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The Rock-itt : September 2009
quality in this league. Jamie Garside pulled one back for Manly but almost immediately Glavas got his second to re-establish the two goal barrier. Returning long term injury sufferer Craig Midgley put a respectable edge to the proceedings by adding a second for Manly in injury time but it was too little too late. Manly's injury woes were added too with the news that mid fielder Joel Grenell had been diagnosed with a stress fracture to his foot and will play no further part in this campaign. The Grade 20 team fared a little better with a 2-2 draw against Sydney United but we now knew that our route through the play offs was going to be a difficult one. It's been a troublesome season with injuries for Craig Midgley (above), with luck he will get through the play offs but he has an appointment with the surgeon's knife in the close season! Some respite from the travails of the League was next up for Manly with the Final of the Tiger Turf Cup on the plastic pitch at Sutherland Saturday August 18th. As with Manly's last Tiger Turf Cup Final appearance against Wollongong the game was tied at Full time. Manly put on an excellent performance Keith Shevlin equalizing after Sharks had gone ahead. Eventually the loss of key players Spencer Prior, Matt Bingley, Robbie Cattanach, Andrew Mailer and Joey Gibbs took its toll on Manly and Sharks clinched the win with a goal by Nick Stavroulakis in the 117th minute. Manly Head Trainer, Phil Moss commented, "They got a half chance and took it, my players will now be working hard this week to prepare for the league elimination semi-final against Bankstown at Jensen Oval. The Cup final performance has given us a lot of confidence in our ability despite the injuries we have and in spite of the result." The hard work they put in was required for on Saturday 22nd August the Play Off game against Bankstown went to extra time and with still no goals scored then to Penalties. Bankstown missed their first penalty and had their third saved by the excellent Brad Swancott. Craig Midgley, Keith Shevlin, Scott Thomas and Andrew Mailer all scored theirs for Manly and earned the team a minor semi final against Marconi Stallions on August 29th. A big shout for Manly's Under 12 Girls who secured the NSW 2009 Championship with a 1-0 win over Sutherland. News during the month that Lucas Neill Scholarship winner Joey Gibbs who made his debut for the Manly United First Team this season has been signed by Sydney FC. Joey's a great guy and an excellent player, we wish him every success. And finally; Bronte Bates, (Manly United First Grade Women's player) has made the Australian Schoolgirls Football team to tour UK in January, 2010. She needs supporting and has a Movie Night Fundraiser: "Young Victoria", Collaroy Cinema, September 2nd at 7pm. TICKETS $20 PHONE: Jocelyn on 0425278403 Manly United's Tiger Turf Cup Final The victorious Under12 girls