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The Rock-itt : February 2010
The new season beckons and with it news that we have lost another player to the 'A League.' Eighteen year old Sam Gallagher who we featured a couple of months ago after he played in the Under 20's World Cup for the Young Socceroos has signed a full professional contract for the rest of this season with Sydney FC. Sam had been playing on a Youth contract. Sydney's manager Vitezslav Lavicka was impressed with his hard work and said "He has done well in the youth team since coming in. We know if he gets the chance to play in the A-League that he will do well. He is learning every session." Let's hope Sam gets the opportunity, 2009 was a great year for him and 2010 has started well. Good news from the current First Grade team with midfielder Pascal Julliard revealing early in the year that he had been approached by debut NSW Premier League side Rockdale City Suns and also the West Sydney Berries, both keen to have his services for the new season. Thankfully, after having a year in the MWFA Premier League with Brook Vale and now having the time to devote to playing at the top level again he has chosen to do that back at Manly United. He has looked a classy act in the trial games so far, which is no surprise. News from the NSW Premier League that Wollongong Wolves who endured some financial trauma last season resulting in a re- branding as Wollongong Community Football Club will have yet another name for season 2010. They have become South Coast Wolves and have announced former Sydney United striker Lisandro Bertis as their Captain. Bertis missed the whole of the 2009 season through injury, the 24 year old Argentinean born player said about his elevation to captaincy "I've had some excellent captains in the past so if I take what I have learnt from them and add a bit of my own personality I think I will be fine." One of the unsung heroes at Cromer Park who will be audible rather than visible around the ground again this year is mighty ground announcer Andrew Doyle. Andrew, who in real life is a top theatre director, will be giving up his valuable time to bring his considerable professionalism to our match day experience. The club is much indebted to him for his voluntary contributions. Top line Ground Announcer Andrew Doyle, we are truly not worthy! Our Match Day staff are almost all volunteers, giving their time freely to help the Football cause. Their efforts are hugely appreciated by the Club and it's Directors (who are all volunteers as well). We do need more help so if you have time to give please call Jeremy Toivenen at MWFA offices at 9982-6228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We had another trial game on Saturday Feb 23rd, this time away at Blacktown City Demons. The day was a really warm one with temperatures approaching 40 degrees, thankfully just before the Grade 20 game kicked off at 4pm a westerly buster came through and the game kicked off in temperatures about 10 degrees lower. The 20's are suffering a few pre season injuries and also with the First Grade having a few similar problems and 20's players having to play up a level it was a young and slightly depleted side that went down 3-1. No personnel problems for the Blacktown side who managed to make at least 10 substitutions during the game to our measly two! Our boys tired in the heat during the second half after holding Blacktown to a 1-1 score at half time. It was obvious that we were struggling to put out a full strength side in the First Grade game with Robbie Cattenach and Captain Joey Schirippa sitting in the stands whilst Lisandro Bertis (red shirt) in his Sydney United heyday) Sam Gallagher (white shirt) defending for Sydney FC away at Perth Glory. Craig Midgley, now back to full training after his operation.