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The Rock-itt : March 2011
Why not give us a try this season, First Grade games are played on Sundays at 3pm at Cromer Park stadium, it will cost an adult $12 to get in, We have a bar and a canteen serving hot food and coffee an English Prem- ier League supporter would die for! Head Coach Craig Midgley will be enjoying his first full season in that position after his predecessor Phil Moss moved to be Graham Arnold’s assistant at the Central Coast Mari- ners during last season. Craig has been working really hard to give us a very compet- itive team for 2011. There are some familiar faces, particularly former Football NSW play- er of the season (twice!) Robbie Cattenach who will be hoping for an injury free season. Jimmy Oates and Justin Hayward are back after their very successful stints with Mari- ners youth and Sydney youth. Midgley man- aged to hold on to David Dodd after much interest from other NSW Premier teams. Scotty Balderstone caught the eye on many occasions last season and will be pivotal this season. New additions to the squad include two Ko- rean players, goalkeeper Kang Ho Lee who has been with Sheffield United youth team for a couple of years and midfielder Lee Soo who has looked very useful so far. The inter- national feel of the team is enhanced by Frenchman Thibault Marchal who seems happy that we should call him ‘Tibo’ and, with the departure of Keith Shevlin we need- ed another Irishman so we have now got Michael Daly. A well buffed Chris Van Leur reappears in the squad after a season’s ab- sence, defender Shaun Bowden is back fully fit after an injury dogged 2010. Big news is that Head Coach Craig Midgley will be back playing this season which is a great boost. We still have warm up games against Bonnyrigg White Eagles (Saturday 5th March KO 7pm) at home. APIA Leichardt away (Saturday 13th March KO &pm) and Black- town City away (Sunday 20th March KO 7pm). The actual season starts for us at 4pm on Sunday 27th March and it’s going to be a tough start. W e open away to Sydney United then Sutherland Sharks at home on Sunday April 3rd , Marconi Stallions away on April 9h , home to Sydney Olympic April 17th and home to Rockdale City Suns April 24th before we travel to new boys Parramatta on May 1st . We scheduled a run of home games at the start of the season because we were expect- ing to lose our pitch midseason in order for the synthetic pitch to be put in. Alas plans have now changed slightly and the new pitch will go in at the end of the season, possibly as early as September. Please come down to Cromer Park to support the top team on the peninsula, don’t forget that the Grade 20’s and Grade 18’s always play before the first team so it’s a bumper football day!! Check out Manly United on Facebook and Twitter (manlyunited),no hyphen, for up to the minute info. Our website is www.manlyunitedfc.com.au Our Korean imports, Goalkeeper Kang Ho Lee (left) and the boy named Soo, Lee Soo (right) Without this man there would be no football at Cromer Park, President of Manly United Keith Pester doing one of the myriad jobs he does to keep it all happening. Sacre bleu! We have a Frenchman!! Thi- bault Marchal will be oozing Gallic charm all over the pitch this season. Chris Van Leur looking in great shape for 2011, Scotty Balderstone finds it hi- larious