Scott Morrison wasn’t at The Foreshore on Saturday. But if he was, the Prime Minister would have said: “How good is Saturday at Neddies?”
It could hardly have been better.
First there was another great Third Half lunch, in which the club’s rusted-on supporters strapped on the nosebags for some great grazing courtesy of Rocket & Deb Jones, Josh Mylne and Hulk. This included a table of players from the premiership-winning 1999 Neddies team, headed by skipper John “Mixer” O’Callaghan. With the blockbuster Bledisloe Test lunch rapidly approaching, it is worth noting that 1999 was famous for another reason – it was the year a bloke called Worzel earned infamy as the worst comedian to ever appear at a Neddies function. After 20 years of Neddies rugby lunches, poor old Worzel still hasn’t earned a shot at redemption.
Anyway, apart from a good feed, The Third half lunch unearthed one of the club’s great new orators in Hulk, whose interviewing of premier grade coach Sam “Ra” Rarasea and cult hero Aiden “The Horse” Laxton had shades of Basil Zempilas. (With things in the roofing trade a bit slow, Hulk is available to MC quiz nights, bogan bingo and school socials after the rugby season, with a preference for gigs south of the river).
Back on the field, the sun was out as Neddies hosted Soaks. The absence of key players from the 1999 team involved in The Third Half revelry saw an under-manned fourth grade go down 88-0 to Soaks. But they were the only Chinese crackers to go off, with Neddies winning 40-0 in thirds and 31-8 in reserves.
Watched on by Crusader turned Highlander Mitch Hunt, Neddies welcomed a few players back from injury in the premier grade, which is always a good thing at this stage of the season. But as was the case last week against Uni, a try against the run of play saw the home team trailing 7-0 within minutes of the kick-off.
But when star back Kauri Cudd replied with a slashing try, it signalled a permanent change in momentum. By halftime, Neddies were up 17-7. The second half was a try-fest, including a hat trick to elusive winger Al Momoisea and a pair to The Horse.
That made for a final score line of 53-17 which was enough for Neddies to leap-frog Cottesloe to the top of the ladder.
The all-important top spot will be on the line on Saturday when Neddies head to Harvey Field to take on the Gulls. You wouldn’t want to miss that.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go Worzel. GO NEDDIES!!