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The Rock-itt : May 2010
one is sanctioned by FIFA; this means goodbye to visits to Cromer Park for Sydney's traditional pre-season season game. I guess we'll just have to invite Central Coast Mariners or Newcastle Jets! What about this for a star of the future? Nathan Moss (son of Head Coach Phil) makes his Cromer Park debut. Still time to get over to South Africa for the World Cup. It would appear that there are still quite a few tickets for the games left. Qantas are apparently knitting a Socceroos supporter scarf. If you log onto to the SBS World Game World Cup site every message you leave will add 10cms to the scarfs length. So if you are on a Qantas plane and you can't attract the stewardesses (or stewards) attention he/she's probably down the back knitting!! The Socceroos have the game against New Zealand coming up on May 24th at the MCG. They then leave for South Africa and they now have two warm up games before the World Cup starts proper. They will play Denmark on June 1st in the Ruimsig Stadium, Roodepoort followed by the USA in the same stadium on June 5th. Their opening game in the World Cup will be against Germany in the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on June Interesting to read that Fabio Grosso, the player 'fouled' by Lucas Neill in the last World Cup, the resultant penalty knocking Australia out of the competition, has admitted that he "accentuated a little bit" to gain the penalty. He insisted that Lucas's challenge deserved a penalty but actually said "In this instance when Neill slid in, maybe I accentuated it a little bit". Cheating B****rd I say!I'm obviously a fan of Manly United, all my life I have enjoyed football and I've always been extra keen on football that isn't necessarily played for money. I have enjoyed the resurgence of football in Australia, I was very lucky because that resurgence started when I arrived here 10 years ago. I just caught the end of the National League and have subsequently enjoyed the start of the A League although I do question the quality that has been served up in the last couple of seasons. I guess this is what makes me so keen to promote what we have here at Manly United. Although the season isn't going too well at the moment the games are really exciting and are played with such pace and precision that this league is a more watchable league than the A League at present. Thereby lies the problem, I just don't see the local populace giving top level football, played in their backyard the credit and attention it deserves. It's understandable that if you have a couple of children playing sport over a weekend you you are a player or a referee. But, what about the latent supporters who say they love football but don't know where Cromer Park is? It's you we need. We have conducted our own survey at Manly United over the last few weeks. Jeremy Toivenon our General Manager took the initiative to ask Manly Warringah Football Association members (over 10,000 of them) what they thought of the current operations at Manly United. Of the roughly 500 good folks who responded 60% of them didn't know that as MWFA members they had free passes for them and their families to attend Manly United home games. It was also a bit worrying that 4% of them had never heard of Manly United although 37% of them had attended a Manly United home game in the last year. Only 8% of them thought the standard wasn't good enough and more concerning was that 17% thought there wasn't enough information on game times. With an operation like Manly United there just isn't the cash around to take advertisements to promote the games. The Manly Daily does a great job for MUFC and 94% of respondents read it. However 54% of local football supporters say they don't bother to read the pieces about Manly United, the premier football club on the peninsula. I would love to know why. Twitter Manly United @ manlyunited Website- manlyunitedfc.com.au Contact me- email@example.com Honest, it was that big but it got away!!