Marlins Dispose of Parra

Marlins dispose of Parramatta to make it four straight!
By Marlins Staff 

What: Shute Shield round 10
Who: Manly v Parramatta
Where: Manly Oval
Result: Manly 64-15
Manly are where on the table: Third (36 points)

80 minutes in 80 seconds: Manly struck first and Parra responded with one of their own before the turning point. Sam Lane was up ended in what can only be described as a terrible tackle that put the Manly fly-half in a very precarious position. To the Parramatta players defence, he clearly knew he had made an error of judgement but the referee had no choice but to raise the red card. The moment seemed to steel Parramatta's resolve and they caused Manly quite a few headaches with their agression and line speed. Alex Northam was real bright spot in an otherwise uninspiring first half. 'Zippy' made some exhilarating runs down the right flank and he looks to be nearing his best form again. The second half started much like the second but around the 60 minute mark the Marlins put the foot down and the undermanned Two Blues simply couldn't stop the late flurry. 5 points in the bank, but much like the Gordon match it was far from pretty. Where it was won: The Marlins piled on the points in the final 20 minutes as the numerical advantage finally told.            
Marlins' best: Alex Northam, Sam Shires, Harry Bergelin & Mick Adams.
What they said: “Parramatta were really feisty and in our face and we struggled to be as good as we wanted to be at times but we had some good patches. We have fresh combinations and we are not humming as smoothly as we would like. We realise we aren't the finished article and in many areas of our attack and defence we'll have to get better” – Manly coach Brian Melrose      

Worth a mention: How tight can this competition get? It looked like Uni and Norths were going to sail off into the distance but the Shoreman are now on equal points with Manly & Eastwood with trailing teams only 3 points behind. The Students lead has been cut to 4 and some some 8 or 9 teams remain in the hunt for the finals. Hold on to your hat!!Where to from here: The Marlins now go into a crucial 3 game period against some real contenders. First up it's the West Harbour Pirates at Concord!