Round 8 saw Neddies back at The Foreshore against Cottesloe, old rivals with a new look, so to speak. And there was a fair bit going on. Including that enduring Neddies tradition of Ladies Day.
Apart from Dancing Queen at full noise, there were three ominous signs for Neddies when the premier grade took to the field, resplendent in their new Ladies Day jumpers.
The first was that someone forgot to make one of the special new jumpers big enough for Damo Pacecca, who thus became the inaugural inductee into the Neddies Hall of Wardrobe Infamy (NHWI) as the only premier grade player in living memory to take the field in different kit than his Neddies team mates.
The second ominous sign was another break with tradition – Neddies were running towards the river in the first half and thus away from The Third Half corner in the all-important second stanza. This is not supposed to happen.
The third ominous sign was one that your correspondent has diplomatically opted not to put in print. Let’s just say it wouldn’t have escaped big Doug Loder watching the live stream of the game as he threw another pine cone on the fire in the lounge room of his home in the rural South Island township of Riwaka…
There were mixed results in the earlier games, with Neddies walloping the Gulls 54-12 in thirds but going down 36-12 in fourths and 30-15 in reserves.
In line with the aforementioned omens, the game did not start well for Neddies. Capitalising on the first of two yellow Neddies cards, Cottesloe skipped out to a 14-0 lead. However, some great attacking flair saw centre Ammon Matuauto score under the posts to put Neddies back in the game 14-7 at the break.
The second half was an arm wrestle and quite literally a try-for-try affair. Cottesloe scored, then Neddies, then Cottesloe, then Neddies. But any chance of Neddies coming back from that 28-19 deficit were effectively snuffed out with the second yellow card. And that was all she wrote.
Good to see former Neddies lock Sam Offer back at The Foreshore on a short break from the UK, where he is plying his trade these days.
While Neddies awaits the return of several key players from injury, expect to see the first appearance in Neddies colours in Round 9 against Kalamunda on Saturday of the bloke they call Tuks. This bloke goes all right.
Saturday will mark the first return to Forrestfield since Neddies went down to the Bulls in the semi-finals last season. You wouldn’t want to miss it.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go the Neddies Hall of Wardrobe Infamy. GO NEDDIES!!!