In the previous week’s win over Joondalup, the try scorers were debutants Danny Hartwell and Dylan Van Dieman, colt Liam Van Der Westhuizen and dynamic loose forward Shane Hemi (Waiuku’s finest since ET).
In glorious conditions at The Foreshore on Saturday, the try-scorers were – you guessed it – Messrs Hartwell, Van Dieman, Van Der Westhuizen and Hemi (2). As the Hulkster noted afterwards to his dad Tom (a supporter of the Tasman Chiefs), the odds on that would be like Robber’s Dog winning the last at Pinjarra in the wet.
After good wins in thirds, seconds and colts, Neddies were chasing a bonus point win in premier grade to narrow the gap on table toppers Wests. That looked a bit of a challenge at half time as Neddies went to the break 13-9 up with goal kicking halfback Ian Prior off injured.
Enter young Herschelle Classen, backing up from a game in colts, who exuded confidence behind the Neddies pack. Herschelle showcased his skills by converting four of his team’s second half tries as Neddies ran out 41-21 victors.
Another feature of the game was the return from injury of backline ace Davis Tavita, while Mike “Roo” Ruru is not far off a return.
The win was also special in that it was played on what would have been the 33rd birthday of the late Mike Denton. Ironically, that’s the same number of years Neddies will have made the finals of the premier grade competition if Dogga’s boys continue their form in the second round.
The second round (which for some reason does not follow the same sequence of the first round) starts on Saturday when Neddies head north to take on the Roo Dogs at Kingsway.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!!!