There were races out at Belmont Races on Saturday. And there was also an equine tone to Saturday’s Round 10 match between Neddies and Baysie at Morley. We’re talking horses, colts and trifectas.
It was a youthful looking Neddies premier grade team who took to the field in glorious conditions at Pat O’Hara after wins in reserves and thirds. A loss in fourths and a bye for the women’s team.
All up, your correspondent counted 12 Colts or former Colts in the premier grade squad, including eight in the starting line-up. That included a debut for rugged lock Cam Brown, who won praise from coach Tony Ball for his work rate in the dark spaces, as did the ever-improving prop Victor Yong.
It didn’t take long for Neddies to open the scoring, with hooker Logan Ede crashing over for the first try while TJ Perenara still had his tongue sticking out against the French in the haka on the big screen inside the club rooms.
By halftime, Neddies had a decent grip on the game with a 28-5 lead. The points continued to flow in the second spell and by the final whistle Neddies had backed up last week’s solid performance against Soaks with a comfortable 47-15 victory.
That included a trifecta of tries to the man affectionately known as the horse, free-wheeling loose forward Aiden Laxton. This bloke is definitely more thoroughbred than Clydesdale. Sharp-shooter Kauri Cudd, one of the growing breed of Rangas at Neddies, had his radar working, converting six of Neddies’ seven tries. That is why it is called the Belmont Races 🙂
The win left Neddies in second spot on the ladder, still within striking distance of Soaks.
Saturday sees a return to The Foreshore against the visiting Roo Dogs after former Neddies Borneo 7s tourist Mitch Drummond leads the Crusaders against the Force at NIB on Friday night.
Review our 2017 game against the Roo Dogs here.
Your correspondent raises a glass to the skies on Saturday for his great mate and Neddies legend Hulk, who was in NZ when his dad Tom passed this week after a long illness. Like Hulk, Tom was a ripper bloke. RIP Tom.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go the Rangas. GO NEDDIES!!!