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Round 10 Review: The Belmont races – Horses, Colts & the Trifecta

Round 10 Review: The Belmont races – Horses, Colts & the Trifecta

18/06/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 27001943

There were races out at Belmont Races on Saturday. And there was also an equine tone to Saturday’s Round 10 match between Neddies and Baysie at Morley. We’re talking horses, colts and trifectas.

It was a youthful looking Neddies premier grade team who took to the field in glorious conditions at Pat O’Hara after wins in reserves and thirds. A loss in fourths and a bye for the women’s team.

All up, your correspondent counted 12 Colts or former Colts in the premier grade squad, including eight in the starting line-up. That included a debut for rugged lock Cam Brown, who won praise from coach Tony Ball for his work rate in the dark spaces, as did the ever-improving prop Victor Yong.

It didn’t take long for Neddies to open the scoring, with hooker Logan Ede crashing over for the first try while TJ Perenara still had his tongue sticking out against the French in the haka on the big screen inside the club rooms.

By halftime, Neddies had a decent grip on the game with a 28-5 lead. The points continued to flow in the second spell and by the final whistle Neddies had backed up last week’s solid performance against Soaks with a comfortable 47-15 victory.

That included a trifecta of tries to the man affectionately known as the horse, free-wheeling loose forward Aiden Laxton. This bloke is definitely more thoroughbred than Clydesdale. Sharp-shooter Kauri Cudd, one of the growing breed of Rangas at Neddies, had his radar working, converting six of Neddies’ seven tries. That is why it is called the Belmont Races

The win left Neddies in second spot on the ladder, still within striking distance of Soaks.

Saturday sees a return to The Foreshore against the visiting Roo Dogs after former Neddies Borneo 7s tourist Mitch Drummond leads the Crusaders against the Force at NIB on Friday night.

Review our 2017 game against the Roo Dogs here.

Your correspondent raises a glass to the skies on Saturday for his great mate and Neddies legend Hulk, who was in NZ when his dad Tom passed this week after a long illness. Like Hulk, Tom was a ripper bloke. RIP Tom.

Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go the Rangas. GO NEDDIES!!!

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Round 9 Review: The Man from Nusa Dua, Milli Vanilli and Father’s Day socks

Round 9 Review: The Man from Nusa Dua, Milli Vanilli and Father’s Day socks

12/06/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26941481

It’s a long way from the popular Nusa Dua tourist strip to The Foreshore. Nathan RobertsBut former Neddies prop turned Bali restaurateur Warren Mead picked a good day for a rare visit to his old stomping ground on Saturday as Neddies hosted the unbeaten Soaks in a crucial Round 9 match. For starters, the RugbyWA Cup was on the line. And then there was the milestone of halfback Nate Roberts’ 150th premier grade game for Neddies.

Amid ever-threatening skies, Nate lead his team onto the field after wins in thirds and women’s and losses in reserves and fourths. It must have also been Father’s Day at Neddies because the players all had colourful new socks.

They weren’t lucky socks however because after the first 30 or so minutes of play, Neddies were down 9 points to nil with only 14 players left after star fullback Kauri Cudd copped a yellow card.

This seemed to stir the boys into action. On the stroke of halftime, Neddies hit back with a slashing try to the experienced Ammon Matuauto, back in the midfield after a long stretch on the sideline recovering from injury.

Neddies hit the lead for the first time with a penalty goal early in the second half. But that was short-lived, as Soaks hit back with an unconverted try to edge ahead 14-10. It was about this time the skies darkened as the match started resembling a night game – though with no lights apart from a candle Kevin Ball found in the glove-box of his Ute wedged between two Milli Vanilli cassettes.

With so much on the line, it was a matter of whose defence would crack first. And as Neddies hammered the Soaks line, it was Ammon who found a way over for his second try to give Neddies what turned out to be a thrilling 17-14 win.

After a couple of below par performances in recent weeks, this was a heart-warmer for The Third Half. The win left Neddies within striking distance of top spot – and with the RugbyWA Cup back at The Foreshore. That was certainly worthy of the season’s first rendition of Singing in The Rain by club legend Rex Julian in the changing rooms.

