Round 16 of the competition saw Neddies head to McGillivray Oval to take on University on an afternoon in which the weather was on a par with the outcome of the match.
Coming off a string of close last-gasp victories, holding out Uni was always going to be a tall order for a Neddies team missing at least half a dozen front-line players through injury and suspension.
While Uni were the first on the board with a converted try, Neddies hit back with two tries to Callum Sauer and Mark “Rocket” Davies to go to the break with a 14-7 lead. That scoreline included two conversions from prop Rocket, assuming the goal kicking duties in the absence of injured star and Pharrell Williams (Daft Punk) look-alike Fred Tuua.
Things were looking sweet for Neddies about 15 minutes into the second half after Rocket had chipped over another penalty goal with his Josh Kennedy-like stutter step and winger Izzy had crossed for Neddies third try to give the visitors what appeared on paper to be a comfortable 22-14 win.
But that’s unfortunately where the scoring ended for Neddies, as injuries and an avalanche of penalties saw the team fade badly in the last quarter. Uni capitalised to run up three tries for a final scoreline of 39-22.
The loss, Neddies second of the season, leaves Neddies tied with Cottesloe on 65 points at the top of the table with two rounds to play. Neddies will play both of those last two games at The Foreshore, against Perth-Bayswater on Saturday and Cottesloe in a top-of-the-table clash the following week.
A game played in patches saw the reserve grade lose 24-21. Some brilliant tries down to the wing were not enough to secure the win. A last minute dash for the line was unsuccessful and leaves the team in desperate need of victories in the final 2 rounds to secure a finals spot.
Not a great result for the 20s, going down by 100pts
Comfortable winners by 30 odd points
A very narrow loss, with the star-studded Uni team kicking a drop goal close to full time.