A nice early Saturday saw our Nedlands Colts team play better and better as over the last 6 weeks. We meet Rockingham, the only side in our competition whom we had played twice and unfortunately lost both games to this season, albeit a last play effort at the Foreshore seven weeks ago. Rocky had just came off a 60 point semi-final win against Wests and looked ominous for the finals, or at least that’s what many of the Colts were telling their coaches.
From the kick off saw some great tactical pressure applied by fly half and Captain Peter Fitzgerald who pinned Rocky in their half and the forwards then went to town with a dominant set piece and struck an early penalty to Keegan Rowley which Rocky responded to. Nedlands used the territorial advantage to score two tries to Noah Harris and Aaron Hodges granted by the strong set piece work, something the forwards made up for as this was lacking in the semi against Soaks. One conversion was posted by Keegan for a well-deserved 15 – 3 half time lead.
The second half was a looser affair which suited Rocky with a slight advantage with the breeze. Jacob McKellar hit a penalty early in the second half before nice solid work down the left flank by winger, Alasdair “I have a broken leg and the scans to prove it” Henderson, gave Neddies a winning lead 23-3. Rocky finished with a consolation try through tireless Nedlands defence. Neddies finished the stronger and were unlucky not to finish off with some tries of our own. Unfortunately a couple of last gasp passes went missing but 23 – 8 was a nice solid win and a great way to finish what has been a very interesting season. Jacob was rightfully named Man of the Match and had only just returned from injury to put on his best performance of the season. Coaches Lio Falaniko and James Owen were well chuffed with the result and don’t worry James there is a medal for you too!
This year has seen some great perseverance by some old heads such as Peter, Alasdair, Noah, Mitch “The Owner” Briotti and Ben ‘Nude’ Manifold which turned around a lack lustre season into a 6 game winning streak culminating with our most complete game against a really good running rugby team.
Congratulations to the team for a successful year and to our supporters, thanks for being there, we did notice the support guys! Also a massive thanks to our sponsors B1 Homes, Perth Central Dental and Swick Mining.
To all the guys heading up the grades and the ones coming back to Colts next year, see you at boxing.
Daniel Cockburn Manager U20’s