Round three of the competition saw Neddies preserve its unbeaten start to the season against Wanneroo in blustery conditions at The Foreshore.
Neddies took the field with a new-look forward pack courtesy of some injuries and other assorted excuses including Rat’s German excursion.
That meant premier grade caps for two more of the club’s former colts in second-rower Mike Egan and prop Jamie Hawgood, whose debut brought a proud smile to the dial of his old man, former premier grade forward (and now Third Half stalwart) Muzz “The Hitman” Hawgood.
There was also another premier grade brotherly pairing to join the likes of the Thomases, Forster-Joneses, Sauers, Lowsons and Hamiltons in the Neddies record annuls as Fred Titoko took his place in the Neddies backline with brother Ben “No stop for smoko” Titoko.
Despite all the new combinations, Neddies secured the bonus point by halftime after Mason Pomare, Fred Tuua, Ryan “For crying out” McLeod and man of the match Jake Wilson crossed for tries to give the home team a commanding 26-0 lead.
All the action was in the Third Half corner in the second spell as Neddies ran in another six tries to wrap up a 62-5 victory against the Roo Dogs. This included a hat trick to skipper Pomare (who lost 3kg during the off season by getting a haircut) and two each to Tuua and former England under-18 representative Wilson, who were both as sharp as Dave Allport’s wit.
A feature of the game was the slick hands in a backline which was again well served by halfback Mike “The Guru” Ruru.
Next Saturday sees Neddies create another small slice of history with its first game at the new Doubleview home of Wests-Subiaco. You wouldn’t miss it for quids.
The Reserve Grade started off strong, dominating the territory, but were unable to turn them in to trys. Jayden Scorringe put 9 points on first half to send Nedlands to the break 9 – 0. Neddies dominated territory again in the 2nd half and manage to score trys out wide, with both wingers, Isi Lata and Ben Jordan scoring a try each. Final score was 19 – 5 to the boys in Blue.
Similar to the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas the thirsty Thirds started out as a slow burn then went BOOM. In the first half Wanneroo were competitive with the thirds being a bit too willing at the breakdown and our over enthusiasm meant penalties to Wanneroo which kept them in the game. Some good phases of play led to some great finishes by our back 3 (Nace, Gadget and Edwin) who all got on the scoreboard with Nace only converting two of the them, the badly shanked one that barely made it over the 22 m line we won’t mention to protect the culprit. We went into the break 19-0.
The second half had the team promising to turn up the heat and be more disciplined, witnesses to the explosion out of the blocks were deafened and frightened by what happened and the game turned into a try-fest. Even Big Tref was seen at times looming up in support on the inside of the breaks made by the outside backs.
Trys to Nace, Barney Suter, POD Stardust Lau (2), Juicy Lucy(2), Lakey and Marty McD, had the scoreboard ticking over that quickly El Presidente could not keep up after half time even after taking off his shoes and socks to help his counting. Great to see some of the colts get on the paddock and impress the old heads with their willingness and skills.
Many thanks this week to the new dad Paul Baker for his lineout throwing efforts given the short notice he had to practice.
This was a big game for the 4ths having been beaten by Wannerroo at home in the corresponding game last year. It was always going to be a physical game and the way the boys toughed it out was superb. As so often is the case, the tough stuff started at scrum time and Big Show O Carmichael served it up to them from the first scrum. Being able to dominate their scrum early was important. This task was made easier with the combined return of Barry “mind if I park here?” Kelly and Nicholas “Mara” Dadona to provide the grunt in the second row engine room. Most happy with this were the loosies who had been sharing second row duties up to now. And they made the most of it, with Dave Bailey having a cracker being everywhere and carrying the ball hard to gain Neddies many valuable metres.
The hard work paid off mid-way through the first half when “Mack Truck” Tawhai made another of his telling cuts to tear Wannerroo open, and showing the tanks were full enough to go the distant leaving a few more bodies sprawled all the way to the try line. Haydos aded the extras and we had some points pressure on them. The customary changes were made at half time and it was great to see no drop in effort. Big thanks to the colts who helped us out on the day, they all put in great performances. Special mention to Kevin, who took over from the Big Show O and despite taking up significantly less space on the paddock performed very well against an experienced Wannerroo front row, allowing us to keep up the scrum dominance.
It wasn’t much of a day for free flowing back play and most of the second half we had to defend our line. Fantastic grit and effort by all denied them for long periods and kept our nose in front 7-5. The introduction of Tony Pepperoni to the game saw the refs aggravation level increase with the incessant “are we there yet” call driving him nuts. So much so that he penalised Peppers for a ruck infringement, which we knew wasn’t true, as Peppers has yet to enter his first ruck, preferring the company of those who stay upright with hair? in place. Comments from the sideline were that it looked ilke Neddies were following the defensive patterns and working well together – . magnifique! If you tough it out and keep patient your time will come and so it did in the shape of an absolute cracker, Cam Sinden worked some magic from deep in our half convincing the Wannerroo defenders they didn’t want to tackle him and “sprinting” under the posts for the try that sealed the win. This game was won on tough, gritty defence which increases the pride felt in the whole team. 3-2-1 points went to Cam Sinden, Dave Bailey and Nicholas “Mara” Dadona