It was a very sombre start to Saturday’s round 15 match as a Perth-Bayswater second grade player was taken to hospital in an ambulance with a serious injury. Thankfully, from all reports, the player concerned has recovered, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Neddies second grade coach Trent “Yoda” Gainey, whose medical heroics on the day were medal-worthy.Earlier, Neddies coach Tony Ball had addressed the club’s supporters at a Third Half lunch where he was questioned at length about what he had learnt from his father Kevin. Let’s just say the pause was very pregnant.On the field, the hungry rat was back in action eating the meat pies. Having scored no less than 6 tries in his previous two outings, it was irrepressible flanker Richie “Rat” Naylor who opened the scoring again for Neddies with another meat pie. Apparently the artist formerly known as Rat is now changing his name to Mrs Macs by deed poll. So much for feeding the backs.Luke “Dogga” Doherty was in on the action soon after with another five-pointer, and by the time Ben “No stop for smoko” Titoko had scored Neddies’ third, the home team looked to be cruising at 19-3. Surely, mused Third Half stalwart Squire Potts, Mrs Macs could be relied on for a fourth try in the second half to secure the bonus point.But one opposition player causing a few dramas for Neddies was Western Force fullback Alfie “Mafia” Mafi. And it was the Mafia who opened the scoring in the second spell with a converted try which narrowed the gap to 19-10. Things seemed to fall into a bit of a hole after that. Inside centre Ryan “For crying out” McLeod was doing his bit to get to bonus point territory, punching through the Perth midfield in his trademark fashion.But as the frustration grew – and with memories of the last two home games against Soaks and Paly – Neddies decided that preserving the win was more important than securing the bonus point. With the clock (and the temperature) winding down, Dogga elected to take the three points on offer from a penalty in front of the Perth posts. That stretched the lead to 22-10 but it was Perth who took advantage of a Neddies team down to 14 players in the dying minutes to snatch back a try for a final score line of 22-17.As they say in the classics, a win is a win. And importantly, it was a win which kept Neddies at the top of the log with a 6-point buffer over Soaks with three competition games left against Wests (away), Cottesloe (home) and Wanneroo (away).So get down to Wests on Saturday to support the boys as we get down to the business end of another great season.
Reserve grade won 35-5 but unfortunatley the game was called off early due to to a serious injury to an opposition player. By all accounts he is recovering well due to the quick thinking by our Medico girls Steph Wilson and Kelly MacCleod as well the inspirational acts of Reserve grade coach Trent gainey. Well done to this trio who have really potrayed what Nedlands is all about.
Lost to a classy Bayswater outfit
On a warm and cloudless day, the thirsty thirds took the field focussed and fizzing and like Usian Bolt, the Thristy Thirds showed they meant business after all the prestart hoopla and shot out of the starting blocks with a try in the first two minutes.
It took another 8 minutes for the rhythm to kick in and once started, like a good reggae beat, it just kept the party going. Honestly the late return of most of the playing stocks from far and wide made a huge difference to the game today, execution was perfect,
ball retention was spot on as the support arrived almost at the same as the ball carrier was about to hit the deck.
Good support play and hard running at the line made the difference and after a while the tired perth defense just could not keep answering the question being asked by the Thirds frenzied attack. At half time the score was 48-0, and this did not reflect a gallant
effort from Perth Bayswater whose courage and skill got them close to the try line a couple of times but not quite the cigar or a try.
The Second half started with a roar with two quick tries to Alvin ‘Stardust’ Lau, then the front row boys inspired by Damo Pacecca’s try right on half time thought they would chip in on the scoring and got themselves a try each including “The Quiff”.
The tries kept coming and the betting was on as to who out of the four players with a brace of tries each would be the one with the dubious honour of buying the “Three try carton”, when out of nowhere driven on by the thought of hosting the afternoon tea court session
of the Thirsty Nomads, up shot T-Rex showing the rest of the side what it means to leave nothing in the tank, he bolts over for two tries in the dying stages of the game, and does the Usain Bolt three of a kind for the weekend.
Final Score 97-0, 17 tries and 6 conversions, no penalties field goals or penalty tries, no yellow cards, fisticuffs or handbags at 10 paces.
The team spa and court session was memorable for those in attendance, with many thanks to Tref “T-Rex” and his hard working wife Sarah who not only entrusted the Thirsty Nomads to not wreck their beautiful home but also laid on some much needed food at about the right time of the day.
The court session finished with the handing out of the “Thirsty Nomads – Select Representative Squad” training tops. If you weren’t there then see Super Coach Aussie Bob on thursday night.
If you were in the club after 6pm the tops looked great and were a great specatacle unlike our court session Judge as he fell out the clubroom doors about 6:30 and had to be taken home immediately after. Put that one down in the fine book.
We’re back on the winners Podium!
This week the cavaliers were in rottnest, margret river, fishing or injured and the rest were at the foreshore ready to do battle against bayswater. After a stressful morning for the management with a few late withdrawals and a logistical problem with the jerseys it all turned good when the same opposition that played the two previous game strolled out to face us. With a tired opposition and an attack minded cavalier side it was going to be like a pair of pants after someone slips laxatives in your drink “we took them to the cleaners”. With baysie running any ball they got, the game got as messy as a gypsy wedding at times but some nice positional kicking by deano helped keep some structure. On the back of some strong running by diggers and tahi the backs cut loose leaving baysie with more holes to fill than Lloyd Rayney. Skipper Deano got across for 4 tries and the bus grabbed a double, so both are closing in on bundy’s 17 and chooky monster nailed a couple of kicks with our crap match ball (which was stolen from another club cause our first match ball was crappier). With two big games coming up over the next two weeks which we have to win to get the minor premiership a first for the cavs in our short and chequered history, its back to all hands on deck.
The cavs take there hats off to baysie for playing us after two heavy defeats before us, we needed the run and it would of been easy to default so thanks. Final score 60 odd to 5.
With ladies day coming up so is our annual “long drench coat, no undies day” its not often it falls on the same day so this year will be all the more special.
Untill next week cavs stay black stay deadly.