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There was a boat sunk in the Swan River in front of where the players warmed up for Saturday’s Round 11 clash with Southern Lions at The Foreshore on Saturday.
Other than its proximity, the sunken boat had no relevance to the rugby – other than to provide your correspondent a picture to illustrate this week’s column with.
There were some milestones in the earlier games on Saturday, with Matt Chong sue chalking up 100 games for Neddies in the third grade’s 64-0 win. The fourths went down 53-5 to Perth Irish while the seconds came off second best against Southern Lions in the curtain raiser, going down 22-28.
In cracker conditions, Neddies jumped out of the blocks early in premier grade, using the full width of the field to stretch the Southern Lions defence. The points flowed freely as a result and by half time Neddies were up 31-3 courtesy of tries to Teegan Minkley, Ammon Matuauto, Al Momoisea, Grayson Knapp and Maia King – albeit soured by what looked like a couple of bad injuries.
The scoring action continued in the second half, with Neddies running towards The Third Half corner. Grayson and Maia bagged seconds and Nate Roberts and Drake Robson crossed for five-pointers for a final score line of 59-17. The win kept Neddies second on the log with two games left before the top-six split. Good to see Bali restauranteur Warren Mead catching up with a few old team mates on the side line, with 1957 premiership winner George Horsham also in good form.
Saturday looms a crucial game as Neddies head north to Kingsway to take on fourth-placed Wanneroo. It will be a top-of-the-table clash in third grade as the unbeaten Neddies take on the Roo Dogs. Rumour has it that Kalyn Ponga’s dad Andre might be at Kingsway to watch his old club play before Sunday’s second State of Origin clash at Optus Stadium. Bring it on.
You know the drill. Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!
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Your correspondent would rather write about rugby than matters of a financial nature. Mainly because to do otherwise would be to discriminate against the forwards. But as always, this column never passes up the opportunity for a scoop in local rugby land.
Apart from having glossy pictures of Kauri Cudd and Reuben amongst its pages, the 2018 RugbyWA Annual Report released today reveals the governing body of rugby in this State is negotiating with the State Government to write off a debt of more than $1 million.
According to the Annual Report, the first instalment payable by RugbyWA to the State Government on the $1.066 million unsecured interest-free loan is due in December 2019. It goes on to state that RugbyWA has started formal discussions with the WA Government to write off this $1.066 million loan due to the significant impact it could have on RugbyWA’s operations. In other words, RugbyWA, like many rugby organisations around Australia, isn’t that flush at the moment.
There is also the normal accounting jargon to satisfy the auditors stating, in round-about terms, that if the Government isn’t feeling too charitable in those negotiations to write off the $1.066 million debt, then there would be uncertainty whether RugbyWA could continue as a going concern. In the words of chairman John Edwards: “This debt obligation remains a significant ongoing concern to the long-term sustainability of the organisation.”
So what will happen now? Someone in the media, having read this column, will write a story saying that rugby in WA is doomed unless the Government writes off the $1.066 million debt. And after a bit of arm wrestling, the Government will write off the debt – and no doubt remind every rugby player and supporter before the next State election. Just remember you read it here first.
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The action started at sparrows down at Neddies on Saturday when Rodney Ball and his ground crew arrived at The Foreshore with their head-lamps on to set up the field for another cracker of a junior carnival.
But the mystery and intrigue started even earlier that morning when The West Australian newspaper revealed that league sensation Kayln Ponga was a Neddies boy. Well not exactly, but sort of.
In what has become a time-honoured path to The Foreshore, the article revealed how Kayln’s dad Andre left New Zealand for Perth in pursuit of his rugby dream. That path took Andre to Neddies in 1989 – along with seven of his Kiwi mates.
Memories are a bit hazy down at The Third Half end of the ground at the best of times, so your correspondent was unable to shed any light on which Neddies team Andre Ponga and his seven Kiwi mates played for back in 1989. It was that year that Neddies fielded arguably its strongest ever premier grade team with players like Bam Ban Koteka, Block Manu, Reg Walters, PR Roberts, Gavin Bermingham, Grant Mickell, Tom Fearn, Spotty Ryburn, Glen Thompson, John Kani, Nudge Edwards and even an ex All Black by the name of Murray Watts.
