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The Rock-itt : October 2011
fun, a major strength of the teams this sea- son has been their camaraderie and it was more like a family gathering than a formal awards presentation. I think the season has been an excellent one Head Coach Craig Midgley and his assistant Richy Williams put together a team with a hunger to play football rather than earn mon- ey and they competed extremely well against teams with far more dollars at their disposal and won the Waratah Cup as well. There was little luck in the season for them and in too many encounters the judgment of the officials was suspect. Our home game early in the season against Sutherland Sharks highlights this view. Marc Richards thought he had scored late in the game to give us a 3 - 2 victory. He was in the penalty area at- tempting to head the ball into the net, a Sharks defender challenged him with a very high boot, connecting with Marc’s chin leav- ing him with twenty stitches to a face wound. Marc collided with the goalkeeper as he reeled from the attack, the ball ending up in the net. The ref blew to disallow the goal and award a free kick to the Sharks!!!! It was little comfort that Football NSW asked for a copy of the game video and agreed that we should have at least been awarded a penalty. Next season, if things even out, as they should, we could have a really lucky time of it! Good news since I started to write this piece is that Head Coach Craig Midgley has ac- cepted a two-year contract to stay at the club. He won’t have a big budget again for next season and it will be hard to hold on to some of this years stars. Unfortunately we already know that we won’t have the creative services of Robbie Cattenach. Robbie has returned to Canberra and will be looking for a club nearer to home. He has been a great servant to this Club in the last few years and he will be a hard man to replace. Players from our Grade 18’s side will surely figure in our senior teams next season. They had a glorious season, directed by Coach Les Macedo. Unfortunately the pace caught up with them a bit at the end of season and they got pipped to the Minor Championship on goal difference by Sutherland Sharks. However! They were matched against the Sharks in their Preliminary Final, 1-1 after extra time. Revenge was theirs, they beat the Sharks on penalties to be reach the Grand Final . Maybe I’ll change my mind about the play off series now! Club Captain Marc Richards gets his “Directors Player of the Season” award from Head Honchos Ray Fanning and Keith Pester in a shot that sums up the spirit of our Club. Les Macedo, the Grade 18’s achieved runners up in the League and a place in the Grand Final under his guidance.