Round 17 Review

Round 17 Review

Neddies supporters who showed up for the Third Half lunch saw something very unusual down at The Foreshore on Saturday. Mud. And plenty of it. It was more Ngaruawahia than Neddies.
And it was that mud that had a big influence on how the penultimate game of the season was played against the visiting Joondalup.
The premier grade team took to the mud after mixed results, with the thirds, fourths and Colts (in a thriller) winning, the reserves going down and the women’s team edged out by Palmyra.
Things seemed to be going to script in the first half, with tries to TeRangi Fraser, Ryan “The Bus” McLeod and his centre partner James Verity-Amm (his fifth in two weeks) giving Neddies a 17-14 buffer, despite playing into a reasonable breeze.
However, it was Joondalup who hit back early in the second spell with two penalty goals to take a 20-17 lead. An intercept try to Neihana Christian put the home team back in front 24-20 with time running out. With Neddies reduced to 14 men courtesy of a yellow card, Joondalup threw everything at the home team and were rewarded with a try which earned them a 27-24 victory – their first win over Neddies since entering premier grade.
The loss left Neddies in third spot on the ladder, a position they will be looking to defend in the last game of the competition against Wanneroo at The Foreshore on Saturday. If that turns out to be the case, Neddies will face Wests in the first week of what will be the club’s 35th consecutive appearance in the premier grade finals.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!