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Rays Score Five Tries, But Fall To Melbourne Rising On The Road

BY MARK CASHMAN 

 

THE Macquarie Uni North Harbour Rays have started their 2014 National Rugby Championship campaign with a 34-55 loss to the Melbourne Rising at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

  

The Rays scored five tries and played some adventurous Rugby in front of 2187 hard core Melbourne fans, but were edged out of the contest in the middle of the second half by a flurry of Rising tries.

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Grand Final Winners!

The reserve grade came away with the first Grand Final silverware for the club since 2007 in a convincing performance. In typical finals footy, every player and sub gave absolutely everything.

"A senior player told me that the first 20mins was some of the hardest and fastest rugby he had played," said MMM reserve grade coach, Dan Brown. It was a frantic first half and the MMMs had to absorb huge pressure and saw little quality ball.

"We sort of expected that," said MMM captain, Ryan Melrose. "But the confidence in the team was such that we knew we could keep taking them on."

Six all at half time and 40 minutes remaining of the season with club's hopes on their shoulders. Read more...

Colts Second and Third Grade Grand Finals against Sydney University

Forshaw Park is never a particularly hospitable venue for Marlins games, with a long trip and usually a difficult wind to contend with. On Sunday, the travel was the least of the problems for the opposing Grand Finalists; the second and third grade Colts grand finals were held in conditions that resembled a battlefield in the Dark Ages: torrential rain, swirling wind and a bog for a pitch.

Fundamentally the conditions made the results a lottery but full credit has to be given to our players for giving absolutely everything.

Third grade – 0-3 loss

From the kick off, this was going to be a chaotic game to referee. Deep puddles were all over the pitch, there was little or no grip in the turf and so, from playing the Competition Rounds where the suggestion of rain had the game deferred, the teams had to adapt to unfamiliar conditions and dig in to secure the ball and make any headway. Read more...

Second Grade victorious in a huge weekend of mixed fortunes

A stunning performance by the Second Grade Manly Marlins saw them power to a 34-13 victory vs Sydney University at Concord Oval, to lift the Colin Caird Shield on Saturday afternoon. A full match report will follow, but in the meantime, some of the awesome scenes from the afternoon can be viewed here

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The highlights of the epic match can be viewed on our You Tube Channel

Manly Marlins TV Click Here

Down at Forshaw on Sunday afternoon, amidst a deluge of heavy rain, things did not go as well for our Colts, with 3rd grade loosing a sodden game 3-0, and 2nd grade loosing 13-12 with a Uni penalty kick stealing the victory with the last kick of the game. Taking a look at the photos here will demonstrate the conditions in which our guys were battling, and our Colts did us proud by having a representation in two out of three of the Colts Grand Finals, and we are looking forward to a strong future as they progress through the ranks

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Cousin Captains to battle it out in the Reserve Grade Final

MMMs vs Sydney Uni - 12.50pm, Sat, 16th August, Concord Oval

"Yeah I'll be playing against Benn," said MMMs reserve grade captain, Ryan Melrose, about playing his first cousin and captain of the Uni 2nds, Benn Melrose. "He is a competitive flanker and it will definitely add some spice to the game!"

Benn went straight from school to study at Sydney Uni and hence his involvement at the Uni club. On the other hand Ryan has played grade for the MMMs since 2005.

"I was in the finals reserve grade teams in 2005 and 2006 but missed out on the winning final in 2007 through injury," said Ryan.

An interesting stat is that 2nd grade has been the most successful team at the club in terms of winning the Grand Final. Since 1936 they have played in 54 final series and made the Grand Final 25 times with a won 12, lost 13 record (with thanks to club statistician, Bruce Stevenson). Read more...

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