While most of us enjoyed a lazy summer, a group of young men from Manly have being slaving away in preparation for the winter months.
With the start of the Sydney Rugby competition only a few weeks away Manly Colts are ready to show that their four month long pre season has been worth it.
Manly Colts head coach Jono Harvey started preparations for his second year in charge not long after the conclusion of a strong 2011 showing. Harvey was keen to show a professional platform even before he knew which players would be lacing up for 2012.
Harvey did this by offering information nights for the players and by keeping them updated on what Manly Colts would be about in 2012.  
Come November though it was all about the players and getting them fit and ready for the best that Sydney has to offer.
“We’ve offered as much as we could which has allowed the guys to turn up when they can. We are lucky to have James Brodie (strength and conditioning coach) as he is happy to go to seven sessions a week.
“A week has consisted of Wednesday and Saturday fitness and skills on Monday. We’ve also been offering three gym sessions a week,” Harvey said.
All the hard work on the training paddock and in the gym is finally drawing to a close as the season fast approaches, something that is sure to excite not only the players but coaches and fans alike.
For Harvey and his coaching staff massive numbers of available players has been an excellent sight and something that is sure to stretch the depth of the club not only this year but in the years to come.
Following strong results in 2011, which saw all three colts teams advance to the finals, Harvey has set a tough but reachable goal in 2012, win the colts club championship.
“We made a decision as a committee and with the coaching staff that our main aim was to win the colts club championship. We feel that if we win that then the rest will take shape.
“Its easy to say we want to win the premierships but we want to have an overview of success in all grades,” Harvey stated.
Trials against Eastwood, Penrith and Norths will help the young Marlins ready themselves before a tough first round clash with Randwick at Manly Oval on 14th April.