THE Manly Marlins have started the season in rousing fashion and boosted their coffers at the same time by winning the annual Crescent Head Sevens tournament at the weekend.

In a thrilling final, the Marlins scored on the bell in extra time to beat Parramatta 29-24 - thanks to a sensational solo try by promising young colt and player of the tournament Sam Brisby.

And they did it with six men after Harry Bergelin was sent off in controversial circumstances for querying a referee’s decision.

The $5000 prizemoney will go towards the club’s US tour at the end of the year. The win was a great lead-up to the Kiama Sevens this Saturday, where Manly go in as defending champions.

The winning squad was Anthony Bergelin, Harry Bergelin, Ryan Melrose, Jack Brisby, Sam Brisby, Jacob Woodhouse, Dane Maraki, Anthony Calavassy, Sione Ala, Corey Murphy, Richard Hooper and Adam Crerar.