In the end, the minor premiership for the 2013 premier grade competition came down to a sideline conversion attempt in the last minute of a match between old rivals Neddies and Cottesloe which lived up to its top of the table billing.
Unfortunately the Ladies Day festivities to the left of the goal posts seemed to distract prop Mark “Rocket” Davies, because that’s where his kick headed. The result was a 23-21 win to the visitors which delivered Cottesloe the minor premiership spoils.
Fifteen minutes into the match, such a close outcome seemed about as likely as a first-grade recall for Marty Kavanagh as Cottesloe rattled off three early tries to snatch a 15-0 lead.
However, when Rocket nudged over his first penalty goal to register Neddies first points, the momentum suddenly turned in favour of the home team.
Rocket landed his second penalty goal soon after halftime to reduce the margin to 15-6 before the searing pace of winger Jake Wilson blew the game open. Jake made one of his trademark runs down the sideline and found support in fullback Jake Stevens, who romped over for the try.
The conversion made it 15-13. Soon after, Rocket piloted his third penalty goal through the uprights to give Neddies the lead for the first time in the match.
However, it was short-lived as Cottesloe scored another try to edge 20-16 in front. When the visitors added to their tally with a penalty goal, the equation became tougher for Neddies. Down 23-16, the home team needed a converted try to level the scores and take out the minor premiership.
As the minutes ticked away, Neddies cut through the Cottesloe defence to set up winger Izzy Lata for a try in the corner. And while the sideline conversion was a bridge too far for Rocket, coach Tony Ball was certainly not a dejected figure after the final whistle.
So on to the business end of the season as Neddies head into their 31st finals campaign in a row with a rematch against the Gulls at 3.30pm at Perth-Bayswater’s ground, Pat O’Hara Reserve. (The Bledisloe Cup will follow at 6pm).
The winner of this major semi-final will go straight through to the Grand Final, while the loser must play the winner of Sunday’s 3 v 4 play-off between Wests and Paly.
So get down to Pat O’Hara on Saturday to show your colours and support the boys. GO NEDDIES!!!
Lost to the top of the table Cottesloe team, which means their season has now come to an end.
Congratulations on retaining the minor premiership for another year, with daylight second! Be there to cheer them on at 12.20 this Saturday down at Pat O’Hara Reserve in Bayswater!
Drew 22 all with Cott. They will be playing a sudden death final against Cottesloe ( Sunday). Game kicks off at 2pm, Success sports complex.
Beat Cott 31-5. Finished 3rd on the ladder and will be playing a sudden death final against Palmyra down at Success sports complex. Game kicks off at 3.30pm (Sunday)