An exciting day of outstanding Community rugby, collimating with a high quality Premier Grade Game that came down to the final play!
Up against Nedlands this round the club knew they were going to have to perform at even higher levels to continue their success so far this year. The opening two fixtures set the theme for the day with both games being highly competitive. Unfortunately for the third grade team they came out on the wrong side of the ledger going down 18-15. Keegan Dassler returned to the field with a typically industrious effort making tackle after tackle while senior statesmen Richie Cameron and Junior Greig contributed handily on both attack and defence. Against any other team their performance would have been a win but this Neddies third grade team has been dominant for a number of years now and withstood the intensity long enough to squeeze out the win.
Won 28-17. Sanchez, Penni and Izzy all played well.
Looking to keep their unbeaten home streak alive the fourth grade scored early to take a seven nil lead. Unfortunately that was it for the day as Neddies fought back to win 19-7. A huge work rate from player-coach Jason Satherly earned him man of the match honours but it wasn’t enough to slow the opposition as Pally fell off too many first up tackles and struggled with numbers and players out of position. One or two more players and some extra fitness should see the team climb into the top four, but if the reinforcements don’t arrive soon it may be hard for the men to climb out of the middle of the points table in time for finals.
By far the toughest match our Reserves have faced and after an early score held Nedlands scoreless for 78 minutes of the match with our boys ending up winning 24-5. Some great goal kicking by surprise find of the season Michael Fotu and another outstanding performance by JC Nel saw him collect MotM honors.
With 7 players away with the state team next weekend the Women headed into the game looking to continue their solid start to the season. Up against an emotionally charged Neddies team they struggled to match the intensity and with some second half ill-discipline costing them they went down fighting 14-5.
A see-saw contest saw the Premier team lose not only their unbeaten status but also the WA cup. It was a game of might haves as it took until the final minute for Nedlands in an action packed contest to take the win 23-20. While disappointed at the result as a team a number of individuals did have strong games. The lose forwards were tireless in their work. Though missing Mees Erasmus (on standby for the Western Force) the loss of him was countered by props Joe Simeon and Tuhoe Mahaki both having very powerful games. Trailing by one point with ten minutes remaining Pally forced a number of scrums and penalties right on the goal line eventually leading to David Nielson landing a 76th minute penalty to take the lead 20-18. It wasn't enough though as Nedlands finished clinically to take the game at the death.
Updated 14:00 - 8 May 2017 by Palmyra Media
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