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Shute Shield 2015

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Phil Kearns (64)
Dane LeRougetel used to be my neighbour when I lived in Newcastle. Great kid.

Good to see him get a win, and the Club accolade.


Stan Wickham (3)
Manly running with a stiff breeze towards me and lead 6-0. They'll need more points if they're going to win this.


David Codey (61)
Someone needs to get up the Manly forwards at half time. They need to be working harder around the corner. That a handling. Manly could have possibly built more in attack but their handling had been poor in pressure.


Jim Clark (26)
Ayoub is a smart fly half
Might not be the best but doesn't make too many mistakes
Ability lets him down now and then but a decent option of bench at NRC level for those of us that are Rammed!

Dave Beat

Paul McLean (56)
Great season, did the club proud.

1. Mitch Lewis

Stepped up last week with Whiskers Maraki injured and the engine room never missed a beat. Powered up front against a Super 15 front row and will be looking to repeat the performance this week.

2. James Hilterbrand

Cecil left Manly earning a Super 15 Contract with the Western Force, career highlight is packing down against the British Lions – he

plans to top that this weekend with a Marlins Premiership. Workhorse all around the paddock.

3. Jerome Vaai

The Brick up front, arrived mid season and has become a rock in the scrum. Has plenty of huge carries in a game, and when he’s

not putting players into gaps, he’s putting real dents in the ad line.

4. Ryan Melrose

It’ll be back to back for Club Captain Ryan having lead 2nds to the premiership last year. Knows what he wants and never shirks the tough stuff – a leader that is good to have in the trenches with you.

5. Caderyn Neville

First played Marlins rugby 2009 - Wallaby training squad 2012

Tall Timber come back home to grass roots rugby on his way up to the Queensland Reds for 2016

6. Harry Bergelin

Leading try scorer in 2014, and is getting through more work in 2015. One of the best line out thiefs in the comp, many a steal has led to points being scored.

7. Mitch Daniel

Has stepped into the huge shoes of Capt Kotoni Ale, comes with a huge engine and covers plenty of yards.

8. Daniel Alley

DA let’s not damage the knee for the Dance, Grass Roots thoroughbred has been eyeing this off for a while.

9. Matt Lucas (c)

Marlins Captain and leads by example. Many a coach would have him as the MVP in the comp.

Any young boy wanting to learn how to tackle, watch Matty. Tahs need Matty on their books.

10. Sam Lane

There is Shute success in his veins, one of Marlins best this year – and forms a very potent halves pairing that has allowed the outside backs to shine.

11. Alex Northam

Aptly given to try scoring speed machine Zip, he’s been bagging a few meat pies of late, and

shutting down attacking raid with his speed. Definitely destined for higher honours.

12. Reece Hodge

With legs like tree trunks he’s kicking goals from 75 metres out, or grassing the ball carrier to turn defence into attack. Big career ahead for this Rookie – one to watch.

13. Dennis Pili-Gaitau

“Danger” that comes with 3 names, will pop up anywhere on the park and convert the opportunuity, Da Man thrives on the big stage having recently shut down Wallaby Kurtley Beale

14. Richard Hooper

The Hooper boys are both eyeing off a prize this Saturday – Chard’s want the Shute, and Hoooooops wants the Bledisloe this weekend – let’s get them both up on stage.

15. Brenden Hartmann

It’s BJ time, last 2 years he’s been hidden – and is now showing his class on the big stage and is thriving on it. Another grass roots thoroughbred and will no doubt let it rip on Saturday.

· Dane Maraki.

Daddy Whiskers Maraki is a mobile loose head prop, he's carved it up all season so he could make the Big Show for his new daughter Tilly. The time has come. . . .

· Vance Elliott.

Mobile Kiwi hooker that has spent plenty of time in the ones engine room and not been out of place. His mobility and leg drive will be dangerous late in the game.

· Andrew Collins

The Tank was been a powerhouse this year, whilst not away wrestling bores Marlins is his home. Sharkies won’t get the tittle this year Tank, all eyes on the Shute.

· Ed Gower

Daddy look how big that mans legs are. The’s horse is back, he’s fresh, and no doubt wanting looking for some fun on the weekend, giddy up Ed.

· Dylan Sigg

He’s retired, this is a typo.

· Ethan Uili

Another Rookie in his first year out of colts, he has un finished business from 2013, and has made huge impact at the breakdown whenever he has come of the bench.

· Tim Donlan.

One of the most dangerous halves in the comp, nice luxury to have Tim’s talent sitting on the bench – one the Marlin boys now and an inspirational leader in the way he plays the game. Rays 9.

· Shaun Treweek.

Mr Utility 1 can step up and play 10, 12, and 15 very valuable player to have at hand. Legend with the kids, Jets fan club will be out there cheering him on.

· Jacob Woodhouse.

Mr Utility 2 great cover for the outside backs and has gained valuable experience overseas in the recent years.

· Chris Yarrington.

Yaz has spent plenty of time in ones this year and would fit straight back in without any interruption - serious gas and bagged a number of meat pies this year.


Phil Kearns (64)
Well done the Woodies.

Not pretty. Kudos to Manly, the two teams were very close throughout the whole season.

I wonder what Ben the Badger was thinking after he missed that gimme in his last ever game?

He and Perrett are irreplaceable.


Ken Catchpole (46)
Congratulations to the Woodies. Played strong across the park. They were just a little better than my Marlins for the whole game and deserved to be just a little better on the scoreboard.
They had discipline in the last 5 minutes to attack in a 15 meter wide zone and play for the penalty/field goal. They then did not give away a penalty when Manly was attacking at the death.
However how good was that game! As well as being able to buy a Rugby News at the ground!
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