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The Rock-itt : May 2010
There's no disguising it, this season is not going as planned. Since last month's Rock-itt which had us in 6th place in the Football NSW Premier League, 5 points behind leaders Blacktown, we have won one game, drawn one and lost three. We are now eighth in the league and eleven points behind current leaders Sydney United. The biggest problem is that we can't put our chances away. The games have been exciting enough, frantic at times. In the last two weeks we pulled off a very creditable draw away at Bonnyrigg White Eagles, on actual clear goal chances we should have won 6-3. The last game before going to press was at home to Marconi Stallions where we should have been out of sight by half time but eventually lost to a solitary goal which resulted from our defender Shaun Bowdon's only mistake of the season. It will get better but we are running out of time. Roberto Hammad always up for giving friendly advice to the Ref! The majority of our games through May and early June are at home, which is Cromer Park on South Creek Road in Dee Why. First Grade kicks off at 3pm and is preceded by the Reserves who kick off at 1pm. Unless you are a MWFA member it will cost you $12 to get in. The games, all on Sunday are; Sydney United 9th May, Bankstown City 16th May, APIA Leichhardt 30th May and Rockdale City Suns on June 6th. We have an away game at Blacktown on the 23rd May. I hope to have better news next issue! As a respite to the League we also have a new FA Cup style knock out competition called the McDonald's Cup, it used to be the Tiger Turf Cup and is run under the auspices of Football NSW. The Cup is State wide and includes NSW State Leagues Divisions 1 & 2, The NSW Super League and at Round 3 the NSW Premier league. There are quite a few local teams in contention and at the time of writing Round 1 will wrap up with Dee Why playing Belmore Hercules for the final position in Round 2. Should Dee Why prevail they will be away to Schofield Scorpions on Wednesday May 5th. Already into Round 2 are Collaroy Cromer Strikers, Seaforth, Mosman and Gladesville Ryde Magic. Success for these teams in the second round could bring them very interesting games in Round 3 when Premier League teams such as Manly United enter the competition. I'm sure CC Strikers will relish taking on Manly United at Cromer Park, especially with Manly's current form! Widely reported in the local media is confirmation that Cromer Park will have a new million dollar artificial pitch in place by mid February next year. Football NSW ran a poll on their website asking if artificial was the way to go for football in Australia. The response was more or less 50/50 which I found pretty encouraging. My personal preference would be for real grass but with at least eight games a week being played on the pitch at Cromer it's impossible to keep a pitch in the quality needed for top level football. Artificial makes sense for Manly United. Unfortunately, Vitezlav Lavicka, Sydney FC's Head Coach, will not let his team play on an artificial surface even though this Craig Midgley attempting take off, away at Bonnyrigg White Eagles