Neddies will again be well represented in the Grand Finals this weekend after the Colts, Thirds and Premier Grade teams all chalked up good scores in their respective semi-finals on Sunday.
At Success, the Colts trounced Associates 37-17 to set up a Division Two Grand Final against Rockingham on Saturday. And in cracker conditions over at The Foreshore, the Thirds made it two from two with a comprehensive 31-12 victory over Cottesloe.
That set the scene for the much-anticipated Premier Grade showdown between Neddies, competing in their 34th consecutive finals series, and cross river rivals Palmyra.
Looking to make amends for their second round loss to Paly, Neddies controlled possession in the first quarter to race to a 13-0 lead courtesy of Brody Lam’s 21st try of the season and three successful shots at goal from Kauri Cudd.
A series of penalties let Paly back into the game before blockbusting winger Juan Pretorius scored Neddies second try of the half to give Neddies an 18-9 buffer at the break.
Half time marked a turning point in the game. Neddies lifted the tempo to rattle off no fewer than five tries to Ammon Matuauto, Richie “Rat” Naylor and replacements Mason Pomare and Christian Neihana, with Brody crossing for his second of the day.
The seven tries to nil outcome shaped a final scoreline of 47-9.
The performance was ideally-timed as Neddies build momentum for a rematch of last year’s Grand Final against Minor premiers Wests. And great to see the parents of Shane Hemi and Joe “Peanut” Richie make it across from NZ to support the boys in another finals campaign.
So after 19 games, it’s down to the last weekend of the club season. And this is what the Grand Final action looks like for Neddies fans on Saturday and Sunday (all games at McGillivray Oval).
11am – Colts – Neddies v Rockingham.
3.10pm – Thirds – Neddies v Kalamunda.
3.20pm – Premier Grade – Neddies v Wests
With more sunshine forecast, you wouldn’t miss it for quids.
So get out your Neddies colours, get in the tunnel to clap the boys onto the field and help turn the bank at McGillivray into a sea of Neddies blue!
Be there. Be very loud. Be bloody proud. GO NEDDIES!!!!!