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The Rock-itt : October 2010
Chief Scout Jim (The Jet) Trevenar spoke to The Rock-itt about Manly's achievements this season, he said; "Manly United has progressed from a mediocre Super Youth League set up to, based on this year's results, one of the top three Premier Youth League clubs in the competition. I believe the NSW Premier Youth League to be the top youth league competition in Australia so we should all be proud of what we have achieved. We won't rest on our laurels; we will continue to provide the environment that enables young players to develop as footballers and to live their dreams. " Jim said that he felt the most important part of the club are our juniors and he highlighted their success in winning the Frank Broughton Cup, a state- wide competition for under 11's. Jim spoke of Anthony Kalik and Lachie Wales who were both chosen for the NSW squad in the National Titles played in Canberra. On the strength of their performances in that squad they went on to be part of the Australian under 13's squad which competed in the Asian Football Conference Festival in Borneo. Joel Anscomb from the Grade 18's has been chosen to be part of the Australian under 18's to tour China and Japan in 2011. Under 15's Jack Green, Callum Elder and Dominic Ferguson have all been selected to play for NSW in the National titles held in Coffs Harbour this month. These are great days for the young guns at Manly, Jim went on to remind us of where some of our former Youth players have gone with their careers. "Lucas Neill is a World Star with 53 Socceroos caps so far. Dylan Macallister is currently with Wellington Phoenix, having won an under 17 World Cup runners up medal with Australia in 1999 and a National Soccer League title with Sydney Olympic. Another former Lucas Neill Scholarship winner Chris Payne is now with North Queensland Fury after a very successful season with Sydney FC. Mitch Austin is with Rotherham United and Matt Fletcher is with Premier League Sunderland both in the UK. Matt also recently played for the Australian under 20's in an AFF tournament in Vietnam. Joey Gibbs has signed with Olympique Charleroi in Belgium after a 2010 season with Sydney FC which was topped off by a huge contribution to Manly Uniteds First Grade team. Joey was also a Lucas Neill Scholarship winner. Aidan D'Arcy has signed with Huddersfield Town, currently riding high in UK's League One. Justin Hayward, Jimmy Oates and Dylan Mitchell are all making their first moves into the big time after coming through the ranks at Manly". Jim went ahead to pay tribute to the current coaches with noticeable reference to the Head Coach of the Metro League sides Richard Paddle, particularly for his assistance to Nick Tomaino. Whilst First Grade fell short of what we expect at Manly this year, the inevitable departure of Phil Moss to the Mariners as assistant coach to Graham Arnold was clearly unsettling for the team during the season. New Head Coach Craig Midgley assisted by Richie Williams will be building on the wonderful success of our Youth for next season, just a shame that it looks like they'll have to wait until August to do that with the NSW Premier League looking odds on to move to a summer schedule. Contact me at email@example.com Follow Manly United on Twitter #manlyunited Jim Trevenar, Richie Williams, Nick Tomaino, MWFA President Ray Fanning and Keith Pester congratulate Tonu on his Lucas Neill Scholarship Lucas Neill with Chris Payne when Chris was recipient of the LN Scholarship in 2007 Former Manly United player Matt Fletcher, currently scoring for fun with Sunderland Head Trainer Craig Midgley (centre) explaining to Alex Hunt (left) why his haircut may be holding him back from a regular first team place. Matt Sim and Scotty Balderstone get the joke!