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His boots were made for running – very fast. And the return in reserve grade of former Colts winger turned AFL star Matt “Boots” Venter was among the highlights of Round 8, when Neddies ventured north to play Joondalup.
The premier grade took to HBF Arena after wins in reserve grade, thirds, women’s and a dramatic last-minute victory by the colts. And apart from Boots, who scored two tries on the wing, another to catch the eye in reserve grade was new lock Aiden Laxton, who looks to be a player we’ll hear a bit more about.
As has been the pattern in recent weeks, things were pretty tight in the first half of the premier grade game. While Neddies scored two tries to nil to TeRangi Fraser and the livewire Mike Egan, three penalty goals by the home team limited the half time scoreline to 15-9.
However, the second half was a different story. Despite the slippery conditions, Neddies piled on three more tries to Kauri Cudd, Dylan Loversidge and Jake Wilson (a man who shares Boots’ penchant for speed) for a final scoreline of 37-9.
The bonus point win was enough for Neddies to move to second position on the ladder behind pace-setters Palmyra, who delivered Wests their second successive loss across at Tompkins Park.
Saturday marks the end of the first round of home-and-away games, with Neddies heading to Kingsway to take on the Roo Dogs ahead of the long weekend break.
Speaking of breaks, here’s hoping Neddies hooker Anaru “the Bull” Rangi isn’t too broken after being helped from the nib battle field against the Highlanders on Saturday.
Best of luck for a speedy recovery Anaru!
GO NEDDIES!!