There will be no defence of the RugbyWA Cup on Saturday however as Neddies head to Morley to take on Baysie.

You know the drill.

Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go Milli Vanilli. GO NEDDIES!

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Round 9 Match Reports

Round 9 Match Reports

12/06/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26938178
A familiar story line from the weekend with all our sides except Premier Grade registering victories.

Club Announcement

Club Announcement

12/06/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26938013
Announcement from our Club President Justin Petersen

150th Premier Grade Game for Nathan Roberts

150th Premier Grade Game for Nathan Roberts

08/06/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26909141

Nathan Roberts is set to join an elite group of Neddies players on Saturday when the evergreen halfback plays his 150th premier grade game for the club.Nathan Roberts

Nate becomes just the 9th Neddies player to achieve the 150-game milestone, following in the footsteps of club legends like Dave Brock, TJ Bradbury, George Forster-Jones, John “Mixer” O’Callaghan, Mike “Spotty” Ryburn, Trefor Thomas, Glen “ET” Thompson and Rodney Ball. In doing so, Nate automatically becomes a Neddies Life Member.

Nate started his premier grade career for Neddies in the No 10 jumper back in 2005, when the club’s official history book reported: “The star backline recruit was Nathan Roberts, a diminutive five-eighth who revived memories of another great Nedlands game-breaker Gavin Bermingham.” (For those who weren’t around when Gavin played for Neddies, that is high praise indeed).

Nate’s career highlights included representing Perth Gold (the pre-Western Force State team) and winning the coveted PG Hampshire award in 2007. His outstanding form this season certainly puts him in with a chance of taking out that award again in 2018.

The club salutes you Nate – what a bloody legend and loyal club man.

Nate’s 150th game will be one of the many highlights of what is a Super Saturday of Rugby at The Foreshore on Saturday. The day starts with a junior carnival in the morning showcasing the future of our great club. Look out for the likes of the elusive Vereniki Duarara in the under-15s, the bullocking Branden Kahui in under-14s, the skilful Stirling MacDonald in under-13s, sharp-shooter Jack Rose in the under-12s and the electric Adam Solomons in under-11s.

The action at The Foreshore culminates with the premier grade game against the table-topping Soaks, with the RugbyWA Cup on the line. The action then moves to the big screen as the Wallabies take on Ireland before the Force play Roo’s Rebels at NIB Stadium.

You’d have to be mad to miss that lot.

So be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go Nate. Go Roo. GO NEDDIES!!

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Round 8

Round 8

31/05/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26834702
Round 8 Review: Tough Nut Peanut, Worzel and the Doughnut

Round 8 Review: Tough Nut Peanut, Worzel and the Doughnut

28/05/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26803299

The weather or the rugby? It was a line-Nedlands RUFC Latest News Updatecall as to which was the worst at Harvey Field on Saturday as Neddies took on the Gulls.

The psychic energy (to steal a Murray Mexted phrase) looked to be with Neddies ahead of the premier grade kick-off after the reserves came back from the death to steal a last-second win over Cottesloe. This came after the Neddies women’s team had recorded a rare win over the Shegulls and a solid win in thirds, with only the fourths finishing with the silver.

And even though they didn’t score in the first half, there weren’t too many alarm bells ringing in the premier grade game at halftime when Neddies trailed by just 3-0 after playing into the teeth of a howling gale.

What looked like a 14-odd point second-half gale turned out to be just that. Only problem was that Cottesloe got the 14 points playing into the wind to cap off a 17-0 upset win after giving Neddies a bit of a lesson in handling such atrocious conditions.

The 17-zip loss posed a question: When were Neddies last held to the doughnut? Your correspondent is stumped on that one. Which probably means it was a long time ago.

Anyway, if there was a positive it was the form of cult hero Joe “Peanut” Richie. Peanut is one Tough Nut. He needs so start breeding soon.

