With seven wins out of seven, our season got off to a flying start last weekend, and there were some fantastic performances from players both new & old.
This weekend sees the first home game of the season, although, as you may be aware, Manly Oval is unavailable to us. In fact, the phenomenal season that Manly Cricket are enjoying sees them host their semi-finals at the Oval this weekend, and we wish them all the very best.
Consequently our fixture vs Penrith will be held at Wakehurst Rugby Ground, Waldon Rd, Belrose. All of the usual timings will be in place, and we are hoping that you will join us there.
Normal service will be resumed during our second home game on the 18th April, vs Gordon.
By Adam Lucius
Manly ushered in a fresh new era under first-year coach Damien Cummins with a resounding 54-20 win over Parramatta at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park.
Often a graveyard for visiting clubs, a dominant first half ensured the Death Valley curse would not afflict the Marlins on a blustery afternoon in the west.
Manly scored five tries to open up a 35-3 lead at the break and cruised to a comfortable win to ensure coach Damien Cummins' Shute Shield coaching career started on a high note.
Turtle has made plenty of losing trips home from Parramatta so he was rapt to get the five points and chalk off Merrylands for the year.
"It was good. You can go out there and get caught up in trying to entertain and get scrappy and lose, but we stuck to our guns and did what we wanted to do," he said. Read more...
Second Grade Scrape Home
By Neil Meyer
The first hit out of the season proved to be a tough day for the seconds as they snuck home with a two point win over a determined Parramatta second grade side who could smell blood in the water with 3 minutes left on the clock.
Some solid defence had kept Parramatta out for best part of the game but a one off lapse saw them cross the try-line at the start of the first half after which Manly struggled to regain structure and build momentum to put the opponents away.
There were some very strong individual performances with new Kiwi hooker Vance Elliot leading the charge to take 3 points away for best on ground.
3rd Grade report
By Geoff Ridddington
The message from new coaches John (JD) Davaine and Roscoe Fairjones was simple, play tight disciplined rugby, do not push passes, play two wide of the ruck, support the ball player and concentrate on our set play.
With these instructions set in motion the team dominated the first 12 minutes resulting in good field position and secured a scrum win on Parras line. Half Nic Smart shifted quick ball to fly half, Ben Rubio, who then off loaded to Pete Squires who took on the line, drawing two defenders. Pete threw a flat pass to Elliot Foils, who came off the blind wing, splitting the defence scoring untouched. Pete Squires converted; Manly 7-0. Read more...
The Shute Shield finally kicks off this weekend, with the four grades heading out to Paramatta. The Colts, this year joined by a fourth Under 18s team will be in action at Bantry Bay.
**Please note that Round 2 next weekend vs Penrith will be held at Wakehurst Rugby Club due to the unavailability of Manly Oval**
After 57 years on ABCTV Australia's Premier Rugby Competition the Shute Shield will be seen on Network 7 in 2015.
After discussions with all Networks New South Wales Rugby Union have received preliminary contracts from Network 7 and plans are in place to broadcast the match of the day live each Saturday on 7TWO.
The Seven Network has contracted CRTV to broadcast the Shute Shield which will be shown regionally through the Prime Network.
A joint formal announcement will be made this week with the Round 1 match to be from Woollahra Oval where Eastern Suburbs host Gordon.