Did you hear the one about the dog, the dogga, the rat, the snake and the dingo?Well they all played a part in Saturday’s 47-19 win over Wests at Rosalie Park on Saturday, a victory which ensured Neddies would make the finals for a 30th consecutive season while snuffing out any chance the home team had of making the four.Neddies’ quest for victory was almost derailed before the kick-off when a stray dog made its way into the player tunnel and almost sent a couple of Neddies players arse over elbow. Powerhouse prop Travis “The Pope” Church made sure it wasn’t a dog of a day for Neddies went he rumbled over for the first try of the day, with skipper Luke “Dogga” Doherty following suit soon after to build a handy 14-0 lead. While Wests pinched one back to narrow the lead to 14-7, winger “Twin Overhead” Cam Crowley restored the 14-point buffer when he took a slick cut out pass from Sam “Rara” Rarasea to score in the corner. However, with seconds on the clock before half-time, Neddies committed the cardinal sin of failing to find touch with a penalty kick. Wests punished Neddies for the error, scoring try under the posts which enabled the home team to go to the break with a sniff at 14-21.Given Neddies’ recent penchant for dropping off their intensity in the second half, that seven-point lead hardly looked bullet-proof. However, The Pope was back in the thick of it with his second try of the day, followed soon after by fellow prop Kane “Dingo” Greer. All of which begged the question – where was the hungry rat, aka Mrs Macs, the scorer of no less than seven tries in his previous three outings for Neddies? Well, this time the hungry rat (Richie Naylor) was actually feeding the backs. Racing towards the try line with just one Wests defender in his path, the Rat was 5/2 odds on to maintain his course and put down the roo bars. But alas, he instead lobbed a deft chip kick in to the outstretched clutches of fullback Jake “the snake” Stevens to score under the sticks. Matt “Boots” Venter chimed in with the last try of the day for a final bonus-point score-line of 47-19. Saturday looms as another big day at The Foreshore, with Cottesloe providing the action on the field and the fillies off the field in Ladies Day.
The under 20s had a comfortable win 25-0. It was like the other team weren’t even on the paddock.
The last game for Wests-Subiaco 3rd grade at Rosalie Park didnt go into history as a fairytale ending, the nightmare on Thomas St started from the kickoff with the Nedlands workhorse forwards securing and controlling the ball from the kickoff.
The ball control and support play was outstanding and it was justifiable that 6 mins in we scored a converted try from some deft passing and support running. The tries game quite regularly from that point on at about one every 4 mins in fact, just enough time for the forwards to secure the ball the backs to run some moves off the ensuing ball on a platter and convert pressure into points once the defence was in tatters.
Half time 5 tries, 3 conversions and the rhythm of the games was in our favour at 31 – 0.
However the second half was another story, Wests were more competitive and the Referee more stringent with the rules and more strident with his whistle! We did cross early in the 2nd half for our 6th try but for the next 20 minutes struggled to get our hands on the ball to get our patterns happening. Our rhythm was out of whack and once you’ve lost the rhythm its hard to get the party started, fresh legs in the form of Mark “Macca” McGreggor, with a name like that he has to be a god fearing Dunedin Protestant, got us over the line from some very good build up work. Young Jamie Hawgood from the U20’s got onto the paddock for some of the fun and games and was seen relishing the scrum enagements with the Wests boys. He said he was trying to soften them up for Paul Baker, because Paul would need all the help he could get.
The final say for the day went to Alvin “Stardust” Lau who crossed in the dying minutes in a deserved man of the match performance.
Final score 52-0, 8 tries, 5 conversions, 0 penalties, 0 drop goals, No fisticuffs, No yellow cards just a good win.
This week the cavalier circus was with the rest of the club down at wests.
We welcomed back our full back Matty ‘Micheal Jackson’ Tamiti from a rib injury and in true kiwi inginuity made some padding for his ribs out of an old jandel. With wests always proving to be stern opposition, it was always going to be a tough 80 mins.But we toughed it out running in tries to simmy, bundy, dwayne ‘wiri peepu’ Wee, deano and marv for a 29 – 17 bonus point win. With the minor premiership on the line this saturday against cott, the boys will be fizzing and with it also being ladies day the boys will be out to impress. So untill next week remember to have a nice glass of red and make love to your wife.