Round 13 Review

The number 13 is unlucky for some. And luck was not on the side of Neddies in Round 13 of the competition on Saturday. Playing in atrocious conditions at the Foreshore, an injury-stricken Neddies premier grade team took to the field against Kalamunda after wins in thirds and fourths, a draw in reserve grade and a narrow loss by the women’s team.
Kalamunda were desperate to stay in contention for the finals – and played like it. After about 15 minutes, the Bulls has two tries on the board for a 12-0 lead which was going to take some overhauling in the conditions.
The return from injury of star back TeRangi Fraser helped spark Neddies back into action. And two quick second half tries by flanker Shane Hemi and hooker Stephen Reamsbottom suddenly had Neddies back in front at 14-12.
In a tense final quarter, the Bulls were next to score before a converted try to prop Kenneth Macaulay put Neddies back in front 21-19 with just minutes remaining.
But just like the second Lions-All Blacks Test inside the clubrooms on the big screen, it was a late penalty goal by the visiting team which ultimately decided the outcome. That was enough to give Kalamunda a 22-21 win – and the RugbyWA Cup with it.
The loss saw Neddies drop a notch to third on the ladder. Coach Tony Ball will be hoping for a few more returning troops on Saturday when Neddies head to Harvey Field to take on a dangerous Cottesloe team in winning form.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!