Another positive is that Friday marks the 20th anniversary of a time-honoured tradition which Neddies proudly pioneered in Perth – annual Test Match Lunches. These lunches are so legendary we now have them even when Perth doesn’t host a Test match. Word is that one of the stars of Friday’s Test Match lunch, former All Black Ali Williams, will be down at the club on Thursday. And he likes his steak well-done.

For the record, the first Neddies Test Match Lunch back in 1998 was held at the Mounts Bay Sailing Club. Simon Poidevin was the guest speaker and Peter Dee the comedian. A year later, the “comedian” was a bloke called Worzel. Guest speaker Chris “Buddha” Handy was so appalled by Worzel that he famously started dropping his name in live Test commentaries when players made serious bloopers. You had to be there.

There will be no club rugby this Saturday due to the long weekend. Round 9 looms as a cracker at The Foreshore on Saturday week when Neddies host the unbeaten Soaks.

Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Go the Nut. Go Buddha. GO NEDDIES!!

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Round 7 Review: Bad luck Lucky, the belt buckle and the Aussie Rules Ruckman

Round 7 Review: Bad luck Lucky, the belt buckle and the Aussie Rules Ruckman

22/05/2018, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 26757604

Rightio. First something which demonstrates the level of detail your correspondent goes to.From Ruckman to Ruck Man

Those whose lips weren’t too “red-wine red” from The Third Half Lunch at The Foreshore on Saturday would have noticed how Jake “the Muss” McKellar takes his penalty punts Aussie Rules style. Which is strange because he didn’t play Aussie Rules as a kid. But upon further investigation it can be revealed that Jake’s grandfather Craig McKellar was a legendary Aussie Rules Ruckman, playing 135 games for Melbourne and Richmond. He also represented both South Australia and Melbourne. So there you go, another piece of valuable rugby trivia.

And apart from Whale and Muzz McLean, there was another legend on the sideline at The Foreshore on Saturday. Our esteemed sponsor Kent Swick brought down a bloke called Lucky who has played rugby for the USA. Lucky wore a belt buckle bigger than most halfbacks. But unfortunately Lucky wasn’t so lucky for Neddies.

In glorious conditions, Neddies took the field against Kalamunda after wins in reserves, thirds, fourths and women’s. Things looked to be going to script for a clean sweep in the first half, with tries to two of the old hands – Shane Hemi and Nate Roberts – giving Neddies a 17-3 buffer at half time.

But while Neddies has made a habit in recent weeks of closing out games late in the second half, the visitors had different ideas. The ever-dangerous Bulls ran in two of their own tries. And suddenly the scores were all tied up at 17-17. Both teams had late shots at goal to snatch the win, but in the end it finished in a draw. There was, however, a record set on the sideline, with Dave Allport managing to talk for the full 80 minutes without appearing to draw breath.

Saturday sees Neddies hit the road again to take on local rivals Cottesloe at Harvey Field.

So get down there and show your colours.

Be there. Be loud. Be proud. Be lucky. GO NEDDIES!!

And in case you missed yesterdays post time is running out to secure your tickets to our Long Lunch featuring MC John McGlue, comedian Paul Martell, All Blacks legend Ali Williams, former Wallaby prop Dan Crowley and more!

Download the booking form http://goo.gl/VUgSEL and book now

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O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

28/03/2018, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Rally WA, Article # 26221646
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John O'Dowd. Photo: Maximum Motorsport / Gemma Lucas

