The Premier Grade booked a spot in the Grand Final with a 41-23 win over Cottesloe in brilliant conditions at The Foreshore on Saturday, while the Reserves turned the tables on Palmyra with a 28-21 semi-final victory at Bennett Park on Sunday to earn their ticket to Sunday’s Grand Final. Unfortunately the thirds and fourths bowed out after close losses to Rocky and Cott.
The Colts also avenged their Round 18 loss to Paly with a runaway 36-7 win to made it two Grand Finals in a row. The results underline the success of the club’s Colts development program under coaches Phil Oddie and Luke Powell, especially when you consider Colts stars Kauri Cudd and Tevin Ferris are both playing premier grade.
In Saturday’s main game, Dogga’s boys showed great character to come back from a 16-5 half-time deficit to stun the Gulls with six second half tries to add to Ben Titoko’s first half effort. That included a pair to fullback Dylan Loversidge, who is hitting a rich vein of form at the right time. As coaches Dogga and Tommy Fearn reiterated at halftime, it was all about having faith in the structures and systems.
The big crowd of vocal supporters in The Third Half corner included Peanut’s dad Walnut and Louis Saunders-Loder’ parents Doug and Jane, who had all flown in from NZ for the finals. Louis was apparently a bit remiss in not telling his folks he had broken his leg during the season.
So Super Sunday at McGillivray is shaping up like this as Neddies chases a record 18th Premier Grade flag, 17th Reserve Grade premiership and 8th Colts flag.
12 noon: Colts – Neddies v Joondalup.
1.30pm: Reserve Grade – Neddies v Soaks.
3.20pm: Premier Grade – Neddies v Wests.
So make sure you are there to show your colours to support the boys and clap them on the field.
Be there, Be proud. Be VERY loud.
GO NEDDIES …..!!!!!