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The Rock-itt : March 2010
to soon about retiring. We are very grateful to have his services for this season and already in the trial games he has shown great skill and influence. Since the last issue of The Rock-itt we have played several friendly/trial games. Unfortunately the scheduled international match against Daejeon Citizen FC of Korea was washed out. The following weekend Manly was up the Coast at Budgewong to play a very spirited Central Coast Lightening who, on a very hot day got the best of us 2-1. We then had a home game against Pittwater RSL who again showed great tenacity only to be outdone by a whirlwind hat trick from Andrew Mailer which contributed to and eventual 7-1 scoreline for Manly. We had an early visit to one of our keenest rivals Sydney Olympic on February 15th. The game had the 'friendly' tag to it but Olympic had two players sent off before half time! They were allowed to substitute the sent off players so we still had an eleven man game after the break. We were up 1-0 at half time but were penalized twice in the second half eventually going down 2-1 as both penalties were converted. It's always entertaining to play against Olympic! The final trial game was home at Cromer Park against Northern Tigers from the NSW Super league. Again a very spirited performance from the lower league club, their goalkeeper in particular making it a frustrating night for Phil Moss's boys. Thankfully after an own goal had given us a slim 1-0 lead at half time Andrew Hayward came on as a second half substitute and scored a terrific header from a Jimmy Oates cross. We also should have had a penalty for hand ball, confirmed by watching the video of the game the day after. It was only a warm up so no need for complaint, except maybe about how hard we were made to work Much gossip at the start of the season about whether our Head Coach will be with us for much longer. Graham Arnold is to take over as Head Coach of Central Coast Mariners and Phil Moss is close to Graham and has worked with him in the Socceroos set up. It doesn't take a mathematician to put 2 + 2 together on this one but as yet, whilst I believe the obvious discussion has been had that's as far as it's gone. Phil deserves to work at the highest level in the game and the Club has contingency plans if he gets his break. After all Gerard Houllier won't be at Liverpool much longer! It would be great to see more bums on seats at Cromer Park this season, March's home games are; March 7th Blacktown City March 28th Sydney Olympic Both games kick off 6pm. Follow Manly United on Twitter @ manlyunited Website www.manlyunitedfc.com.au/ Moan about me; email@example.com Luke Casserly, a major recruit to the Manly defence for 2010 Another new First Grade face. Chris Gallo is elevated from Grade 20 for 2010 The Guvnor! Phil Moss head Coach of Manly United