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The Rock-itt : December 2009
It would appear quiet for Manly United at the moment but that's not so for Head Trainer, Phil Moss. It has been well documented in the Manly Daily that Phil has had to put together a team for next season on a budget reduced by a third. Such is the commitment of the players at Manly that not one has walked away from Cromer Park because of a wage reduction. Joey Schirippa will continue as Captain of Manly United in 2010 Next season will see the return to the First Grade squad of Pasqual Juilliard and Roberto Hamad. Pasqual had business issues last season which meant that he couldn't commit the time necessary to be part of a Premier League squad. Roberto took a year off to spend time studying in Holland. It's very exciting to have them back. On November 12th we had a final chance to play a match on the main pitch at Cromer Park. Mossy needed to look at a couple of prospective players so a series of three thirty minute mini-matches were played. The following Monday the council came in and started the refurbishment of the pitch. The first game scheduled to be played on the newly laid pitch will be an A League Youth game between Sydney FC and Gold Coast United on Saturday 16th January, kick off 4pm. The Socceroos managed to see off Oman in the Asian Cup with a 2-1 win in Oman. They did it with just 10 men after losing defender Rhys Williams with only 18 minutes on the clock. There is a general feeling that Oman are minnows with not much of a chance but I think that's a wrong assumption. They played extremely well. It's worth noting that a week after the Socceroos win Oman played Brazil in a friendly game going down just 2- 0 and Brazil played the whole game with 11 players! Next game in the Asian Cup for Australia will be away against Kuwait on Wednesday January 6th. Back to Manly United. There will be change of strip for the coming season, we don't have a picture of the actual Manly strip but it is very like the strip worn by Portuguese Giants FC Porto. FC Porto's strip, Manly United will look very similar next season Phil Moss's assistant Craig Midgley is thankfully recovering after his recent knee operation, I saw him at the trial match back on November 12th and he said he is moving well but is probably two or three months away from a return to full training. He is still continuing to work with Grade 20's Trainer Richy Williams on their Schools training programme and will be working with Mossy to have the squad ready for the start of the season. We can confirm that the new Football NSW season will start on the weekend of February 27th and 28th. Manly United's first game will be away to Bankstown City on Sunday 28th February, kick off 6pm. Manly's first home game will be against Blacktown City on Sunday 7th March kick off probably 3pm. Richy Williams (left) and Craig Midgley (right) with some happy training school graduates Just in case you want to book your holidays, the Grand Final will be on the 29th of August! We are used to hearing about players leaving our league to join the A League but news this month that current Football NSW Coach of the Year Ante Milicic will be leaving Sydney United where he was player/coach to join new A League franchisees Melbourne Heart ( or is to be Sporting Melbourne?) as assistant coach, to Dutchman John van't Schip. Ante Milicic, on the move from Sydney United to Sporting Melbourne in the A League