O'Dowd wins first round, Trade Hire Karri Rally

On Saturday, the season opener of the CAMS Onslow Contracting WA Rally Championship (WARC), the Trade Hire Karri Rally, was held in Nyamup, east of Manjimup.
Maximum Motorsport driver John O’Dowd and co-driver Tom Wilde, who is also reigning WA Rally State Champion, finished first at the Trade Hire Karri Rally, winning three stages and finishing second on the other four in a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
O’Dowd said that he enjoyed the rally and he was happy with a win in round one, gaining some valuable points going into the Make Smoking History Forest Rally next month.
“It was a good rally with good stages. The long 35-kilometre stage was enjoyable and it was good to get the fastest time – it was a little technical and rough in patches, it had a bit of everything,” O’Dowd said.
“The car ran faultless all day, it was prepared well by Maximum Motorsport and it’s a great car to drive – I felt good in the car this time.
“Tom did a good job - I’ve had him co-drive for me once before and we work well together.”
Last year, O’Dowd narrowly missed the title in a battle with Wilde who won the Championship in a 2WD car, making history in the process. But for the Trade Hire Karri Rally and the WA round of the Australian Rally Championship, the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Busselton in April, the rivals are teammates, with Wilde as co-driver.
O’Dowd’s regular co-driver Ken Shiel is unable to compete due to work commitments.
Finishing 1:05 minutes behind O’Dowd in second place was Stephen Oxley and Michael Wood in their 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
Oxley said that they had a great day despite damaging the front steering arm at the start of the second stage.
“Unfortunately that damage put the alignment out for the rest of the day, but we battled on,” Oxley said.
“There was a lot of dust but the stages were good, some fast and flowing sections and a really mixed long stage.”
Oxley said that he would be competing at the Make Smoking History Forest Rally, which is also a round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship and he hopes to contest the remaining rounds of the WARC.
Nic Box and Todd Payne finished first in the 2WD Championship and third overall in a 1993 Nissan Silvia S13, 1:43 minutes slower than the winner.

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Oxley / Wood. Photo: Tim Allot
Box / Payne. Photo: CMR Photogrpahic
WA 2WD Championship
Nic Box and Todd Payne finished first in the 2WD Championship and third overall in a 1993 Nissan Silvia S13, 1:43 minutes slower than the winner.
The duo had to concede second place in WARC after their map reading light failed, making it impossible to read pace notes in the dark.
Box said it was one of the best rallies he has ever competed in.
“The roads were perfect with a mixture of high speed and high grip mostly, with a few rough bits that weren’t an issue; most of the stages suited me and my car and that showed in the results,” Box said.  
“Our wipers stopped on the first stage but we fixed them and we had one flat tyre after hitting a rock near the end of a stage so we didn’t lose any real time.
“I couldn’t be happier – the rally is a credit to all who organised it and helped – it ran like clockwork.”
Box will be part of the service crew for Adam Kaplan at Make Smoking History Forest Rally after Box sold Kaplan his Nissan 370Z, as such, Box is unable to compete. His next event is the Rally of the Heartland in South Australia.
Second place in the 2WD Championship went to Michael Joss and Megan Logue in a 1999 Nissan Silvia S15, 3:04 minutes behind Box / Payne. 
Rounding out the top three was Alex and Lisa White in a 1989 Nissan Silvia S13, 10:06 minutes slower than Box / Payne.
Alex White said that his car performed perfectly, even through the rough patches.
“At the first service we found that the cap to our power steering had popped off and the radiator fan had been pushed into the top of the shroud following a rough section in second stage, but that was the worst of it for us really,” White said.
“We struggled through the night stages with our lights as we didn't have the spread and couldn't see into dips or tops of crests which resulted in dropping two minutes on one stage alone. Our notes where pretty good, but it wasn't worth making a mistake so we backed off and did our best.
“The roads were a really nice combination of technical, tight, open, and fast sections – the organisers have done a great job at finding new roads for this rally.
“I was also really pleased to see the return of the village accommodation, along with the central service park and ceremonial finish, which allows us to all catch up and hear each other’s stories – the rally community spirit is really important to the future of our sport. We are now looking forward to Forest Rally.”
Alex White said that they have struggled the last few years to compete due to work commitments, but this year their aim is to compete in the all the WA 2WD Championship rounds. 
Michael Joss/Melissa Logue. Photo: Tim Allot
White / White. Photo: Tim Allot
Vass / Burton. Photo: Tim Allot
Clubman Masters and Clubman Club series
Winners of the Clubman Cup were Stephen Vass and Ashley Burton in a 1972 Datsun 1600 who finished just 0:12 ahead of Graeme and Kathy Miles in a 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer. Rounding out the top three was Kevin and Aaron Hollingsworth in their 2007 Suzuki Swift, 3:48 minutes behind the quickest pace.
For Vass, this was his first time competing as a driver having spent four years as a co-driver.
“I did drive in a rally last year but retired during the first stage, so that didn’t count. I’ve tried all sorts of racing and rally driving is my favourite – as they say, a bad day rallying is still better than a good day at work,” said the Proprietor of Maddington Auto Repairs and sponsor of the car.
“We had no problems, the car ran well and it’ll be ready and firing for Forest Rally.”
In the Clubman Masters, a Ford finished first over a Datsun. Carl and Tracey Rattenbury were quickest in their 1974 Ford Escort, 11:33 minutes ahead of Chris and Kelsey Gerdei in their 1974 Datsun 180B.
The picturesque Trade Hire Karri Rally took place on State Forest roads for the first time in 30 years with 118 kilometres of competitive stages, 194 kilometres in total. The longest stage of the rally was also the longest stage in the WARC at 35 kilometres.

