DB Ka-Poh Ling. Initially, the catch was ruled incomplete, but after further review from the referees, the play was overturned and the Falcons closed the gap to 16-12. A successful QB keeper from Russell Jordan on the 2-pt attempt took the score to 16-14.
The Dodos had now lost QB Maxwell from the game and various backup choices were unavailable. In stepped RB Mitchell Holt to lead the offence, despite never playing the quarterback position before. Despite a couple of early completions and QB runs, the Dodos were forced to punt.
The Falcons Offence was now riding high and put another great drive together culminating in a 10 yard TD run from RB Zach Toogood, giving the Falcons their first lead of the game. The 2-pt attempt failed leaving the score at 20-14 in the Falcons favour.
A fumble on the Dodos next possession allowed Falcons DE Benny Ogidan to recover the ball. Falcons hit again quickly, with QB Jordan finding WR Whitworth again for a 15 yard passing score. Again finding WR Whitworth with another pass on the 2-pt attempt, QB Jordan increased the Falcons lead to 28-16.
The Dodos began sticking to their staple offence of hard running. Hand-offs to Gary Welch and Adrian Benn allowed the Dodos to get within scoring range again, before RB Welch powered in from 20 yards to give the Dodos hope. The 2-pt pass attempt failed bringing the Dodos back to 28-22.
Entering the 4th quarter, the Falcons had now moved WR Whitworth to QB, who scrambled to great effect. However, the experience of the Dodos LB core of Adrian Benn, Jamie Ewen and Gareth Wright shone through and kept the Falcons at bay and force them to punt. The Dodos defence’s hard work paid off when an unorthodox QB scramble from Holt allowed him to break free on a 35 yard run for the score. He proceeded to also run in the 2-pt attempt giving the Dodos the lead with 5 minutes remaining in the game! Score now 30-28 to the Dodos.
The Falcons weren’t finished though and returned to the field for one final drive. Both teams were down to their last legs but continued to play hard. The Falcons had a fantastic drive which ended with a TD pass to WR Tallintire, his second of the day, to return the lead back to the Falcons. With the 2-pt successful, the final score stood at 36-30 with the Falcons the victors. A fine end to a great playoff season for the team.
The end of season awards do followed with Graham Swanson being inducted into the Falcons Hall of Fame and both Sarah Shand and Kirsten Sheppard being inducted into the Falconette’s Hall of Fame. WR Aaron Whitworth received the MVP honours for the day’s alumni match.
Dodos 9 – 8 Falcons
After the convincing win the season before, the Dodos had high hopes of repeating this feat. However, the Falcons had other ideas.
The Dodos started brightly, with Safety Jeremy Dixon intercepting an errant Falcon pass and returned it to the Falcons 8 yard line. The Dodos offence failed to punch the ball in however and fumbled the ball to return possession to the Falcons.
The teams exchanged punts until the Falcons shocked the alumni when QB Russell Jordan found WR Joe Walker deep along the sideline to complete a 60 yard touchdown. Jordan hooked up with WR Stuart Halling to complete the 2 point conversion to increase the score to 8-0. The Dodos began to regain momentum and with one of the final plays of the half, QB Gareth Wright found WR Adam Lillis for a 25 yard touchdown. The touchdown was called back however on a holding penalty and the half finished 8-0.
The second started with a fumble in the Falcons endzone which QB Russell Jordan jumped on to give the Dodos 2 points. The rest of the half saw the teams continually share punts. The Dodos finally managed to put together a stellar drive late in the 4th quarter starting on their own 7 yard line. Runs by RBs Gary Welch and Christopher Fikeis allowed the Dodos to set up on the Falcons 6 yard line, which WR David Murphy took a reverse in for the score. Murphy kicked the extra point to give the Dodos their first lead of the game at 9-8. The Falcons attempted a comeback in the dying seconds, but an interception by Dodos Strong Safety Jan Verwiigs ended the game, giving victory to the alumni.
