Round 7 Review: Dogga, Rocket & The Kereone Centenary

Round 7 Review: Dogga, Rocket & The Kereone Centenary

It was a big day at Neddies for Round 7. It started in the morning with a junior carnival, which included visiting teams from the Centaurs club in Singapore. Reports that security had to be called to get Kevin Ball, Terry Bradbury and Kirk Kawana off the bouncy castle proved to be unfounded.
Then there was the inaugural 2019 Third Half Lunch, where the advertised guest speaker, premier grade coach Sam Rarasea, forgot he was playing third grade when lunch was being served.
This revelry was all missed by the Hulkster, who had shot across to the Waikato and donned the boots for the Kereone club’s 100th centenary celebrations. Apparently Hulk’s picture has pride of place above the fireplace in the Kereone clubrooms sandwiched between brothers Ian and Don Clarke and fellow All Blacks Ponty Reed and John Leeson.
Back at The Foreshore, the premier grade team took to the field against Joondalup after a mixed bag of earlier results, with the reserves triumphing 32-10, the thirds scraping home 11-8 and the fourths going down 27-12.
And it appeared Peanut’s heroics the week before against Uni had inspired a few other Neddies stalwarts to answer the SOS call in response to a growing injury list. The respondents included prop Mark “Rocket” Davies and former Force skipper Luke “Dogga” Doherty (whose comeback was cruelly cut short by a yellow card).
The first half was a bit like Hulk suffering on Sunday morning over in the Waikato – there was plenty of action at both ends. Neddies shaded the visitors 19-15 at the break on the back of tries to Grayson Knapp, Callum Thomas and Maia King.
Neddies looked set for a strong finish in the second half after Kauri Cudd and Nate Roberts crossed for a tries to give the home team a 29-15 buffer. But then the game got bogged down in a blaze of penalties. In the end, Joondalup crossed for the last try for a final score line of 29-20, which was enough to keep Neddies at the top of the ladder ahead of the chasing pack.
Saturday looms as another cracker of a day at The Foreshore as Neddies host old foes Cottesloe. The action starts at 12 noon when the Neddies Under-15s take on Paly.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go Dogga. Go Kereone. GO NEDDIES!!