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The Rock-itt : April 2011
The new Football NSW Premier League competition started on the weekend of March 26th/27th . This competition is the Premier State Football Championship, second only in quality to the ‘A’ League and Manly United are the peninsula’s rep- resentatives, bringing top class football to the area. The tournament is a semi- professional one played between 12 clubs across New South Wales. The more wealthy clubs are paying some of their top players up to $1,000 per game and I’m sure in a couple of cases probably even more than that, especially as there are A League players coming in to play through the winter. Manly United are not one of the wealthy clubs, being supported in the main by the Manly Warringah Football Association and a few generous sponsors. We need more sponsors; indeed we need a major sponsor who will have naming rights on our playing shirts. If your boss is a soccer fan give him the nudge and tell him to get in touch with Jeremy Toivonen at Manly United. (9982 6228) The clubs involved this season are; Manly United Sutherland Sharks Sydney Olympic South Coast Wolves Sydney United APIA Rockdale City Suns Blacktown City Bankstown City Marconi Stallions Parramatta Bonnyrigg White Eagles Current reigning Minor Premiers are Bonnyrigg White Eagles and the Grand Final Winners and reigning Major Prem- iers are Blacktown City, who beat Bonnyrigg 1-0 in the final back in Sep- tember. This year’s favourites would again have to be Bonnyrigg White Eagles on the strength of how much they have continued to spend on player recruitment and pre- sumably the salaries that go with it. Bonnyrigg benefit from having a very large social club to support them, you can enjoy the experience on the 30th July when we play them at their sports club. Parramatta will be making their debut in the Premier League this season having been promot- ed from The Football NSW Super League. Manly United play all their home games at Cromer Park which is on South Creek Road in Cromer. All our home games will be on Sundays, First Grade kicking off at 3pm preceded by the Grade 20’s at 1pm. It will cost you $12 to get in if you aren’t an MWFA member. There is a licensed bar and Ray’s superb Pizza Restaurant on site as well as Alice Hall and crew in the canteen to keep you topped up. The run up to the new season has been an eventful one with Head Coach Craig Midgley having to build a new team from the handful left from last season. Favour- ites Andrew Mailer and Keith Shevlin have taken the Euro and moved over to Marco- ni Stallions. Captain Joey Schirippa and goalkeeper Brad Swancott have both re- tired. Defenders Roberto Hammad and Pascal Julliard have gone off to see the World, Roberto is currently in Chile and Pascal is in Geneva, Switzerland. They will all be missed but we have new heroes to look up to for Season 2011. The 2011 team has an international feel to it, goal keeping duties will be administered by Korean Kang Ho Lee and his fellow Lee Seung Soo, already on the scoresheet against APIA, he will cause problems for defences this season. Jordan Edwards, already putting his hand up for a first team place this sea- son.