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Sydney Colts - 2014

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Brian Westlake

Arch Winning (36)
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There is a massive difference in regards to this oval is that it is built on reclaimed swamp.
Tidal Swamp.
This is why you see this photo like it is. The sump pump they had working in the other corner was trying its best, but it should be a reminder that there are other grounds that drain better and are much more user friendly. The high tide on Sunday was in the middle of the day and contributed massively to this as well as the rain.
The NSWRU must realise that the young men that played here on Sunday deserve better than playing in a swamp, when it comes to allocating the finals. In saying that, the pies were nice.
 

wreckless

Bob Loudon (25)
There is a massive difference in regards to this oval is that it is built on reclaimed swamp.
Tidal Swamp.
This is why you see this photo like it is. The sump pump they had working in the other corner was trying its best, but it should be a reminder that there are other grounds that drain better and are much more user friendly. The high tide on Sunday was in the middle of the day and contributed massively to this as well as the rain.
The NSWRU must realise that the young men that played here on Sunday deserve better than playing in a swamp, when it comes to allocating the finals. In saying that, the pies were nice.

Agree BW - pies were good and I have to congratulate Southern Districts on their burger as well! Credit to the young men from all the teams that had to endure those conditions - especially the 3rd's! Games would have been off anywhere else I reckon! Well done to all the teams for a great effort under trying conditions.
Cheers, Wreckless :)
 

Dave Beat

Paul McLean (56)
Season is over, and below is the last Manly wrap up that gets sent out to all followers each week from one of the tirless volunteers that most clubs have. With a number of players stepping up to grade next year as well as the writer who reads these pages all the time but never posts - you thanked allot of people - and now yourself.

Grand Finals Second and Third Grade Colts

Third grade 0 – 3 loss to Sydney University

Second grade 12 – 13 loss to Sydney University

Could have, perhaps should have, won both.
Read all about it;
http://manlyrugby.com.au/news-mainmenu-101/latest-news-mainmenu-100/1092-colts-second-and-third-grade-grand-finals-against-sydney-university

Incredible conditions; fantastic photos by Adam MacDonald encapsulate the day;
http://manlyrugby.com.au/photo-gallery/photo-gallery-2/category/59-colts-gf-14

First grade Sydney University 17 v Randwick 23

Game videos; below are You Tube game links. The videos are classified on You Tube as “Unlisted” which means that only persons with the link can see the video (public searches will not be successful). They can be sent on to friends and family who may not be able to make games or are interstate / overseas.
Grand Finals
2nd Grade Colts v Sydney University
3rd Grade Colts v Sydney University

Some thanks for a great Colts season
Jono Harvey the Marlins Colts Director of Coaching puts a massive amount of time and effort into the Marlins Colts. Nat, if you are reading this, it is all for a good cause.
Our team coaches and managers during the season;
Firsts; Zak Beer and Scott Foketi, with Laurence Cronin.
Seconds; Scott Clemmett and Morgan Lane, with Andrew Gourley.
Thirds; Tommy Clifford, with Graeme White and Adam Crerar.
Particular thanks for the unbelievable effort of our Physio Claire McGann.
Not to forget J Train Brodie – much as one might try, he won’t allow us.
And specialist coaches Nathan Grey and Ross Reynolds.
Plus lots of support and assistance from the Marlins, particularly David Begg and Paul Hartmann.
And our Lunch Sponsors; Mark Dickey, Lee Cooper, Allan Dodd, Darren and Belinda Crisp, and Deborah Bailey.

Marlins Second Grade win Grand Final v Sydney University 34 – 13 with lots of former Marlins Colts in the winning team.
Congratulations to Ryan Melrose and his team.
Game video;
http://youtu.be/iaKwXiqgUn4

Those who joined Matt McGoldrick and ‘The Gold Brigade’ to support the Wallabies v All Blacks had a great evening albeit wet. Come along next season.


National Rugby Championship kicks off this week
The local Rugby season is not over. There is the prospect of another couple of months of really good Rugby.
The North Harbour Rays commence their NRC season next Sunday in Melbourne against Melbourne Rising, followed by a televised home game at Brookvale Oval on Thursday 4 September against Country Eagles.
http://www.raysrugby.com.au/

The Emerging Rays featuring lots of our Colts will be playing the curtain raiser at each of the home games at Brookvale Oval; 4 September (Country Eagles), 20 September (Australian Barbarians), 28 September (Greater Sydney Rams) and the final home game on 9 October.

Manly Marlins Presentation Night 29 August 2014
At Harbord Diggers. $50 per head, includes two course dinner.
It has been a very good year for the Marlins – could have ended better but
Two Colts teams in Grand Finals
Second Grade Premiers
First Grade Minor Premiers
All 7 teams into the Finals Series
Come along and enjoy the success.
Book at www.trybooking.com/98766

Bye all.
 

Hugh Jarse

Rocky Elsom (76)
Great link to the you tube video of the games. @Dave Beat

Shows how truly awful the weather conditions were for the Colts 2 and Colts 3 games were.

Not sure that MMM deserved the two Red Cards issued in Colts 3 (even after multiple replays) but this is based on a "scratchy" quality you tube video. 2nd red card made little difference because No Match was called immediately after the card was issued. 1st red card - hmmm probably 50/50. A little hard to judge from the video but the referee is the sole judge of time and fact, so I defer to the decision of the Bloke best placed to adjudicate and that is the appointed referee.
 
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