“All the boys are up for this game,” said MMMs captain and No 7, Kotone Ale. “I am very proud to be captain for the first time against the Rats.” Pulling on the blue guernsey for this game is an important moment for the players with so much history and in front of the largest club rugby crowd of the season.
The anticipation is high around the club as friends turn to foes to earn the ascendency on the beaches. It doesn’t matter where you are on the table, previous results, team selections – this is the time everyone pulls together.
“We’ve had a low key preparation,” said MMMs coach Damien “Turtle” Cummins. “After a bruising game last weekend we wanted to focus on some more technical issues such as scrimmaging and one on one defence.”
The Rats backline played with real pace and attacking prowess to win at Rat Park last season. “They have a good backline and we have a new back line and so it will be a real test,” said Kotone.
Manly rugby is saddened to announce the passing of Annie Hill.
Read the reports through the grades here
This was always going to be a good test of Manly's desire and ability to get the job done no matter the circumstances.
The Pirates represent a tough nugget. After a slow start to the season they have picked up the scalps of both Easts and last week, Uni.
So the oft used chestnut is; can the MMMs get themselves up for this game after the convincing win against Eastwood last weekend?
“All the talk after the Uni game was whether we could get up for the Gordon game,” said MMMs half back Matt Lucas suggesting it wasn’t the best preparation mentally. The MMMs were pretty flat against Gordon but came away with the win.
“We got flogged at training on Tuesday by the JTrain (MMMs fitness coach),” so no dwelling on the sweet Woodies victory. “Next job, move on, is the attitude.”
No changes to the MMMs team sheet.
The Manly Marlins are delighted to announce that the Women's Seven's programme is being relaunched! We are on the look out for new recruits, so if you know of any potential team members, give us a shout!
Following on from the huge success of Ladies Day this year,
we are continuing to raise money for Bear Cottage by auctioning the Pink Marlin
Jerseys that our First Grade team wore on Saturday.
The Auction closes at 10am tomorrow morning, so please head over to our Facebook page to place your bids
and become the proud owner of one of those awesome one-off jerseys, whilst
raising money for a very worthy cause in the process!
Talk about exorcising demons!
In one of the best 80-minute performances seen at Manly Oval in a long time, the Marlins pummelled reigning champions Eastwood 41-18 on Saturday to make it nine wins in a row.
Back at the scene of last year's semi-final crime - and against the same opposition – the men in blue (with a shade of pink to commemorate Ladies Day) racked up six tries to two to decimate the Woodies.
Manly have been in this position plenty of times in the past and blown it, but there is a definite smell (in a good way) about what coach Damien Cummins and his team is building.
Turtle has never lacked confidence and isn't about to go shy on us now.
The Woods forward pack in 2's has been strong for a couple of years now and it was their forwards that took the win after the bell in the corresponding game last year.
Manly got points on the board early albeit from an ordinary penalty kick from the Woods that that didn't find touch, followed by a miss timed kick from Treweek which he regathered and scored under the sticks – 7 zip after 3 minutes. Woods replied with a shot at goal and it was 7 – 3.
The Manly scrum was constantly under pressure, but the team continued to play good ball in hand rugby and dominated the tight stuff with good body height and support enabling possession to be retained and to keep working the way down field. Having earned a penalty and taken the lineout option, tidy ball was secured off the top. Mitch Daniels peeled off the back and took advantage of the open space. He was brought down short of the line - quick ball back down the blind side and over for a try that went unconverted.
Here are the the match timings for this weekend's Round 9 top of the table clash vs Eastwood. It's going to be a huge day, so come on down and support the boys! We will have cold Nomad beer on tap, Oliver's Pies aplenty, and as it is Ladies Day we will be raising money for our very worth cause - Bear Cottage. See you there!
4th Grade - 10:45
3rd Grade - 12:00
2nd Grade - 13:25
1st Grade - 3:00pm
This will be the biggest game of the season so far. There is plenty of extra spice for this one, with the Woodies on top of the table and holding the bragging rights after they defeated the MMMs in the semi at Village Green last year.
“They have some good, tough players and are well organised,” commented MMMs coach, Damien
“Turtle” Cummins. “Players such as Waratah contracted hooker, Hugh Roach, and second rower Jared Barry, are tough competitors. Also they have a big winger, John Grant, and their fullback is quality (Ben Batger).”
So there will be some big match ups!
“We have prepared well and the boys had a lot of fun at a sumo wrestling session on Monday night. Thanks to J Train (MMMs fitness coach) for organising it.
By Adam Lucius
Get in your car one day and drive from Manly to Cronulla.
Then do it another four times in the same week.
That way you will have some appreciation of what Manly centre Dennis Pili-Gaitau goes through most weeks to ensure he's delivering for the Marlins each Saturday.
The quick-stepping centre travels in the opposite direction - the Shire to Manly – for training, recovery and on match day, but the heavy travel load hasn't dulled his brilliance.
In fact, it's been the complete opposite.
The No.13 was arguably Manly's best in a comprehensive 34-3 win over Randwick at Coogee Oval on Saturday.
By David Beat
Well a trip to Randwick, and the Wicks are sitting comfortably throughout the grades and one could say flying under the radar after last year. With Melrose, Vail and Dombkins having a week off there were a few changes to the piggies in 2's – in came Phelps, Baranyi and Meaney, and changes impact continuity so we had to play hard and tight.
We were camped in our own half for the first 15 minutes, and they converted territory into points with 2 penalties and a good try by running a tight channel. We opted to play ball in hand rugby and turned down 4 shots at goal in the first half and opted for the line out, unfortunately the continuity at the line outs didn't result in points and the Wicks returned us back down field – 13 nil at oranges and it could have been a 1 point game.