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The club is proud to announce our nomination of Steve Bradbury for the HSBC Rugby Australia Volunteer of the Year. Steve is a life member who has served the club for 36 years starting as a 8 year old in the first ever junior team in 1983. He played through to Colts and has since served as a junior coach for 6 years, a senior team manager for almost 20 years and has been first grade manager since 2009. He was the draftsman, a supervisor and labourer during the building of our current clubrooms plus served as our club secretary since 2017 (and does a myriad of other things). Neddies has been a central part of Steve’s existence for most of his life and we’re lucky for it! We have our fingers crossed for you Steve!
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Well it has rushed up on us sooner than we thought, but great effort on the weekend from Prems and Third Grade to bag the invite to the Big Dance this Weekend.
Commiserations to Will Brock and his hard working team in Reserve Grade who stumbled in the the final minutes and sadly got pipped by Southern Lions 33-32 with no time to rally and change the lead.
Finals time is hard at the best of times and a lack of reserves makes it even harder, with only 5 on the bench Will and Mikey tried their best to manage the cattle and injuries as the game wore on. For the few supporters and 1 Premier Grade player who trekked to MacGillivray on Sunday, there was some very good play to watch (especially after half time) and I thank those who made the effort and supported Reserve Grade on Sunday. Supporters we need to share ourselves around and support all our teams not just one on the day.
A big thank-you to all those who pitched in on Saturday to make our hosted Semi-Final a resounding success, although the antarctic breeze off the Swan River eventually died down it made for a very chilly sideline for those under the Third Half tents. Well marked out grounds and setup made for a great day, although the trained monkey on scoreboard duties was doing his best to cause a ruckus on the sideline.
This Saturday and Sunday – Grand Finals Weekend
On Saturday we head South to watch Thirds at Success (359 Hammond Road, Success, 6164) have success, and
then head North on Sunday to cheer our Prems on in the Main Event of the Premier Grade at Wanneroos ground at Kingsway Reserve Maddeley.
Will let you update you know when the bar will be open over the weekend, most likely Saturday afternoon and Sunday .
Awards Dinner – 30th August
Book the date, Friday 30th August, at the clubhouse cost $55 per head, buffet dinner, Speeches Awards and dancing, Cash bar and DJ after 9pm.
Starts 6pm – Cash Bar, drinks on the table then Cash bar from 9pm.
Attire – Club No 1s or smart casual and that doesnt mean clean jandals.
First 110 tickets get to sit inside as we only have room inside for that number.
Get in first to get inside!
Firstly well done to all the Coaches Players and Team managers of Premier, Reserves and Third Grade for making the Finals this year, to the lads of 4th Grade commiserations on not getting into the finals we need more of you to plan to be in Perth on game days.
Also many thanks to the Junior Coaches and all the parents who have helped the Juniors through this season.
Secondly many thanks to all the Volunteers that have been on the Senior and Junior committees this year, the volunteers who have done setups and knockdowns on game days for Juniors and Seniors, to the players who have helped coach the Juniors sides I thank you all.
To our mighty Third Half Organisers Josh Mylne and Rod Jones, thanks guys you are the glue that keeps our great supporters together and happy week in week out.
And to our faithful supporters many thanks for being there on game days, posting to the Facebook page or logging on and watching the live streamed games from wherever you are in the world.
Well the excitement is almost uncontainable within Perth City, The Wallabies and The All Blacks are in town and the fun kicks off tonight with ‘Steak Night’ at the club from 7pm onwards, if you havent been down this year make a point of coming along tonight watching the teams train and then mingling with whoever Richard and Lisa Vaughan have coerced along to the club.
9th August Friday is the Nedlands Long Lunch (apparently we aren’t supposed to use Bledisloe Cup, Wallabies or All blacks in the same sentence when discussing said Lunch but we all know what it is about) which is the biggest one we have done and is sold out!! To Quote the person in charge of the USA when he heard that it was going to be over 900 guests, “I wish I could pull off a deal like Nedlands have done, Great Names, Great People”
10th August – Saturday will be the mother of all hangovers after Fridays lunch and what better way to fix it will be walking across from East Perth with OPTUS Stadium lit up in Gold and having that first icy cold bevvy to fix your pounding head. Hope to see a lot of you there
If you get up early on Saturday shuffle down to our grounds as we have a juniors carnival on that I’m sure would be a great way to fix that head from Fridays lunch.
17th August – Saturday, come down to Nedlands for the Major Semi-final hosting all the 1 v 4 semifinal matches for 2019. Nedlands Premier Grade will be taking the field at 3pm (Very Imptant that you remember that all games before prems are scheduled 30 mins earlier than usual to allow for extra time) Prems kick off at 3:30 pm as usual.
18th August – Sunday, currently we are trying to get Thirds (11:40am) and Reserves(1:30pm) to both be playing at MacGillivray, we will keep you posted on the outcome of our request.
Have a great Bledisloe Weekend everyone and I will see most of you at the clubrooms thursday or Friday at the lunch or at the match on Saturday.
The big wet came through on Saturday arvo as Neddies hosted the Roo Dogs to round off the Premiership Division, setting the scene for the finals.
The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Neddies faithful however, including the big Top Deck reunion hosted by Rex. This group was last seen heading down south under police escort before a planned return to Perth for the Bledisloe Cup.
In the earlier games, a default in fourths left Eric Brain cruelly stranded on 99 club games. The thirds prevailed 67-0 to secure second spot on the ladder going into the finals, though a 52-0 win was not enough to extend the season for the reserves.
The premier grade team were led onto the field by Joe “the Nut” Richie, who joined the elite group of Neddies premier grade centurions. It was a milestone also for five-eighth Dylan “Sudsy” Loversidge, playing his 100th club game.
The equation was pretty straight forward – beat Wanneroo to finish on top of the ladder for the finals. But there were two obstacles – the atrocious weather conditions and a Roo Dogs team with nothing to lose.
After bagging a double in last week’s away win over Wests, halfback Mikes Botes was back in the scoring action early with another try to give Neddies an early 7-0 lead. But points were proving hard to come by in the conditions – with a try by the visitors making for a 7-5 half time score line.
Things got a bit anxious in the second half when the Roo Dogs potted a penalty goal to go in front 8-7 as the rain thundered down. But nerves were ultimately eased as Neddies finished the stronger with tries to Kaleb Whakataka and Kauri Cudd for a final result of 21-8.
The win delivered Neddies the Minor Premiership and a spot in the 1 v 4 semi-final against Uni to be played at The Foreshore on Saturday week, August 17. That’ll be huge.
This week will all be about the Bledisloe Cup and the Neddies QBE Spirit of Rugby Long Lunch to be held at Crown Ballroom on Friday. With more than 900 guests, this will be the biggest of the 22 Test match lunches Neddies has hosted since pioneering these gigs in Perth back in 1998. That is an incredible result by Lisa Vaughan and her helpers.
While there is no senior club rugby this weekend, there will be plenty of Neddies junior teams playing at The Foreshore on Saturday morning before these future Neddies stars rush off to Optus Stadium for the pre-Bledisloe march around the stadium.
Be there (at the Test lunch on Friday and The Foreshore on Saturday morning for the juniors). Be loud (but not when the MC and guest speakers are talking). Be proud (first ever Bledisloe in Perth, you beauty). GO NEDDIES!!