Dodos 33 – 0 Falcons
The Dodos were not taking prisoners in 2009, well they didn’t really have a choice unless they were to face severe embarrassment to lose three Alumni games on the trot! Pumped up and ready to go the biggest Dodo squad to date took to the field to face a largely rookie Falcons team who had just come off a 2-6 season. The Falcons didn’t fare well on the opening play when K Mark Davis sent a booming kick to the Falcons 20 where the Falcon’s returner fumbled the football which Graham ‘Piggy’ Swanson swiftly recovered. Despite being in the Falcons red zone on two continuous drives the Dodos failed to convert possession into points. On the third drive, QB Gareth ‘Gibbon’ Wright found WR Adam ‘Flipper’ Lillis in the endzone to open the scoring. The extra point was no good to leave the score at 6-0. Strong defence from the likes of Paul ‘Mankind’ Cornforth, Mark Davies, Adrian ‘Campari’ Benn and Finn Olav-Foie kept the Falcons at bay to see out the quarter.
The second quarter started with a bang when RB Mitchell ‘Carebear’ Holt punched the ball in from 12 yards. He subsequently injured his knee forcing him out for the rest of the game. The extra point was good leaving the score 13-0 at half time. The second half produced two more scores both coming from David ‘Cyril’ Murphy. The first being a 60 yard interception return from DE and adding a TD reception later in the third quarter whilst playing TE. After a series of tough hits from both sides the game finished with QB Gareth Wright running in a score to leave the final result at 33-0.
Dodos 0 – 17 Falcons
The Falcons again were victorious over the Dodos in 2008. A few injuries and let downs provided the Dodos with depleted squad of 18 which required Ironman football from the majority of players. The game started with a Falcons return and turned the ball over on the first play with a deep pass being intercepted by Safety Pavlos Anagnou. With the Dodos struggling to get out of their own half, the ball was turned over between the teams several times. The first score of the day came from Punter Ka-Poh Ling stepping out of bounds at the back of the endzone giving the Falcons a 2-0. In the second quarter, the Falcons again scored from a punt, this time Punt Returner Mark Davies returning it to the house for the score. David Murphys converted PAT brought the score to 9-0 at the half. In the second half, the score was increased soon after with a WR Kris Kurowski TD catch being brought back for Holding, allowing WR Adrian Phillips to catch and run in his first Falcons TD after two great passes from QB Ryan Maxwell. An incomplete 2 pointer left the score at 15-0. With the Dodos now playing with 11 men both ways, the Falcons were able to truly dominate, and their final score was a safety after a long snap flew over the punter’s head and out the endzone. The final score 17-0. The game ended in high spirits with the Dodos left wondering, again, what the result may have been with a stronger squad.
This was followed by the end of year awards at the Westgate Hall with Robert Fuller being inducted into the Hall of Fame and Andy McAnneny and Adam Lillis being shortlisted for the future.
Dodos 6 – 20 Falcons
The first ever win against the Dodos came in 2007, with the highlight being RB Mitchell Holt’s first ever Falcons Touchdown in 3 years. The Falcons followed this up with a passing TD from QB Adam Lillis to WR David Murphy. The Dodos brought it back to within a score with a passing TD from QB Gareth Wright to TE Paul Cornforth. Mitchell Holt’s second TD closed the game for the final score to be 20-6 to the Falcons.
Dodos 20 – 6 Falcons
The previous year in 2006, the score was reversed. The Dodos took an early lead through receiving TDs from Paul Cornforth and Glenn Lindley from QB Gareth Wright. Another score was added by RB Jonty Newman to leave the score 20-0. A consolation TD from the Falcons was a 75 yard passing TD from QB Nathan Smith to WR Adam Lillis.
Dodos 21 – 0 Falcons
The Dodos won convincingly in 2005 with TDs from Glenn Lindley and Jonty Newman (2). The Falcons, coming off a 1-7 season, were never really in a chance of winning but the game was enjoyed by all and followed with an awards night and a boogie until the early morning.