Marlins Sunk late by Shoreman

Brave Manly sunk late by Shoremen
By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 2
Who: Manly v Northern Suburbs
Where: Manly Oval
Result: Norths 25-21
Manly are where on the table: Fifth (6 points)
 
80 minutes in 80 seconds: A tit-for-tat first half saw both sides score a try each and exchange penalties goals for an 11-8 scoreline in the Marlins’ favour. Norths got the jump early in the second half, scoring their second try to edge ahead 15-11. For the third time in the game, Manly quickly regained the lead – 16-15 - via a try to the impressive Michael Adams. But that was a signal for Norths to up the ante and they effectively put the game to bed with back-to-back tries as Manly centre Kevin Fuavao was cooling his heels in the bin. Manly scored at the death through prop Makani Fuavao to secure a bonus point.    
              
Where it was lost: The Marlins went punch for punch all the way but those back-to-back Norths tries in the last 15 minutes proved a bridge too far. Manly’s effort and commitment on another hot April day could not be faulted.  
 
Marlins' best: Michael Adams, Kotoni Ale, Alex Westgarth, Harry Bergelin         
 
What they said: “It was a really decent effort. We missed a few winning moments and they just finished that bit stronger.” – Manly coach Brian Melrose       
 
Worth a mention: How about Russell ‘Rusty’ Mackie making a cameo in fifth grade at the ripe old age of 71! It was game 378 for this Marlins legend – and they won. Rusty’s made it clear to Billy that he’s available for first grade should injuries hit.            
 
Where to from here: We are on the road south to Forshaw to meet Southern Districts. Both sides are 1-1 after two rounds

Ladies Day - home game vs Norths, 3pm, Sat 28th May, Manly Oval

Ladies day is one of the highlights at Manly Oval during the Shute Shield season. Tickets are sold out and no doubt it will be a fun afternoon. Remember to get to the player auction in the bowlo afterwards!

Also there will be ladies sevens games after first grade – so an actioned pack afternoon as well.

After losing all four grades last weekend against Easts, the players won’t be thinking of all the frivolity on the side line. Norths will be a tough proposition and have the best defensive record in the comp. The MMMs 1st Grade team is lying 6th on the table and needs to get some winning momentum to ensure all’s good at the pointy end of the season.

“Yeah we were devastated last weekend,” said MMM loose head prop Mitch Lewis. “We just have to pick ourselves up and move on.

“We’ve upped the intensity at training and had some positive sessions. We have to improve the quality of our play.”

A number of injuries have forced changes this weekend. Scott Bradley comes in at no 9 replacing injured Tim Donlan. “He has lots of energy and likes to talk on the field which is good,” said Mitch about Scott, an ex Rat player.

Flanker Harry Bergelin is out which has led to a pack re-shuffle, John Baranyi comes in at prop. “He won four tight heads last weekend and played really well,” added Mitch. Hayden Stringer moves to lock. He is a versatile player and combine well with Ryan Melrose, playing his 200th game for the MMMs. Congratulations!

In other news, MMMs first grade coach, Damien “Turtle” Cummins, has been selected coach of the North Harbour Rays.

“There was no panic after half time when Easts scored a try,” said Mitch about last weekend’s game where the MMMs surrender a big first half lead. “But we gave away some silly penalties. We’ve got to find a way to close out those tight games.

“It is a tough call for the coaches to make in sending replacements on. But everyone does their best and more often than not fresh legs help,” Mitch continued.

Introducing the Manly Mermaids

mermaid

The Manly Mermaids are an exciting group of players with fantastic sporting background and many ties to the Manly Rugby club. Familiar names like Aliyah Helu (daughter of ex-Marlin and Mermaids coach Alex Helu) has continued the Manly rugby family tradition by wearing the manly jersey, together with Mikaela Hedge who is excited to now be able to put on the boots as well after watching her brother Rohan play for the Marlins.

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