Preseason was ramped up to a new level this week through the introduction of some heavyweight coaching support, showing that the Manly Marlins mean business this season.
First Grade coach Damien Cummins welcomed a number of illustrious names to the training session last week, including former Wallaby and current Waratahs Assistant Coach Nathan Grey, former Wallabies Ross Reynolds, Philip Cox and Richard Tombs, ex- Waratah Steve Talbot, and members of the '97 premiership winning team Simon Fenn and Matt Curll.
The session, which it is hoped will be replicated through the season, was really well received by the players and coaching staff alike, as players prepare for their first match away to Paramatta on 21st March.
Manly Rugby Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Melrose as Club captain for the 2015 season.
"I am delighted and honoured to have been given this opportunity. Dan Boland did a great job last year, and I'd like to thank him. Hopefully you'll see plenty more of the same this season" said Melrose.
"Last year finished on a huge high for me as the Captain of the Colin Caird Shield winning side, and I'm hoping that 2015 will be even more successful. "
Ryan has played at the club since 2003 when he joined the Colts, before progressing through to grade in 2005, and has played 171 games so far for the Marlins.
"It has been a massive part of my life, and I'm thrilled that my playing career with Manly now has a further dimension. I'm looking forward to working with my team mates to fulfil this key role within the club"
Preseason training with the Marlins is now in full swing, with full details of our playing squads and fixtures to be detailed shortly.
It is with great sadness that Manly Rugby announces the passing of Tom Prendergast. As an ardent Manly fan for many years, Tom rarely missed an opportunity to support the Marlins, and will be deeply missed at the Village Green on a Saturday afternoon. Our thoughts are with Tom's family and friends, and we extend our deepest sympathies to them. The funeral will be held at Mary Immaculate, Whistler St on Friday 16th January at 10:30.
The Manly Marlins are looking for the next Sevens Stars! Are you ready to give it a go?
With excitement building around preseason, the Sevens season is in full swing, and the Manly Marlins are looking to make their success in the Sevens programme even better, with action in both Mens' and Womens' teams.
February is 'Sevens month', with the Manly Marlins scheduled to play at four Sevens tournaments around NSW. The Marlins are looking at repeating the previous successes in this fast-paced abbreviated version of rugby and are therefore looking to extend the Sevens squad. There will be more action later in the year too, so watch this space!
So if you are an experienced Sevens player and are keen to take a piece of the action, hone your Sevens skills and be involved in the latest Olympic sport, come down to the Manly Marlins Sevens trial training session on Wednesday 14 January at Keirle Park at 18:30.
Attention girls and women! Are you sporty and looking for a great new sport? Are you the next Sevens Star?
As you have no doubt heard, the Shute Shield will not be televised on the ABC in 2015 as a result of government funding cuts, a devastating blow to Club Rugby. Whilst the SRU are working behind the scenes to source an alternate broadcaster, it's vital that supporters of Manly Rugby voice their concerns and opinions by signing this on line petition. You actions can make a difference!