Nathan Roberts is set to join an elite group of Neddies players on Saturday when the evergreen halfback plays his 150th premier grade game for the club.
Nate becomes just the 9th Neddies player to achieve the 150-game milestone, following in the footsteps of club legends like Dave Brock, TJ Bradbury, George Forster-Jones, John “Mixer” O’Callaghan, Mike “Spotty” Ryburn, Trefor Thomas, Glen “ET” Thompson and Rodney Ball. In doing so, Nate automatically becomes a Neddies Life Member.
Nate started his premier grade career for Neddies in the No 10 jumper back in 2005, when the club’s official history book reported: “The star backline recruit was Nathan Roberts, a diminutive five-eighth who revived memories of another great Nedlands game-breaker Gavin Bermingham.” (For those who weren’t around when Gavin played for Neddies, that is high praise indeed).
Nate’s career highlights included representing Perth Gold (the pre-Western Force State team) and winning the coveted PG Hampshire award in 2007. His outstanding form this season certainly puts him in with a chance of taking out that award again in 2018.
The club salutes you Nate – what a bloody legend and loyal club man.
Nate’s 150th game will be one of the many highlights of what is a Super Saturday of Rugby at The Foreshore on Saturday. The day starts with a junior carnival in the morning showcasing the future of our great club. Look out for the likes of the elusive Vereniki Duarara in the under-15s, the bullocking Branden Kahui in under-14s, the skilful Stirling MacDonald in under-13s, sharp-shooter Jack Rose in the under-12s and the electric Adam Solomons in under-11s.
The action at The Foreshore culminates with the premier grade game against the table-topping Soaks, with the RugbyWA Cup on the line. The action then moves to the big screen as the Wallabies take on Ireland before the Force play Roo’s Rebels at NIB Stadium.
You’d have to be mad to miss that lot.
So be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go Nate. Go Roo. GO NEDDIES!!