Comeback shelved


by Craig Dodson

A lazy Sunday afternoon sitting on the couch next to my 38 week pregnant wife Sophie and I’m looking for a distraction to take our mind off the waiting game of juniors impending arrival. Lets go for a kick I suggest, a tough challenge for a pregnant lady who is currently struggling to put on her shoes and has less mobility than Justin Madden, however, they breed them tough in Tassie and off we go the park.

With the impending birth of junior around the corner I’ve been thinking a lot about football – how much fun it was as a kid, what it will be like to take junior to auskick, would rod carter or andrew dunkley get a game these days, would john ironmonger beat Jessie White in a hitout..

I gave the game up at 21 but now that i’m 34 the lure of a super rules comeback at 35 has been nagging at me. The efforts of one Ian Thorpe have not created much good PR for the comeback but I am convinced i’ve got another good game left in me.

I need to build my confidence first so ‘showing up’ a 38 week pregnant lady in a kick to kick should do the trick.

We start with a few 10 metre stab kicks, the first three miss the mark but i’m blaming an over pumped footy, my desire not to burst one through sophies hands and hit junior and lastly my asics joggers which are more suited to the domain of Rob Decastella than Polly Farmer.

Next up was the searching agility test, namely sophie tossing the ball out to me to see if I could pick up on the run, as it turns out i’m worse than a 92 year Zimmerframe carrying grandmother below the knees as I fumble my way through.

Set shots are next, in my glory days I wasn’t too bad but after today if given the option I would be handballing to James Manson or Cameron Mooney to seal the deal.

All the while Sophie looks on quizzically, no doubt reflecting on the countless stories I have told her about how ‘I used to go all right’. Glad i’ve got the ring on the finger.

That was yesterday, today i’ve woken up like Keith Richards after a bender and have pains in spots that only my wife dare touch.

Thorpie can grind away for the next two years trying to get a seat on the plane to Glasgow but I think i’ll put the mouthguard back in the box.

About craig dodson

Born in the sporting mecca that is Wagga Wagga and now reside in Melbourne with my lovelly wife Sophie and son's Jack and Harry. Passionate Swans supporter and formally played cricket at a decent level and Aussie Rules at a not so decent level! Spend my days now perfecting my slice on the golf course and the owner of the worlds worst second serve on the tennis course.


  1. Craig – don’t be despondent. I did a really stupid thing at 39 and went back to old blokes footy. Had ripper fun for about 4 seasons until my legs told me to retire again.

    34!! You’re still young.

  2. Tony Robb says

    Craig put on 30kg and settle in a forward pocket and bludge. Its worked for Steven Milne for 10 years

  3. craig dodson says

    Sound advice guys, i will take the derek Kickett fitness campaign and then revisit my plan..

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