Saturday saw routines go out the window as Neddies saddled up for the trip to Lark Hill to take on Rockingham at the earlier than usual kick-off time of 2pm.Like the Crusaders v the Force in Perth, playing Rocky at Lark Hill has been a banana skin game for Neddies in recent season. Any complacency and another slip-up could have been on the cards.
It was something of a new-look Neddies side with several players either injured or unavailable including backline stars Cam Crowley, Fred Tuua and Jake Wilson. And the injury curse got worse early in the game when winger Ben “No stop for smoko” Titoko suffered what sadly appears to be a season-ending injury. Our best wishes go out to Ben, who has been a favourite with The Third Half since his arrival last season.
While Neddies shot out to a 10-0 lead within as many minutes, Rocky weren’t about to roll over, whittling the lead to just 20-15 at the break.
So scoring the first try after the break was always going to be critical. And five-eighth Davis Tavita secured that all-important five-pointer for Neddies to give the visitors a handy 27-15 point buffer. Neddies then rattled off another two tries to make it six for the afternoon in a bonus point 37-20 victory, despite coach Tony Ball having his player resources stretched.
The win made it five from five for Neddies in season 2013, with Cottesloe the other team remaining unbeaten. (Apparently the two teams face off in the curtain raiser to the Lions v Force match at Subiaco Oval on Wednesday June 5)
Saturday sees Neddies return to The Foreshore to take on a Kalamunda team with a familiar face.
The Cavaliers were the only other Nedlands team playing on the weekend. They took a trip up to Wanneroo and came away victors, 53-0.