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The Rock-itt : April 2012
but two superbly taken goals first by Scot Balderson then one from new boy Damir Prodanovich saw Manly home in the stern- est test yet of how we will fare this season. A late addition to the Manly squad was returning A league player Chris Payne. Chris has spent time with Sydney FC, North Queensland Fury, and Newcastle Jets and now finds himself alongside quite a few other A League players in the NSW Premier league for the winter. I don’t think Chris has played on many synthetic sur- faces and his appearance in the second half was not helped by his unfamiliarity with the playing surface. There have been a few changes to the first grade squad since last season. Gone is Manly legend Robbie Cattenach who has moved down to Canberra. David Dodds contract ended at the end of last season and he has moved up to Newcas- tle. Joey Gibbs has taken Marconi Stal- lions dollar (probably more than one!) and moved to Bossley Park. Defender Jimmy Oates signed a full contract with Central Coast Mariners and we will see him fea- ture in their A League campaign next season. With Richy Williams who partnered Craig Midgley as Head Coach last sea- son returning to his be- loved Wales our Captain Marc Richards takes over as assistant to Craig for this season. The Mariners Youth close season sees the return of striker Justin Hayward and goalkeeper Dylan Mitchell to Cromer Park. The Manly United side will have a lot of youth about it this season with Mick Willis and Leigh Egger moving up from Grade 20 to First Grade. Ex Grade 20 midfielder Danny Grant had been making real headway in the First Grade at the end of 2011, he suffered a broken leg in the last game of the season but thankfully is now back in action and looking impressive. W e have recruited forwards Todd Bamber from Sydney Olympic and Mitchell Lensink from Pittwater RSL. Rangy midfielder Pascal Julliard is back from a spell in Switzerland and is keen to balance a job in the finan- cial industry with the demands of Premier League training, let’s hope it adds up for him..... The full Manly United 2012 squad is; Dylan Mitchell, Kang Ho Lee, Shaun Bowden, Graeme Forbes, Marc Richards, Pascal Julliard, Roberto Hamad, John Hall, Colin Illey, Daniel Grant, Michael Daly, Matthew Sim, Jordy Edwards, Mitch- ell Lensink, Damir Prodanovich, Mitchell Macedo, Scott Balderson, Adam Foti, Jus- tin Hayward, Todd Bamber, Leigh Egger and Michael Willis. The first game of the new season is on Sunday April 1st and sees Manly down in Blacktown again, this time to play Black- town City at Lily Homes stadium, always a stern test. W e will not have a home game until May 27th when Marconi Stallions will be our first opponents on the new syn- thetic pitch. The rest of our games through April and early May are; Saturday 7th April South Coast Wolves at John Crehan Park, Wollongong ko 7pm, 14th April Sutherland Sharks ko 7pm, 21st April Bonnyrigg White Eagles ko 7pm, Sunday 29th April APIA Leichardt at Lambert Park ko 3pm and Sunday 6th May Rockdale City Suns ko 3pm. After a start like that If we are anywhere near the middle of the league by this time next month we will be doing extreme- ly well! Follow Manly United on Facebook, Twitter @manlyfootball or via the website www.manlyunitedfc.com.au Chris Knevitt’s brilliant shot of a balletic Mitch Macedo Representatives of the teams who will participate in the Football NSW Premier League season 2012 at the season launch