Round 1 Report

Still quivering with disbelief, Hulk put down the can of Emu Export he had smuggled into The Foreshore on Saturday and turned to his mate Knoxy to declare: “If there has been a better try than that ever scored on this field, then I’m bloody sure I didn’t see it!”
The unofficial Member for Byford was referring to the late try by electric fullback James Verity-Amm (no relation to Verity James) which should have won the game for Neddies and completed a rare clean sweep of Wests after earlier wins in colts, fourths, thirds and seconds (the women’s team also cleaned up 75-nil against Curtin/Irish).
Unfortunately, it was not to be.
A late penalty goal to Wests saw the visitors edge ahead 34-32 in a see-sawing match, leaving Neddies to salvage two bonus points from the Round One season opener after a five-try effort which included a pair to fullback Verity-Amm in his return from a long injury spell and a rampaging 25 metre effort from WA Under-20 second rower Sam Offer, one of six graduates from the Neddies Colts in the premier grade team.
There were plenty of new faces in a Neddies team striving for its 35th consecutive appearance in the premier grade finals. And there were some familiar returning players in seconds including former Colts skipper Krysten Lawrence and the winger once dubbed the world’s fastest white man, Jake Wilson.
There was also an early attempt to join an elite group of Neddies players to play in every grade on the same day. That was from none other than cult hero Joe “Peanut” Richie, whose attempt at a clean sweep of the grades was cruelled when the Neddies women’s team wouldn’t let him on the field. Legendary effort Peanut.
While it was a shame to lose to Wests at the death, it was great to be back in glorious conditions at The Foreshore for another season of club rugby, in the fellowship of the Neddies faithful.
Round 2 sees Neddies heading to Pat O’Hara to take on Perth-Bayswater.