Round 9 at Forrestfield on Saturday didn’t start well – a refrigeration malfunction in the Kalamunda clubrooms meant the beer was warm.
This did not sit well with parched-as supporters like Garry Ash, who was about to decamp to the Forrestfield Tavern when help finally arrived in form of 20 or so bags of ice.
It was the first return to Forrestfield since Neddies’ disappointing semi-final exit in 2018. And with fierce competition for spots in the top six, it was something of a must-win game for the visitors after last week’s loss to Cottesloe.
There were plenty of tries scored in the earlier games, with Neddies triumphing 76-19 in thirds. But it was a bad day at the races for the injury-depleted reserves, who capitulated 62-12 to the Bulls. It was not pretty to watch. Coach Will Brock was less than impressed.
There was a more determined look about the premier grade team as they the players took to the field, including new front-rower Tuki Raimona. And it didn’t take long for Neddies to flick the switch with fast open rugby.
Centre Ammon Matuauto was the first to score, followed by his centre partner Jackson Neilson, Maia King, Grayson Knapp and debutant Tuks.
That delivered Neddies a half time lead of 31-15 – which, while looking good on the score board, was no guarantee of a slam dunk against the bulls at home. But with Ammon and Maia each bagging their second meat pies for the game in the second half, it was enough to deliver Neddies a comfortable 43-20 win. It was a great team effort by Neddies, with stand-out individual performances from the likes of Jackson, Tuks and Joe “The Nut” Ritchie, who has discovered the elixir of youth and is drinking it by the flagon.
Hats off too to all the premier grade boys who made the effort to help coach the juniors last Thursday.
The win over the Bulls means Neddies head into this Saturday’s Round 10 home game against Baysie in second position – but with no room for a banana-skin game.
The action starts early down at The Foreshore on Saturday with Neddies hosting a junior carnival in the morning. So get down and support the next generation of Neddies super stars.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!
Don’t forget about Bingo Bongo coming up.