It was the Colts who stole the show when rugby returned to the Foreshore in glorious conditions on Saturday, even though Neddies was unfortunately unable to field a team in that grade this season.
After a bye in the first round, a quick head count of the premier grade team which took the field against Paly on Saturday (after a win in thirds and a Peanut-inspired win in seconds) revealed no few than 10 starting players who had come through the Colts. How’s that for a stat.
And there was a couple in particular who caught the eye. In his debut game, rangy No 8 Jake McKellar (who is still eligible to play Colts) looked right at home in premier grade. You might hear a lot more of that name. The Hulkster reckoned young Jake reminded him of a bloke back in Morrinsville called Duane Monkley.
And out in the centres there was the welcome return of Louis Saunders-Loder, who showed he had lost none of his skills or pace after a season or so off.
Another notable former Colt was prop Tommy Sheminant, who has returned to Perth from the Shute Shield after being elected in the Force squad.
Back to the game, and it didn’t take Neddies long to kick into gear, with the home team scoring four tries in the first spell for a half-time lead of 24-6.
The second half marked the return to the Foreshore of prop Travis Church, back in the Neddies kit after a four year break. And there was a front-row debut for another of the Colts, Calvin Swick.
Two more second half tries saw Neddies in command at 34-13 with minutes left on the clock before Paly closed out the game with a converted try for a final bonus-point scoreline of 34-20.
Saturday sees Neddies hit the road to play Wests at Bennett Park.
You know the drill. Be there. Be loud. Proud. GO NEDDIES!