Round 6 saw Neddies host Palmyra in a top-four clash played in some of the windiest conditions at The Foreshore since Hulk last suffered from gastro.
And the number 10 had some special significance for Neddies. Not just because it as the number worn by elusive backline star Jesse Toto before heading off to Bali, but it was the number of graduates from the Neddies Colts who took the field for the premier grade team. In fact, cult figure Joe “Peanut” Richie was the only forward in the starting Neddies pack not to have come through the Colts. What’s more, when one former Colt (Tui Williams) came off injured, there was another former Colt (Drake Robson) running out to replace him. So to all those rugby pundits out there getting in a lather with their theories in how Neddies has made the premier grade finals for 33 years on the trot, some food for thought there.
And speaking of colts, there was another Colt from Neddies over in Tokyo watching Anaru Rangi put the roo-bars into a few Sunwolves. But after travelling all that way from The Foreshore to support the Force, it remains a mystery why Pete “Colt” Cowley (pictured) was picked up by the Fox Sports cameras wearing a Sunwolves jumper. And Colt, next time at least look a bit excited when the camera focuses on you.
Back to the windy Foreshore, where the number 10 had even more significance for winger Brody Lam, whose try to open the scoring was his 10th from only six games. Which had the Third Half supporters pondering between rattling teeth, were we seeing a challenger to the record 28-try premier grade season haul achieved by the legendary Block Manu in 1989 and matched by Greg “China” Hamilton in 1993?
Playing with the wind in the first half, Neddies ran up a 27-0 lead with Sam Offer, Drake and Jesse also scoring five-pointers.
Paly utilised the wind in the second half to snatch back two tries to narrow the gap to 27-14. But it was Richie “Rat” Naylor who sniffed out the last try of the day to deliver Neddies a bonus-point 32-14 win and maintain their unbeaten position at the top of the log.
In case you missed the game, you can watch it here on YouTube
Round 7 sees Neddies hit the road to Kingsway take on the Roo Dogs.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!