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The Rock-itt : November 2009
second in the tournament. I asked about a bit of indiscipline in the side, Australia had players sent off in two of their three games. Sam thought the first sending off was harsh, prompted by acting from the opposition but confirmed that the second sending off was a bit of a 'mind melt' by Tahj Minniecon! He said the quality of the overseas players in the Aussie team was impressive, highlighting Hearts FC's Ryan McGowan and Bolton Wanderers player, Aaron Mooy. Of the domestic players he thought Gold Coast's United's Tahj Minniecon was a stand out. Sam revealed that he had recently signed to play for Sydney FC Youth and wasn't sure if he was going to be back at Manly but Phil Moss has offered him a deal and it's an option. It turns out that, like Phil Moss is a Liverpool supporter. He thinks the A League a good place for young players to develop further. He is not planning to go direct to Uni; he will take a year to concentrate on Football and decide what to from there. Back to Manly United and plans for the 2010 season. As reported in the Manly Daily, Head Trainer, Phil Moss has had to approach many of his squad with reduced terms for the 2010 Season. Unsurprisingly the squad have grasped the reality of the situation and accepted that in the short term at least, playing for Manly is more important than money. I appeal to any of our readers who haven't been to see Manly United at Cromer Park to give it a go in Season 2010, if you like football you won't be disappointed and I'm willing to bet you will be surprised at the quality on offer. And it's only $12 to get in! One of the Manly favourites who won't be at Cromer Park next year is Ashley Ryan. It's not that Ash wouldn't take a pay cut it's just that he has almost finished his degree in Human Movement Science and there was an option to complete it in the UK. Ash is attending Loughborough University in Leicestershire England and I managed a chat with him for The Rock-itt. Phil Moss brought him to Manly with a few others from Northern Spirit Youth after the old NSL finished. He mentioned that he came with Brad Groves and he underlined the special team spirit that has been built up at Manly United and thought that not many other teams could claim the same 'vibe'. He rates Manly striker Robbie Cattenach as a really 'special' player in the squad and said that his creativity is of great benefit to the team. Ash rates Finals games against Sydney United in 2008 and the Tiger Turf semi against Blacktown in the same year as two of his most memorable games. He has joined the Loughborough University Surfing Club. This may sound a fairly normal thing for a Beaches boy to do but when you realise Loughborough is well over a 100 miles from the nearest beach it becomes more remarkable! He said that they had just been to Cornwall, St.Ives in fact to check out the surfing there and rated it as 'not bad'. He is going to try to get some football in whilst he is up there and if all goes well with the degree he could be back in late February. Who knows we may even see him back in a Manly jersey sooner than I thought. Nice news from recent Lucas Neill Scholarship winner Leigh Egger. Leigh is just back from the UK having spent time with Leeds United where he played in Leeds United's Academy game against Hull City which they won 2-1. he then went on for weeks at West Ham United and Everton. Leigh is going to write a piece for this section himself on his UK trip so I won't go into too much detail. Lucas takes this award very seriously and was there to meet Leigh off the plane when he arrived in the UK. I'll leave it to Leigh to fill in the details next month. Got something to get off your chest email;firstname.lastname@example.org. au Socceroo Grade 20's, lovely boys!! Lucas Neill with former LN Scholarship winner Chris Payne, now with Sydney FC. Ash Ryan (in blue) leaving his mark.