Round four of the Premier grade competition saw Neddies hit the road to play the renamed West-Scarborough at their new Doubleview home turf.
It was a game in which the only thing more threatening than the skies for Neddies was the penalty count.
The home team was first to register points with a penalty goal, but that appeared to spark Neddies into action as prop Mark “Rocket” Davies scored at the other end to give Neddies a 5-3 lead.
While Davis Tavita added a penalty goal for Neddies, two more Wests penalties saw the home team go to the sheds shading Neddies 9-8 at the break.
Davis put Neddies back in front 11-9 with another penalty goal soon after the break before making one of his trademark incisive breaks from five-eighth to set up the unstoppable Ryan “For crying out” McLeod for a try under the sticks.
While the conversion gave Neddies an 18-9 buffer, the avalanche of penalties conceded by Neddies kept Wests in the game. However, despite losing fullback Fred Tuua to a yellow card, Neddies toughed out the final quarter in deteriorating conditions to take the points and make it four from four for season 2013.
Round five sees Neddies take on what has become something of a “banana skin” game in recent seasons – Rockingham away at Lark Hill. Coach Tony Ball will be well aware that anything short of a wholehearted effort against Rocky could mean another upset is on the cards for the purple army.
The Reserve Grade started off well yet again, scoring two unanswered try’s in the first half, including a first senior try to reserve Prop Jamie Hawgood, giving him something more to celebrate on the night of his 21st birthday party. The 2nd half was a tight fought battle as the wind and rain started to settle in. Wests’ attack was relentless and they managed to square up the game late in the second half. Final score was 17-17, with evergreen prop Kevin Pike receiving man of the match honours.
It appears Third Grade are already enjoying bye week and are yet to submit a match report.
They won their encounter against Wests-Scarborough 22-6 and have cemented their spot on top of the ladder.
We turned up again and once again we delivered. Great qualities on show in this team and an even better feeling starting to build. Not quite the same physical intensity as last week, but still a fair battle in the first half. As is often the case we started with quite a new look to parts of the team, but the new boys came to the party and delivered well for us. Big thanks to Simon who filled in well for a namesake at # 10 and did a good job. Given that Aussie Bob had stolen and broken many of our starters this game presented a challenge. We bashed away at the task in the first half with some good work, but perhaps a defense that wasn’t quite up to the standard of last week. Some top team play saw us challenging their line and up strode Nicholas “Mara” Dadona with brute strength driving his way through to the line – first try on the board. We traded play for a while and kept the fingers crossed whenever the whistle went, but not much else gave the scores reason to move. Pretty even game at half time.
The second half started pretty well and credit to the men who came on as replacements, all adding valuable thrust to our game. None more so than the fly in-fly-out-fly through Grant Alison who backed up, toiled and sniffed out a fine hat trick in the second half. We all know that loose forwards are the essence of any team and GA’s efforts in bagging a hatty in one half were superb. There was some good back play in the second half to boot with a couple of long range efforts with multiple passes to ensure Wests were never in it in the championship half. Neddies started to dominate the game so much, that Big Show O decided he didn’t really want the meat pie on offer and chose another contest instead. Pity, as we were all interested in the divot that would have been left on the tryline and the promise of some scintillating post-try celebrations. Maybe next week. Overall, another really character building effort that adds to the scent that suggests this might be a special year. No going past GA for the 3 points this week, with a number of contenders for the minor points, yet to be confirmed.
Quite likely the busiest man at the ground was Pete Malcolm trying to deal with the death stares in his back and to manage getting everyone game time. A tough job, performed admirably by a master. Thanks again Pete.
Banksy and the rest of the Cavaliers headed out to Kalamunda to play Cottesloe (seems logical?). Reports came in they had a tough day at the office against many ex Cottesloe First Grade players, but played well and went down fighting 33-10