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The Rock-itt : April 2012
The season has barely started and al- ready Manly United are trophy winners! Manly United Under 15’s that is. They were crowned 2012 Manchester United Premier Cup NSW Champions after an exhilarating 2-0 win after a penalty shootout against Sydney United at Black- town Football Park last month. Manly goalkeeper Jake Soutter saved two penal- ties in the shoot out after the game had ended goal less. They also beat Marconi Stallions on their way to the final with goals from James Cain and George Firth. Coach Fernando Lambert and his assis- tant Danilo Gama are extremely proud of their boys as is Head of Youth league Nick Tomaino. As we went to print the Manly United boys were down in Melbourne, flown there by the competitions sponsors Nike to compete in the Australian and New Zealand final. A win will see them in Beijing for the World Final!!! This is the second time a Manly Under 15 side has made it to the Australian Final, hopefully this time they can go all the way! Now to the big boys and the 2012 Football NSW Premier League season was an- nounced with much ceremony at The Syd- ney Football (Allianz) Stadium a couple of weeks ago in the presence of Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley. Also present were a host of former NSW Premier League players who have gone on to shape the Australian game we have today. They were; Mark Rudan, Ufuk Ta- lay, Alex Tobin, Sash Petrovski, David Zdrillic, Peter Katholos, Paul Wade, Rob- bie Stanton, Craig Foster, Peter Tsekenis, Luke Casserly, Pablo Cardozo, Francis Awaritefe and Jean Paul de Marigny. Our league is well established as a major start- ing point for players wanting a career with- in the game. Not all make it, the dedica- tion to play at this level is extremely de- manding and the rigours of an intense training schedule play havoc with a play- er’s personal life. W e love them for their dedication though and I am constantly taken aback at the quality presented on the park. Sydney Olympic will again be the team to beat this season; they were last seasons conquering heroes completing the double winning both major and minor premier- ships. Bankstown City was relegated from the league last season and their place this year is taken by Blacktown Spartans. Manly United continued their pre-season friendly series with a trip to the Spartans on March 17th, prior to that however they took on Northbridge at Cromer Park. The pre-season had been good for Manly Unit- ed, in the four games up to the rather un- friendly friendly with Northbridge they had scored 26 and conceded only 1! North- bridge brought the Manly boys crashing to Earth when they took the lead after four minutes with their aggressive style surpris- ing United who didn’t get their act together until the second half, coming back eventu- ally to win 2-1. Head Coach Craig Midgley was philosophi- cal and felt the Northbridge game had been a good test. The subsequent game against Blacktown Spartans on the their impressive synthetic pitch in the new Blacktown Football Stadium complex was another solid examination of where Manly United are with their pre season tuning. Spartans took the lead just before half time The victorious Manly United Under 15’s. winners of the Manchester United Premier State Cup! Jake Soutter’s face tells it all, I’ve just saved two penalties and we’ve won a Final!!! Manly new boy Todd Bamber