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The Rock-itt : September 2009
learned and that in 18 months or so the people of Warringah Shire will have a facility to be proud of. Women's cricket will start again very shortly too and with the Australian ladies being unable to master the Pommie lassies in all forms of the game (T20, 50 ODIs and Test cricket) there will no doubt be a new broom sweeping through the hierarchy of players in the new season which will create great opportunities for young ladies who are trying to get into the State or National Sides. I believe that there will be scouts searching for new and exciting young talent from our District so I would encourage any ambitious young lady cricketers to work even harder this season in their game. Manly supported two young ladies teams in cricket on the North Shore last season and are building to the time when the Club can field a full Women's Grade cricket side. We anticipate that Manly Oval will once again host a first class Women's cricket match at manly Oval this summer and we would like to see this supported by the ladies of the Northern Beaches. Watch this space for updates. Emerging Breakers will once again be playing at Frank Gray and Mike Pawley Ovals before Christmas as Cricket NSW have found this new facility to be off great benefit with the two turf ovals side by side. More news on the precise dates will be posted here in future articles. Manly Cricket will have some new sponsors this season as well as their current key supporters, Harbord Diggers and Bank of Queensland's Manly Branch. News of the new sponsors will also appear here but there are some exciting new initiatives occurring in and around Manly Oval this summer so keep your eyes peeled for changes. As most people connected with any sport these days will know to run a sports club with 100 playing staff is incredibly expensive and the work that our volunteers put in is not only remarkable but it is also fully appreciated. Fortunately, despite the Global Financial situation still in our minds, support for sporting clubs on the Peninsula has continued to attract dollars, which is indicative of how little the credit squeeze has really affected the people of the Northern Beaches. With summer approaching and the accompanying enthusiasm that always seems to tag along, I believe that we are going to be looking a great, long, hot summer of sport here on the Northern Beaches. For those of you who are juggling in your mind whether to play or watch cricket this summer, make you minds up now because I am reliably informed that the ENSO cycle in the Pacific Ocean with bring drier "El Nino" conditions in 2009 & 2010 along the eastern seaboard. Pack your zinc and come to Manly Oval to support your players or even join in with them. You'll get a great welcome whatever you decide! Have a good season everyone and good luck Graham Price Chairman of Selectors 2009 Luke Edgell