Round 11 Review: The Sunken Boat With No Relevance

Round 11 Review: The Sunken Boat With No Relevance

There was a boat sunk in the Swan River in front of where the players warmed up for Saturday’s Round 11 clash with Southern Lions at The Foreshore on Saturday.
Other than its proximity, the sunken boat had no relevance to the rugby – other than to provide your correspondent a picture to illustrate this week’s column with.
There were some milestones in the earlier games on Saturday, with Matt Chong sue chalking up 100 games for Neddies in the third grade’s 64-0 win. The fourths went down 53-5 to Perth Irish while the seconds came off second best against Southern Lions in the curtain raiser, going down 22-28.
In cracker conditions, Neddies jumped out of the blocks early in premier grade, using the full width of the field to stretch the Southern Lions defence. The points flowed freely as a result and by half time Neddies were up 31-3 courtesy of tries to Teegan Minkley, Ammon Matuauto, Al Momoisea, Grayson Knapp and Maia King – albeit soured by what looked like a couple of bad injuries.
The scoring action continued in the second half, with Neddies running towards The Third Half corner. Grayson and Maia bagged seconds and Nate Roberts and Drake Robson crossed for five-pointers for a final score line of 59-17. The win kept Neddies second on the log with two games left before the top-six split. Good to see Bali restauranteur Warren Mead catching up with a few old team mates on the side line, with 1957 premiership winner George Horsham also in good form.
Saturday looms a crucial game as Neddies head north to Kingsway to take on fourth-placed Wanneroo. It will be a top-of-the-table clash in third grade as the unbeaten Neddies take on the Roo Dogs. Rumour has it that Kalyn Ponga’s dad Andre might be at Kingsway to watch his old club play before Sunday’s second State of Origin clash at Optus Stadium. Bring it on.
You know the drill. Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!