Round 3 saw Neddies hit the road again to take on traditional rivals Cottesloe at Harvey Field.
The return of five-eighth Jesse Toto was one of the features of the Neddies team which took the field in sunny conditions after wins in second and thirds, a bit of a touch-up in fourths and the spectacle of club legend Damo Pacecca playing his 200th game for Neddies.
The lead changed several times in the first half, with tries to slick Future Force Foundation centre James Verity-Amm and winger Brodie Lam giving Neddies a 10-9 edge after Cottesloe kept in contention with three penalty goals from their sharp-shooting halfback. One concern going into the break was the absence of both centres – with Verity-Amm carted off with a shoulder injury and the super elusive Ammon Matuauto yellow-carded by referee Graham Cooper.
The Gulls capitalised on their numerical advantage early in the second spell with a converted try to take a 16-10 lead. But that stirred the sleeping giant. Neddies upped the tempo with tries to Ammon, Brody and Mike “Roo” Ruru in what was the team’s best half of rugby so far this season to run out comfortable bonus-point 35-16 winners.
While the loss to injury of Verity-Amm was a blow, Neddies takes some good momentum into Saturday’s home game against a much-improved Baysie team, to be played at the earlier kick-off time of 2.50pm.
It will also be Sponsors Day down at The Foreshore as Neddies acknowledges all the supporters behind our great club.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!