Round 14 Review

It’s not often that two players from the same team score hat-tricks – only for the game to go down to the wire.
But that was the case on Saturday as Neddies ventured to Harvey Field to take on a resurgent Cottesloe outfit who were desperate to stay in finals contention.
Amid echoes of the haka from the Lions-All Blacks Test being played inside the club house, the premier grade team took to the field in what was a bit of a bad hair day for Neddies after losses in reserves, thirds, fourths and women’s (and the Colts defeated ARKs the previous night).
And after his inspirational performance against Kalamunda the week before, it was the TeRangi Fraser show again as the star Neddies back scored the first two tries and booted a penalty goal to put his team ahead 15-14. Blockbusting hooker Logan Ede completed the first half scoring for Neddies with a try close to the break to give Neddies a 20-14 lead.
You got the sense there were going to be plenty more points scored in the second half. And that was the way it played out.
By the time Logan and TeRangi had completed their respective hat-tricks, Neddies looked to be in pole position at 37-26, with the clock ticking down.
But with their season on the line, Cottesloe rattled off two late tries in about the same time it took French Test referee Romain Poite to “rethink” his late penalty against the Lions – much to the disgust of Hulkster who threw his handle of DB against the black & white TV with the coat hanger antenna at the Makarora pub.
With the game on a knife edge, it all came down to the last conversion which, lucky for Neddies, sailed wide of the posts to give the visitors a 37-36 win.
Logan and TeRangi aside, there were some big contributors in the Neddies team, including free-wheeling lock Aiden Laxton and born-again tighthead Damo “The Italian Thor” Pacecca.
Saturday looms as a cracker down at The Foreshore as Neddies host top-of-the-table Paly, who will be looking to avenge their first round loss.
The game kicks off at the earlier time of 3pm so everyone can get to nib Stadium to watch that great warrior Hodgo play his farewell game for the Force against the Tahs.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!