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The Rock-itt : November 2011
The Football NSW season ended as the last Rock-itt went to press, Sydney Olym- pic beat Sydney United in the Grand Final 2-0 to become the Major as well as the Minor Premiers, well done to them. At Manly the close season got off to a great start with Manly United Head Coach Craig Midgley and his lovely girlfriend Joanna announcing their engagement. This was shortly followed by assistant Coach Richy Williams‟s wife Emma giving birth to a beautiful daughter Ally, a sister for their boy Griff. The World is good at Manly. The annual award of the Lucas Neill Schol- arship took place in the middle of October, the recipient being Jack Green from Manly United‟s Under 16‟s team. Jack is a left foot- ed striker/attacking midfielder and the award will enable him to have the chance in Janu- ary to trial with at least two professional foot- ball clubs in the UK and Europe. The prize also includes boots and clothing from Nike, a Sony video camera plus $500 spending money courtesy of Freshwater Community Bank. The Lucas Neill Scholarship was founded in 2006, and was first awarded to the now Newcastle Jets striker Chris Payne. It pro- vides the award winner with the opportunity to experience life as a professional footballer and trial at top football clubs in Europe and the UK, in the past these have included West Ham, Everton, Charlton, Blackburn, Leeds United, Galatasaray and Ipswich Town. Lucas presented the award at Cromer Park the morning after he led Australia to a 3-0 win over Oman. He confirmed that the con- tinuation of his scholarship is something he is very proud of. Lucas said, "The scholar- ship creates a pathway and an opportunity for a young player to live the dream of being a professional footballer. I'm proud to be able to give Jack the opportunity to impress, and hopefully experience the things that I've been lucky enough to experience with foot- ball." He continued, "Jack won the minor premiership with Manly United this year. He scores plenty of goals but importantly; he's a very good team player. You can see he's got that twinkle in his eyes and dreams of being a professional footballer, I'm proud to be able to give him the chance to go over and just have a crack at it." Jack Green was understandably excited at the announcement, and was eager to head over to Europe to test himself against some of the world's best young players. He said; "It's a massive opportunity to be able to go there and compete with the elite players in Europe. Lucas has been really generous to the club by sending players overseas to giveitagoandIthankhimalotfortheop- portunity," Rock-itt has spoken with the previous win- ners of this award and they all had a fantas- tic time and learned a lot from the experi- ence, we‟ll be talking with Jack about his experience as well. Lucas Neill in front of the Cromer Park stand which is named after him presents Jack Green with the Lucas Neill Scholarship award. Jack Green, Europe bound!! Two new Mariners. Justin Hayward (left) and goalkeeper Dylan Mitchell