Match 14 against Perth-Bayswater was tinged with sadness after the passing during the week of Baysie legend Carlos Hennings, who held the club record for the most premier grade games (129). There was much sadness within the Neddies whanau during the week as well, with the passing of Mike Ruru’s dad in New Zealand. On behalf of Neddies, we pass on our deepest condolences to Roo, Brittney and young Hunter and the Hennings family.
The game also saw Baysie stalwart Jock Stanley achieve 100 premier grade games for the club – while at the other end of the rugby abacus big Sam Offer celebrated his first premier grade start for Neddies. Sam has graduated from the juniors into the colts, captaining Wesley College 1st XV along the way and representing the State at under-17 and under-20 level. Despite his youth, Sam looked right at home in the Neddies engine room and has a big future in the game.
Missing a few regulars, Neddies upped the tempo from the start, earning a bonus point well before halftime after tries to Jesse Toto, Davis Tavita, Danny Hartwell and Dylan Loversidge. With halfback Hershelle Classen nailing four conversions from four, Neddies went to the break 28-7 up.
Neddies added another six tries in the second half, including doubles to Hershelle and Neihana Christian, a second to Davis and one to Kauri Cudd – one of six colts top play in the match.
Amongst the scoring action, there was a unique moment in the second spell when the sons of two All Blacks – Terrell Berryman (son of the late Norm) and Jermaine Ainsley (son of Joe McDonnell) came on as replacements for Neddies at the same time.
The 64-12 scoreline was enough to keep Neddies at the top of the ladder with a three point buffer over Wests, with plenty of jostling for third and fourth spots. The win also saw Neddies successfully defend the RugbyWA Cup on its first road trip from The Foreshore.
Testament to the type of game being played under new coaches Luke “Dogga” Doherty and Tommy Fearn, Neddies is now averaging more than 37 points per game.
The RugbyWA Cup will be back on the line again on Saturday as Neddies head to McGillivray to take on a University team desperate to stay in the hunt for the finals in a bid to defend their premiership.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!