Round 6 Review: The Bus, The Royal Wedding, the Bull Terrier and the Twin Towers. The Bus is back. Tickets please. More on that later.
Saturday saw Neddies take the freeway north to play Joondalup. The premier grade team took to the field in scorching heat after a win in thirds, losses in reserves and fourths and a bye round for the women’s team.
With the blazing sun at their backs, it was the home team setting the early pace, scoring the first try before bull terrier-like winger Christoff Cronje – yet another from the Colts production line – levelled the scores up at 5-5. By halftime, things were looking a bit on the grim side as Joondalup went to the sheds 18-8 in front.
But as has been the case for most of the season, Neddies did their best work in the second spell. Tries to second-rower Drake Robson and a pair to hooker Logan Ede put Neddies ahead 23-18. But that still left Joondalup within striking distance, particularly given the artist formerly known as the Ice Man, Louis Saunders-Loder, was having about as much luck with his goal kicking as Bernard Foley at the end of the epic Waratahs-Crusaders game being played inside on the big screen. It was about this time that crowd favourite Ryan “The Bus” McLeod started warming up his chassis for a long-awaited return to the Royal Blues.
With time ticking down, it was No 8 Jake “The Muss” McKellar who put the game beyond doubt with a slashing try under the posts for a final scoreline of 30-18.
While there were contributions across the park for Neddies, there were a couple of stand-outs in the second row in skipper Mike Egan (without doubt one of the State’s best lineout jumpers) and Drake Robson. Notably, these Twin Towers are both second-generation Neddies players. Mike’s dad Brendan was a loyal Neddies player and committee member for many moons, while Drake is the son of 300+ game Neddies legend Stu “Animal” Robson.
The win kept Neddies unbeaten record intact heading into a Round 7 encounter back at the Foreshore on Saturday against a resurgent Kalamunda. The timing has apparently created a dilemma for several Third Half supporters including Kevin Ball, TJ Bradbury, Whale, Magnum, Richard Vaughan and Rocket Jones because it clashes with the live coverage of the Royal wedding.
Rumour has it Saturday could see the long-awaited return of former Western Force player Aamon Matuauto. But that could just be fake news.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go The Bus. Go Prince Harry & Meghan. GO NEDDIES!!