4 from 7 against the Beasts from the East was a pretty good result for the Marlins over the weekend.
Easts are always a strong test throughout the grades and a strong rivalry is starting to develop between the two clubs with some fiery clashes a feature of the weekend.
Unfortunately the weather has continued to disjoint the weekends fixtures and with Woollahrah only able to handle the duress of 2 matches the 3rd and 4th grade games were held back at fortress Keirle Park in tandem with the colts.
The Baby Marlins got the spoils in 3s and 1s with both sides repelling relentless Eastern Suburbs attack in the late stages to come home with the win. Easts got up in 2s but despite that minor slip up the Colts are sitting in 2nd spot on the Colts Championship behind perennial juggernauts Sydney Uni. It's fantastic to see the Baby Marlins doing so well and leading from the front - keep it going fellas your doing us proud!
Facing Easts at Woollahrah is a tough assignment for any 1st grade side in the competition and the Marlins new they would need their A game to knock over this well drilled Beasties outfit. With Robbie Coleman on tour with the Brumbies, young Jacob Woodhouse made his 1st Grade debut for Manly against his old club. Word on the street is that Woody and Benny Seymour are regulars down at the Golden Sheaf in Double Bay so some of the Easts blokes might have paid a little more attention to the 2 Eastern Suburbs locals turned Marlins.
Manly dominated possession and territory in the early exchanges and Chris Yarrington scored a fantastic try down the flank. "Yaz" has been in good form of late and he has got to be one of the quickest finishers in the comp
- I'm told from a close source that Chris still sleeps with his GPS 100m gold medal around his neck.
Unfortunately the Marlins were unable to capitilise on the good start and after trading penalties things just weren't clicking in attack.
The contest was a bit of a dour affair and Easts were able to score a late try to clinch the win. Special mentions to Elvis who shifted from hooker to prop on Saturday and Chris Cottee who battle on after sustaining a knee injury - both guys played very well under difficult circumstances. Laney's boy will look to bounce back against bogey team West Harbour on Saturday.
Reggies had a great win against a strong Eastern Suburbs side that came very close to pinching the game late in the 2nd half. The Marlins were untouchable in the 1st half dominating the Easts in defence and converting pressure into points. Goldie was very happy with the enthusiasm and breakdown work and at half time he stressed if we can put a few more tries on the Easts boys just wont be able to stick with us. After Duane Alohei scored his 2nd and Marshall Milroy dotted over the stage was set for the Marlins to finish with a wet sail. Unfortunately the Marlins got a little complacent and in the last 20 the talk dropped, Easts scored some soft tries and were suddenly within striking distance with 5 to go. Luckily the Marlins rallied and were able to hold on for a morale boosting win. James Hilterbrand was everywhere in the Marlins effort and there were no surprises when he was named player of the round. Well done Cecil!
The thirsty thirds are the form team of the club at the moment and after a gutsy win over the Beasties the boys will have their sights on the top of the table over the next few weeks. In a very heated match involving 2 red cards and 4 yellows the Marlins just scrapped home to score a memorable win.
Bris and Rounders are starting to strike up a very handy partnership in the halves and with experienced heads like Christie & Treml the 3s seem to have all the ingredients to be a real force in the Henderson Shield.
The 4s came up short against a very solid Eastern Suburbs side. The score line fell away from the Marlins with the Beasties piling on some late tries.
Good performances from returning flanker and serial pest Vaughn Hay and full back Chris Breheny. Tim Collins did not score! Coach Macdonald will have to head back to the dark room for answers.
It was nice to see ex Marlin Peter Hewat checking in on his old side on the weekend. After leaving Manly and the Tahs a few years back the H-BOMB has not looked back with a very successful rugby career at London Irish and now Suntory in Japan. Hewy just recently got married to his long time partner Alicia - congrats mate!
We are back at home this weekend for a tussle against the Pirates!
See you at the Rugby!