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The Rock-itt : July 2011
The season continues to be, well... inter- esting. If you come to Manly United’s games uncommitted, just turning out for some fresh air and good football, you would be well happy with what’s being served up. As a committed Manly United fan it’s a different matter. Our opposi- tions goal areas seem constantly to be guarded by an unseen force field ever frustrating the Manly boys by shielding the tiny goal we are trying to penetrate. Our forward’s footwear develops hidden angles, which deflect the ball towards the corner posts or over the bar. So many chances are going missing some- thing weird is definitely happening. We are however having a great Cup run. Having been the Tiger Turf Cup then the McDonalds Cup this season we have the Waratah Cup or in plain language “we can’t get a sponsor” Cup. The NSW Prem- ier League teams came into the Competi- tion at Round Three and we were drawn at home to Danda- loo from the Illawarra League. At least we were at home be- fore yet more bloody rain came belting down and with our pro- posed synthetic pitch not going in until the end of the year we hastily agreed to play Dandaloo on Sutherland’s carpet down at Seymour Shaw. I knew it would be a challenge and that is just what it proved to be. Dandaloo are no pushovers being Illawar- ra Football Association League Champions 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009. Grand Final Winners 2009 & 2010, Bert Bampton Cup Winners 2006,2009 & 2010. What do you mean you’ve never heard of Bert Bampton??? It was Dandaloo who went into the sheds at half time a goal to the good and it was not until the hour mark that Robbie Cat- tenach got the equalizer for United. Manly were pushed to the limit though both sides had good chances. The introduction of Manly ‘super sub” Justin Hayward proved the difference though, two unstop- pable shots in the last ten minutes taking the score to 3-1 but Dandaloo still would- n’t lie down with former Mariners player Alvin Ceccoli making it 3-2 in injury time. Not enough though and Manly progressed to Round four. Unfortunately the rigours of a hard game on Thursday night proved too much for Manly when they met Blacktown at home in the League three days layer on Sunday June 5 th . They were taken to the cleaners by a side determined to win to honour their team mate Tyler Simpson who tragically took his own life just over a week before. The 2010 Grand Final winners came out 3- 0 winners at Cromer Park and Manly could have little complaint. They were missing both play- maker David Dodd who had succumbed to injury against Dandaloo and striker Adam Foti but the defeat was clinical. Man- ager Craig Midgley said, “I don’t like making excuses, but we looked a little tired, the Cup game on Thursday took a lot out of us and I don’t have the depth to mix things up. Credit to Black- town, they took their chances and we didn’t really look like scoring.” It was probably useful that the next game was not in the League but against Fraser Park in the next round of the Waratah Welcome support in the cold from 18’s and 20’s players at the Waratah Cup game against Fraser Park. Mick Willis in shorts!!!!! Crazy face of the month award to Danny Grant who is firmly put- ting himself in the frame for a First Team place.