Dockers – still in Blue and White
Remember Neil Docking, aka Dockers, an Ikey who had as much talent as he had attitude. Dockers saw the club into the new millenium and made history having a smoke on the first team bench to celebrate yet another cap. Ah, the good old days.
Name / Nickname: Neil Docking – Dockers
Played at varsity when, what positions and for what teams: – U 19A, U21 A2, A1, Eagles (2nds) and 1st Team. Played fly-half, scrum-half, full-back and centre. At the club 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. 2003 (not sure about that).
Where are you now and what are you doing?: I live in Warsaw Poland. I am a Golf Pro. I work as the Head Professional at Warsaw Golf and Country Club and I play on some sattelite golf tours here in Europe. Planning on playing the Sunshine Tour from the end of this year.
Best varsity rugby memory?:
1. The Eagles cry!!!
2. Smoking on the bench for the first side.
3. Rickets slapping me after he decided to take a quick kick into touch from a penalty and I asked him what the hell he thought he was doing.
“I was renowned for”: My attitude, having a good boot, long passes and missing tackles.
Any guys you are still in touch with?
Since I live in Poland there aren’t alot of old ikey buggers running around but I keep in touch with some guys via the net and when I’m back home. I’ll also see Rickets soon because I’m about to hopefully sign with the company he works for in London – AMI.
Do you follow the UCT Ikey Tigers and the Club?:
Sadly not enough. However when I’m back I will most certainly keep track and tack a stroll up the hill to watch a game or two.
Random Varsity Memory:
I had some great times at the club. Another fond memory of a fellow Ikey is of my long time mate Stephen Knoop. I was on a plane back from the states (via london) and I ended up on the same plane as Snoopy. We gave a solid eagles cry much to the dismey of the other passengers and made a quick plan to have a cold one together once we had taken off. Unfortunately for Snoopy I was coming back from an Auctioneer’s conference ( I worked as an art auctioneer for two years in the Caribbean) and had smashed a couple in my face the night before. So being the good mate that Snoopy is he picked up a couple from the stewardess and came bounding down the aisle as the seat belt lights went off, where he found me sleeping!!!!!
Now anybody who knows Snoopy, knows he’s a big softy and he didn’t wake me like a normal person, he decided to let me sleep. Which meant he carried on walking holding 4 beers and then had to try and explain why he was standing at the back of the plane with four beers in his hand. No…..my mate….ahhh….fell asleep…he’s there I promise. I almost cried with laughter when I woke up and heard his dilemma. Priceless.
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