Round 5 Review: The Gallant Goats and the Chandeliers

Round 5 Review: The Gallant Goats and the Chandeliers

It was an afternoon of club records and interesting stats on Saturday as Neddies ventured south to Edinburgh Oval to take on Curtin Uni.
Heading the interesting stat department was prop Michael Weir, the former Wesley College student who joined Neddies as a Colt back in 2004. On the afternoon of his 200th game, big Mike chalked up close to 200 points against the Goats in reserve grade and premier grade. It might have been 200 points on the nose to match his 200th game had Mike slotted a couple of handy conversions which he ended up shanking in both reserves and premier grades. As a kicker, Mike is a bloody good prop.
While the fourths cleaned up Perth-Irish 43-0 off piste, the sunny conditions at Edinburg belied something of a dog day afternoon for the home club.
It started with a 95-0 rout in third grade, which was followed by an 82-7 loss in reserves. And there was worse to come – in the form of a 112-0 loss in premier grade.
The premier grade rout started barely a minute after kick-off when free-wheeling lock Grayson Knapp crossed for the first of his three tries. And it ended with Dylan “Sudsy” Loversidge scoring try number 18 for Neddies just before the final whistle.
The win reset three key Neddies premier grade club records. It was the highest score ever posted by a premier grade team – and included the highest number of tries ever scored in a single game. And winger Maia King’s six meat pies saw him match the individual try-scoring record set 50 years ago by Dave Rosewell against Southern Suburbs in 1969.
Ironically, coach Sam Rarasea had rested a few of his front-line players for the game – and gave plenty of non-regulars game time off the bench. No doubt, Ra would have been pleased how his players held their structure throughout the game, with the basic rugby formula of “catch, draw and pass” resulting in many five-pointers.
Mulling over the afternoon’s proceedings, your correspondent pondered whether such a record-breaking win was reason to swing from the chandeliers – not that there were any chandeliers to swing off in the Curtin club rooms. What would it do for the morale of the Goats – and would it bring into question their elevation to premier grade ranks?
However, the gusto with which the Curtin lads competed in the after-match boat races (at least those who hadn’t already shot through to the stag do of one of their team mates) suggested they were far from the depths of despair. Indeed, the vibe was that the Curtin boys were not disheartened at all and had set themselves a goal to improve and earn their stripes in the big league. And they have apparently told RugbyWA as much. So you have to tip your lid to that sort of rugby spirit.
Saturday poses a much tougher proposition as Neddies head to McGillivray Oval to take on the unbeaten Uni.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go the chandeliers. Go Dave Rosewell. GO NEDDIES!!