3rd Grade Fly The Flag For Neddies in the Grand Finals

3rd Grade Fly The Flag For Neddies in the Grand Finals

The 3rd grade will represent Neddies in the Grand Finals this weekend when the evergreen Trefor Thomas and his boys take on Palmyra on Saturday at 12 noon at Mandurah’s Oakmont Reserve.
The premier grade went perilously close to a ticket in the big dance, going down 32-29 in the final play of the match against Wests at Bennett Park on Sunday.
It was a gutsy effort from Neddies, who fought back from a 17-5 deficit at halftime to lead Wests 29-22 late in the match. This was despite Neddies out-scoring Wests five tries to four, with Dylan Loversidge, Logan Ede, Kauri Cudd, Neihana Christian and inspiration leader Tevin Ferris all crossing for five-pointers. The boys certainly gave their all in what was an epic game.
The result brought down the curtain on one of the feel good stories for Neddies of season 2017 – the second coming of Damo “The Italian Thor” Pacecca. Damo not only returned to premier grade for the first time in about five seasons, but became a regular in the Neddies front row when called upon to front up. Damo has advised that his days of playing on the number one field at The Foreshore are officially over. We salute you Damo.
For Wests, prop Nick McLennan must be at very short odds to emulate his father “Jack” by winning the PG Hampshire award.
The reserve grade were also well in the fight against Wests on Sunday in their semi-final, but a couple of lapses allowed Wests to progress to the big dance with a 25-18 win. Likewise, the fourths put up a brave effort on Saturday at The Foreshore before going down 12-3 to the Roo Dogs. The thirds earned their ticket to yet another Grand Final with a hard-fought 15-8 win over Kalamunda.
While this weekend will mark the end of senior rugby, the junior finals are about to begin, with several Neddies teams likely to feature over the next few weeks.
So get down to Mandurah on Saturday to cheer the third grade home before settling in to watch the Bledisloe Cup (since renamed the Schapelle Corby Cup, because she’s been away longer…).
Be there (Oakmont Reserve). Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!