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The Rock-itt : September 2010
The 2010 season finally ended for Manly United about two minutes before half time away to Sydney United on 11 August. Sydney's Elsid Barkhousir ran across the front of Matt Sim as Elsid was bearing down on the Manly United goal. Sim clipped the keel of Barkhousir, over he went and off Matt Sim went, red carded for being run in front of. At least that's how I saw it. Sydney United away is always one of the hardest games of the season and with 10 men it was just too big an ask. An excellent goal from Mitchell Thompson was enough to give Sydney United the win. The season ended better than we had dared hope, we picked up four wins, a draw, and lost just two of our last seven games, finishing the season fourth from bottom. A relief when a few short weeks ago, relegation looked a real possibility. It's beginning to look like this close season is going to be a very long one. The majority of the Football NSW Premier League wants a return to a summer based league, I must admit I'm with them but I'm not in the majority at Manly United. The basic thought is that attendances are so poor in the winter and as most of the teams involved rely to a large part on the takings from their canteens, we need to have more people coming through the gate and buying hot chips! The bigger teams in the League, usually the ones with a Social Club for support still harbour the hope and desire that one day they may find themselves in a league that would be a second division A League with possible promotion to the A League's elite group. I think that this is probably a bit fanciful as is the fallback plan for an Eastern Seaboard League with games against similar ranked Queensland sides. Lovely ideas but financially cloud cuckoo land, at least for Manly United. Still, Sydney Olympic, Sydney United and Marconi Stallions were once in the National league so who can blame them for wanting the glory days back. So, it may be August 2011 before the FNSW Premier League starts up again. There would be a pre season Cup competition starting around June but there could be a lot of elite footballers back in pub teams in the next few months! Having not made it to the play offs this season I won't dwell on them too much but as I write we are days away from the Grand Final. Blacktown City will take on Minor Premiers Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the big game at Parramatta Stadium. Interesting situation as Blacktown hammered Bonnyrigg 4-0 in one of the semi finals, Bonnyrigg getting a second chance after beating Sydney United 3-1 in the Preliminary Final. The season at Cromer Park was not Anna Nakao gets her kick away under pressure from Inter Lions scorer Catherine Cannuli in the First Grade semi final Manly United goal scorer Kristie Crawford receives congratulations from her team mates in the Reserve Grade final