The next round is the Make Smoking History Forest Rally held from 27th to 29th April 2018 in Busselton and Nannup; it is also a round of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship.
For more information and results visit www.rallywa.com
Overall WARC
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 5 O'DOWD
Impreza WRX STI
Impreza WRX STI
3 6 BOX
Silvia S13
Overall 2WD
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 6 BOX
Silvia S13
2 8 JOSS
Silvia S15
3 10 WHITE
Silvia S13
Overall Clubman Cup
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 29 VASS
2 28 MILES
Overall Clubman Masters
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
Escort Mk1
Rattenbury / Rattenbury. Photo: Tim Allot


2018 Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship 
Round 1:  24 March 2018 - Trade Hire Karri Rally, Manjimup 
Round 2:  27-29 April 2018 – Make Smoking History Forest Rally, Busselton & Nannup 
Round 3:  3 June 2018 - MRF Tyres Boddington Safari, Boddington
Round 4:  7 July 2018 - Wheels on Yirrigan Kumho Tyre Kirup Rally, Kirup
Round 5:  15 September 2018 – Make Smoking History Experts Cup, Collie 
Round 6:  10 November 2018, Darling 200, Jarrahdale (2WD and Clubman Cup only)

The WA Rally Championship has three main categories and awards trophies to top finishers in each sub category:

  1. WA State Rally Championship
    All events are one day that start at 1pm and typically finish around 9pm.Night rallying is a feature.
    1. 4WD category
    2. 2WD category
    3. State Challenge – restricted 2WD category (no recce / pace notes)
  1. Clubman Cup
    Clubman Cup is half the length / distance of the WA State Rally Championships. This category is more accessible to enthusiasts and encourages those without the budget to compete in the WA State Rally Championships to rally.
    1. 2WD category – no recce / pace notes
  1. State Rookie Driver and Co-Driver
    1. WA State Rally Rookie Driver
    2. WA State Rally Rookie Co-Driver
    3. Clubman Cup Rookie Driver
    4. Clubman Cup Rookie Co-Driver
  1. Points
For each place from 1 to 20, the following points allocated to the overall Rally WA championship. There is a championship for drivers and one for co-drivers:
Place Championship Points   Place Championship Points
1st 80   11th 20
2nd 68   12th 18
3rd 60   13th 16
4th 52   14th 14
5th 44   15th 12
6th 40   16th 10
7th 36   17th 8
8th 32   18th 6
9th 28   19th 4
10th 24   20th 2


2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship
Round 1:  3-4 March – Eureka Rally, Ballarat, VIC
Round 2:  27-29 April – Forest Rally, Busselton, WA
Round 3:  1-3 June – Netier National Capital Rally (APRC), Canberra, ACT
Round 4:  27-29 July – Rally Tasmania, TAS*
Round 5:  21-23 September – Adelaide Hills Rally, Adelaide Hills, SA
Round 6:  15-18 November – Rally Australia, Coffs Coast, NSW

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