Freddie Krueger wasn’t there to watch, but Saturday’s game against Soaks was like a remake of his cult horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street. It was called Nightmare on Allen Park.
For Third Half supporters, the rugby was on a par with the weather – which had already turned the No 2 field at Neddies into a lake (resident ducks included) for a junior carnival held earlier in the day.
Apart from the absence of captain Mike Egan, things looked to be in reasonable enough shape for the premier grade team who took to the field after another win by the unbeaten thirds, losses in reserves and fourths and a big win by the women’s team over the girls from Perth Irish/Curtin.
And the game started well enough for the visitors with Neddies applying the early pressure. But a yellow card which reduced Neddies to 14 players marked a shift in momentum, and at half time Soaks were ahead 6-0. Then things turned uglier than Freddie Kruger. By full time, Soaks had crossed for four unanswered tries for a 30-0 victory. Like the axing of the Western Force, few could actually believe what had happened – let alone why.
The loss saw Neddies surrender the RugbyWA Cup back to Soaks. And it could also cost Neddies the minor premiership, making Saturday’s game against Wests crucial to avoid a 2 v 3 finals fixture the following week.
If there was some good news, it came earlier in the afternoon when former Neddies colt Matt Caporn played his 200th game for the club. Legendary stuff. And high praise too for the likes of Terry “Max” Smith, still playing reserve grade after all these years as a great Neddies servant.
So the stakes are high on Saturday as the Neddies players seek to bounce back against the fast-finishing Wests at The Foreshore.
It’s the last home game for the season. And the weather forecast is for sunny skies.
So get down to cheer on the boys.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!!
Join the Western Force in launching our Rugby Legends Breakfast Series. This series will showcase the World’s best Rugby players and coaches in an intimate breakfast setting.
The first event will be held on the 17th of August alongside T14 Events and Promotions and will include;
Robbie Deans, former Wallabies coach, All Black and current coach of leading Japanese team the Panasonic Wild Knights.
Scott Fava, former Wallabies and Super Rugby player which included time at the Western Force in 2006.
Jaque Fourie, previously a South African Springbok and Lions player, Jaque now currently takes on the role of the Western Force defensive coach within World Series Rugby.
Nick “the Honey Badger” Cummins, previous player for the Western Force alumni and Australian Wallaby and currently the star of Network Ten, The Bachelor Australia.
From $110 per person.
To further info and to book, please visit Eventopia:
Congratulations to Jermaine Ainsley who will be starting for the Wallabies tonight against former Neddies team mates Anaru Rangi and Tevin Ferris.