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The Rock-itt : September 2011
The team’s success in the Waratah Cup, beating Super League team Mounties Wan- derers was very welcome last month. A 4-0 victory on the neutral ground out at Bonnyrigg White Eagles giving us the first trophy the men have won since the mid nineties. The first couple of League games after the cup win had only given us 1 point from a possible four so our tilt at the playoffs was getting tougher but was still possible. Our first game after the last issue of Rock-itt saw us heading back to Bonnyrigg, this time to take on the incumbents in what was al- ways going to be a tricky fixture. Bonnyrigg started the game faster and bossed the first twenty minutes. United started to stamp some authority on the game after this open- ing period and were perhaps a little unlucky not to go to the break in front. After the goal- less first half a golden chance soon came begging for the Manly boys. Bonnyrigg’s Chris Tardrosse handled a goal bound head- er from Mic Richards and received his marching orders. Playing ten men and with a penalty to convert surely this match was heading our way....... Alas not, Adam Foti couldn’t get the better of Andrew Bazi in the Bonnyrigg goal and the chance was spurned. The second half was entertaining, the spoils more or less even, Manly’s defence held strong and a point at Bonnyrigg is always worth having. Manly Head Coach summed it up saying “I would have been happy with a point going to Bonnyrigg but in the end I am disappointed we did not get more from it.” It was encouraging that the defence did so well especially as they were missing Jimmy Oates and Michael Daly who have both had excellent seasons in defence. Daly was in- jured with a calf strain but Jimmy Oates was up in the UK training with Division Two side Sheffield United. Sheffield United have a relationship with the Central Coast Mariners, Jimmy did well for Mariners Youth last sea- son and is on the verge of getting a full time contract up at Gosford. He has just been called back to the Mariners youth squad for the 2011-12 season. Jimmy got to play for Sheffield United reserves and scored twice in a pre-season fixture. Craig Midgley should maybe look at giving him the number nine shirt if we get him back next season! Next game in the month looked like a fairly easy task for the Manly boys at home on Cromer Park. Bottom club APIA Leichardt were the visitors and they hadn’t won a game since John Howard was Prime Minis- ter (not really!). The inevitable happened, we were really poor; Roberto Hammad got him- self sent off nine minutes into the second half for a last man tackle in the penalty box on APIA’s Anthony Hartshorn. Chris James made no mistake with the penalty giving Dylan Mitchell no chance in the Manly goal. Veteran Robbie Younis rubbed salt into the wounds with a minute to go with a tap in. A 2-0 defeat at home and eight points adrift from the top five. Not good!! A long drive to Wollongong the Sunday after to take on South Coast Wolves at John Crehan Park. W e had roasted them 4-1 on We missed this shot from last month. Captain Mic Richards holds aloft the Waratah Cup and the team seem quite please with the outcome! Jimmy Oates, playing for Sheffield Unit- ed reserves in a pre season friendly. Former Sydney Fc player Brendan Gan, currently plying his trade at Bonnyrigg.