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The Rock-itt : September 2011
this ground only a month before as we dumped them out of the Waratah Cup. It’s an interesting ground to play at especially at night when the steelworks in the distance is lighting up the sky like the very jaws of Hell. It was still Hell that Sunday afternoon, an injury hit Manly succumbing 2-1 to a resur- gent Wolves. Joey Gibbs looking to have rescued us with an equaliser only to have one of the most astonishing off side goals this season snatch away the point. Craig Midgley was apoplectic when I talked to him the day after; Lord knows what he was like when it actually happened. Sorry, but the team have had no luck at all this season. That was the end of our play off pretensions, the only thing left to play for now was mid table respectability. Just before going to press Manly were away to Bankstown who have had a horror sea- son, this time we didn’t let the Hoodoo of playing an out of form team upset us, Justin Hayward netting the winner with 20 minutes to go. Two more games to play, away to Blacktown on August 28th , they have already qualified for the play offs. W e then have our final game home to Parramatta Eagles on Sunday September 4th and hopefully some revenge as they inflicted our worst defeat of the season, 5-1, when we played them away earlier in the year. Sydney Olympic are still top of the table de- spite having a terrible month, Sydney United and Sutherland Sharks are hot on their heels for the minor premiership. W e live to fight another day! Respect due to Manly United’s Under 18’s who convincingly won their League and to the Grade 20 Manly United side who ended the season with a superb run. There is movement on the long awaited syn- thetic pitch for Cromer Park. The tender was released at the end of August with comple- tion projected for the end of May 2012. Hopefully we will at least be able to play the second half of the 2012 season at home. The Council propose to capture all the rain- water from the new field and the Lucas Neill stand, storing it in a 500,000 litre under- ground tank, This would then be used for watering all the pitches at Cromer park when necessary, nifty eh? The pitch installation is a pretty big job with lots of complications but it’s clear to see with all the dreadful wet weather we have had, life with a synthetic pitch will be a lot easier! Just as we went to press Manly United had an impressive 4-2 win away at Blacktown! Follow Manly United on Facebook o r Twitter o r check in with the website manlyunitedfc.com.au Thanks to Chris Knevitt for the Pictures! Irishman Michael Daly has had a bril- liant season at Manly which ended prematurely due to a calf injury. I usually write about the Manly United First Grade men in this column but I must give respect to one of the legends of the Women's game. Former Matilda and leading light at Manly United Gill Foster announced her retirement from the game last month. She will be sorely missed.