Round 11 Review: Tribute to Tom, thundering Grayson denied and 36 on the trot
When the Neddies premier grade team ran out onto The Foreshore on Saturday for their Round 11 match against Wanneroo, one bloke was choking back the tears over in the Waikato. That bloke was Hulk, upon hearing the news the Neddies players had worn black armbands and stood for a minute’s silence to honour has late dad Tom, whose funeral was held yesterday.
Hulk wouldn’t have been disappointed with the manner the boys went about paying their respects. After wins in reserves and thirds, another victory for the Neddies girls over Cottesloe and a bit of a touch-up in fourths, Neddies conceded an early try to the Roo Dogs before rattling off four tries for a comfortable half-time lead of 26-8.
That included a pair to five-eighth Louis Saunders-Loder, who had bought his Crusaders mate Mitch Hunt down to The Foreshore to watch him play after Friday night’s game against the Force. However, while he vehemently denied afterwards in the club rooms, Mitch appeared to miss both of Louis’ tries due to being pre-occupied with his phone. Must have been Razor asking how come he missed the flight home.
Another couple of notable faces in the crowd (not playing with their phones) were former Neddies legends Dan “DB” Bailey and the loose-limbed Josh Koteka, whose son Tane played halfback for the visitors.
The scoring continued in the second half, with Neddies crossing for four more tries for a final scoreline of 48-20. That tally didn’t include a near-miss by Grayson Knapp, who thundered 30 odd metres down the sideline past The Third Half corner only to be cruelly denied a try in a pile of contorted bodies over the line.
The win was enough to keep Neddies in second position on the ladder, well positioned for the club’s 36th consecutive finals appearance. Like the view at The Foreshore, sometimes you have to just stop and pinch yourself at that record. Or if you’re Magnum, pinch someone else.
Visit to Success
Saturday looms as a milestone for Neddies, as the team makes a rare visit to Success to take on the Southern Lions. The Lions were one of the three new teams be promoted to Premier grade this season.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Pinch yourself. GO NEDDIES!!