To the Nedlands Faithful Far and Wide, (the Allports in London, those who have retired back to New Zealand, and those of you living the expat life in the Middle East), thank you all for your support during the season. If it was a kind word via Facebook or taking time to watch a match live streamed to your living room or holiday villa in Europe, it all makes a difference knowing there are Nedlands members taking an interest in what is happening at the club this year and why I am very proud to be part of the greater Nedlands family around the world.
Well Ra and the playing group have got through the first 13 games of the season resulting in Premier Grade in 2nd place to Cottesloe, Reserve grade have scraped into 6th, The Thirsty Thirds have locked themselves into second place and Blackie and his sometimes there sometimes not there “FIFO Fourths” are in 10th place.
Due to the vagaries of the new competition structure all three upper grades play the same teams going forward, our fourths get to follow us for four of the 5 second round games but have an away game to Bunbury on the 27 July.
Our last home game will be against Wanneroo on the 3rd August, please pencil in this date as it will be a big day for the faithful for the last game of the season.
Milestones – 100 games 200 games and 100 Premier Grade games
We have 3 players marking significant milestones for the club over the last two weeks, Dave Bailey (Premier Grade) celebrated his 100th game for the club against the Coastal Cavs, Dave is the younger brother of dynamic Premier Grade backrower Dan Bailey. Congratulations David on this major milestone for the club.
Chris Naylor (Third Grade), the backbone of third grade for the last 10 years and a hard man to get to come off the field and let someone else have a go, is playing his 200th game for the club next weekend. Chris has been a major part of 2nd grade and 3rd grade during his ten odd years at the club constantly battling week in week out with his brother Richard Naylor to see who had scored more tries for the week and the season.
Congratulations Chris for achieving this significant milestone and for your great leadership of the last couple of years of the Thirsty Thirds.
In a major milestone our hardworking man from Waiuku, Shane Hemi, plays his 100th Premier Grade game for the club this weekend. This a man who has shed blood for the club and week in week out really does put his body in harms way pilfer the oppositions ball and to ensure the Neddies backs have quality ball to work with. Congratulations Shane on a stellar performance for the club.
Speaking of milestones, those of you lucky enough to be at The Perth Irish Ground in Belmont on Saturday past would have seen the return of the “Queen Mary” of Nedlands Kirk Kawana make a return to the playing field for Nedlands after an astonishing 13 years off the paddock. He is known as the Queen Mary for his wide turning circle and for always leaving opposition defenders in his wake. Not only did he pull on the boots and helpout he contributed with a Meat Pie (Try). Well done Kirk for helping the Fourth grade out on the weekend and we look forward to a few more guest appearances for the lower grades.
U15s Regional Trials Selection
Nedlands Juniors are proud that we have 11 U15 boys who have been selected into the State Regional sides to then pick a State U15 Squad.
This is the highest number ever of Nedlands Boys to be selected for the U15s regional sides and full credit to the Nedlands Coaching Co-ordinater and Nedlands U15s Coach Tom Fearn for prepping these boys for this level of competition.
Well done young men, all the best for your trials.
Bledisloe Cup Lunch and Test Match – 9th and 10th August
Please start paying for your tickets and sorting out your accomodation for this momentous weekend of Rugby in Perth – The Bledisloe Cup!!
There is a week of Festivities mapped out by RugbyWa but the most important date is Friday the 9th August when Nedlands hosts its Annual Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch (check out the post on the web page for booking details).
In what promises to be a cracker of a weekend we start off the “Bledisloe Triathlon Weekend” with Steaks on thursday Night at the club, gather up your mates and come down you never know who of the International Rugby Glitteratti Richard and Lisa Vaughan will bring down to savour some great Nedlands hospitality. You will only know if you come down.
Then Friday the second and longest leg of the “Bledisloe Triathlon Weekend” with the Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch hosted by Mr Fox Rugby Nick McArdle with a very interesting panel of past international players.
If you survive this swim through its then on to the the Third leg of the Bledisloe Triathlon Weekend with the game itself. There will be only the fittest left standing and making any sense when they speak by the time this one is over I can assure you!
We have waited 20 years for this opportunity in Perth, lets make the most of it.
Thursday Night Steak Nights
There has been a big of a drop off in numbers at our Thursday Night Steak nights and apart from it being a bit cold and wet what else is stopping everyone from coming down and supporting the club.
Myself and Chris Lowson implore everyone to come along and watch the boys train and then rub shoulders with them while turning a very nice steak into a Sacrifice of sorts ie “a Burnt Offering” over the BBQ.
This will be followed by one of my entertaining thursday night speeches involving jokes juggling and good humour, these speeches are only pipped by those memorable Murray Darcy Speeches of the 90s where you could hear a voice and a cracking joke but couldnt see who was speaking.
This Weekend (6 June 2019) UWA at The Foreshore
Folks, we play UWA at home this weekend and we need all the support we can get down to cheer our sides on heading into the finals.