Andre Ponga might be able to shed a bit of light on his time with Neddies when he and wife Adine head back across the Nullarbor to watch son Kayln play in the second State of Origin game at Optus Stadium on Sunday week (June 23). Hopefully the Pongas have time to call in to The Foreshore for steak night, a cleanser or two and a ticket in the meat pack draw. (Memo Neddies Bob: Might have to order some XXXX).
Back to the junior carnival on Saturday morning, where the games included a special under-12s fixture between Neddies and Mandurah. That game was for a trophy in honour of the late Travis McEntyre, who had an association with both clubs. Neddies were able to keep the trophy after a hard-fought win over the Pirates.
In the seniors, there were mixed Round 10 results for Neddies against Perth-Bayswater in the lead up games, with the fourths going down 62-7, the thirds prevailing 36-5 and the reserves game called off early due to an injury.
By the time the premier grade took to the field, the rain which threatened for most of the day had set in. It was duly noted the conditions would suit one Neddies player in particular – Duck. At least Peter Bailey got the joke in Dave Allport’s absence.
Baysie haven’t been travelling that flash this season, but played the conditions well to have their noses in front 6-5 after the first quarter. But Neddies finished with two tries to take a 17-6 lead at the break. The second half was a different story with Neddies crossing for four more tries to run out 43-6 winners. Work horse Drake Robson was a stand-out in the forwards, while Dylan “Sudsy” Loversidge – who has perfected the Kieron Fonotia dummy pass – brought great energy from fullback. Good to see Teegan Minkley and Kaleb Whakataka on the park again for Neddies and back amongst the scoring action.
The win left Neddies in second spot on the ladder, though there is no room for a slip-up with only seven points separating the top five teams. She’s a close run race this season for sure.
Round 11 sees Neddies back at The Foreshore to take on the Southern Lions. Hopefully in better weather conditions.
Be there. Be loud, Be proud. Go Kalyn Ponga. GO NEDDIES!!
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Round 9 at Forrestfield on Saturday didn’t start well – a refrigeration malfunction in the Kalamunda clubrooms meant the beer was warm.
This did not sit well with parched-as supporters like Garry Ash, who was about to decamp to the Forrestfield Tavern when help finally arrived in form of 20 or so bags of ice.
It was the first return to Forrestfield since Neddies’ disappointing semi-final exit in 2018. And with fierce competition for spots in the top six, it was something of a must-win game for the visitors after last week’s loss to Cottesloe.
There were plenty of tries scored in the earlier games, with Neddies triumphing 76-19 in thirds. But it was a bad day at the races for the injury-depleted reserves, who capitulated 62-12 to the Bulls. It was not pretty to watch. Coach Will Brock was less than impressed.
There was a more determined look about the premier grade team as they the players took to the field, including new front-rower Tuki Raimona. And it didn’t take long for Neddies to flick the switch with fast open rugby.
Centre Ammon Matuauto was the first to score, followed by his centre partner Jackson Neilson, Maia King, Grayson Knapp and debutant Tuks.
That delivered Neddies a half time lead of 31-15 – which, while looking good on the score board, was no guarantee of a slam dunk against the bulls at home. But with Ammon and Maia each bagging their second meat pies for the game in the second half, it was enough to deliver Neddies a comfortable 43-20 win. It was a great team effort by Neddies, with stand-out individual performances from the likes of Jackson, Tuks and Joe “The Nut” Ritchie, who has discovered the elixir of youth and is drinking it by the flagon.
Hats off too to all the premier grade boys who made the effort to help coach the juniors last Thursday.
The win over the Bulls means Neddies head into this Saturday’s Round 10 home game against Baysie in second position – but with no room for a banana-skin game.
The action starts early down at The Foreshore on Saturday with Neddies hosting a junior carnival in the morning. So get down and support the next generation of Neddies super stars.
Be there. Be loud. Be proud. GO NEDDIES!!
Don’t forget about Bingo Bongo coming up.
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