Harvey Field is a long way from Invercargill, but sometimes the weather is the same. Saturday was one of those days.
There was a lot on the line as Neddies took on Cottesloe in a top-of-the-table clash. There wasn’t a lot to cheer about in the earlier games, with the Gulls prevailing in fourths (29-14), thirds (12-7) and reserves (24-12). The good thing was that not many players died from hypothermia.
The premier grade fell into a familiar pattern as recent weeks, with Neddies again gifting the opposition a try in the opening minutes. But playing into the wind, Neddies hit back with a penalty try to tie things up at 7-7 at the break.
Converting pressure and territory into points was proving elusive for Neddies, and unfortunately that continued in the second spell.
The Gulls were first to score after the break, but when Dylan “Sudsy” Loversidge threw his best Kieron Fonotia dummy of the season to slice through untouched, things were tied up again at 14-14. Neddies had a chance to wrap up the game when winger Al Momoisea crossed for Neddies third try to give the visitors a 19-14 edge. But instead, a last-minute try to the home team capped off an afternoon of lost opportunities for Neddies as the match ended in a 19-19 draw. Like Moondyne Joe at Fremantle Prison, this was the one that got away.
There were a couple of Neddies Colts graduates who deserved a mention, with halfback Mike Botes answering the SOS from the lower grades and Christof Cronje doing his best wrecking ball impersonations on the wing.
The result threw open the race for top spot, with two games left to determine the pecking order for the finals.
So it pretty much all goes on the line on Saturday when Neddies head to Bennett Park to take on Wests. You wouldn’t want to miss that.
Finally, a reminder to get your tickets to the highlight of Perth’s social calendar – the QBE Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch being held at the Crown Ballroom on Friday August 9 ahead of the historic Bledisloe Cup Test at Optus Stadium the next day. Details are on the Neddies website.
Be there (at both Bennett Park and the Test lunch). Be loud. Bed proud. Go Moondyne Joe. GO NEDDIES!!
Make sure to redeem your tickets to the Western Force v Malaysia Valke on 9 August 2019 at HPF Park. Use the code NEDDIES to redeem your tickets and contribute to Nedlands Community Prize.
Our Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch is just around the corner, so if you haven’t got your tickets, get them now!!
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