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The Rock-itt : March 2012
As the cricket season nears the final stages of the summer campaign, teams in both Grade cricket and Shires cricket prepare for Finals. This means that Captains start to ensure that their teams are full of players that WILL qualify for finals having played the right amount of games in that Grade. When Clubs like Manly and Warringah are successful throughout all the 5 Grades, this makes selections very tricky and there will be occasions when injuries demand requests for dispensation from the Cricketing Authorities. We are not there yet, thankfully and with only two rounds of the competition proper to go (Rounds 15 and 16) the month of March is a critical one for ambitious Clubs, Captains and players alike. Manly still finds all its teams in strong contention, especially in the race to become Club Champions. Coach Dean Gilchrist has done wonders with the young group of 55 players at his disposal this summer and the energy around the place is catching. With a tough Round this next fortnight against Randwick Petersham, players will have to step up to ensure that finals don’t slip away from their grasp. Typically sides raise their performances at this tim e of the year, desperate to ensure that all the hard work throughout the summ er months isn’t all for nought. Micky Visser makes a great comeback from a shoulder injury This summer has had its challenges and we are all aware of the La Nina effect dragging its heels like a reluctant debutante on the dance floor. It has cost both clubs games and as fate would have it, often against Clubs where maximum points were realistically on offer. But that, as they say, is CRICKET! Unfortunately on the Northern Beaches, where there are only 5 turf wickets (Pittwater Council still hasn’t taken up the challenge of investing in its ratepayer’s children’s future), we get more than our fair share of precipitation, even in an El Nino event. Being so close to the water our grounds are subject to much more rain than those out west. There is of course little pint in bleating about it so we just knuckle down and use the cards with which we are dealt. This is an exciting part of the year and cricket aficionados would do well to find themselves watching cricket at Manly Oval come finals time from the balcony of the new re-appointed Manly Fishos. And for those who Club stalwart Joel Mason at his bashing best! Warringah boys singing their song ( which way is WEST?) report by Simon Lyon