Round 9 Match Report

Round 9 Match Report

The highlight for Neddies fans last weekend was probably the masterful performance of Mike “Roo” Ruru behind the Force pack which upset the Reds over in Queensland. There was also a bit of club rugby, with Neddies heading north up the freeway again to take on the Roo Dogs at Kingsway. The game was a reminder of one of the fundamental reasons behind the winning culture at Neddies which has positioned the club for its 35th consecutive appearance in the premier grades finals.
And that is the number of colts playing up in the senior grades. Saturday’s premier grade squad included at least eight former or current colts in Mike Egan, Grayson Knapp, Jake Wilson, Kauri Cudd, Tevin Ferris, Alasdair Henderson, Christoff Cronje and Callum Thomas, while fellow former colts Krysten Lawrence, Sam Offer and Drake Robson were recovering from injuries. Another former colt, Jermaine Ainsley, sent a note to excuse his absence. He was over in Brisbane with Roo playing for the Force. Add into the mix the conga line of former colts playing in reserve grade on Saturday including Tui Williams, Jamie Hawgood, Matt “Boots” Venter, Tino Ruwhiu, Pete Fitzgerald, Liam van der Westhuizen, Drey van der Westhuizen and Keith Henderson and you start to see the pattern.
Anyway, with club luminaries of the calibre of ET and Mixer on the sideline, Neddies took to the field in premier grade after wins in reserves, thirds and colts, a loss in women’s and a bye in fourth grade.
It was Neihana “Nase” Christian who crossed the chalk first for Neddies, with further five-pointers to Mike Egan and Kenneth Macaulay – Horowhenua’s finest export since Carlos Spencer – giving the visitors a 22-0 buffer at the break, despite having two players binned following a scuffle.
The flood gates opened in the second half with TeRangi Fraser and Alasdair Henderson both bagging pairs, Nase grabbing his second and young winger Christoff Cronje scoring his first try in the big league. That meant a final scoreline of 60-0.
No club rugby this long weekend, though there will be action at The Foreshore from 10am on Saturday when the Neddies under-13s and under-14s play visiting teams from the Anglo Chinese school. Keep an eye out for Branden “Glen Lazarus” Kahui, Noah “Hard Core” Shaw and Huk “the Mack Truck” Berryman-Wihongi. Roo and Jermaine should be in action again for the Force against the Canes at nib on Saturday night.
The second round of the competition resumes on Saturday week (June 10), when Neddies head to Bennett Park for a critical 2v3 match against Wests.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!