It was a slender head to head victory for the Marlins coming away with 4 wins and a draw from Saturdays matches against the Highlanders.

The Colts won 2 from 3 over at Chatswood Oval with Mick Saunders battalion going down in a score line more accustomed to Super Rugby, 42 -36.  Good to see both sides throwing the ball around in that one! 3rd grade had a comprehensive win keeping themselves well entrenched in the top 6 while 1st grade took the points in a tight one. Malie Hingano came away with a hat trick & I bet his team mates won’t hear the end of that this week! Well done Malie!

A beautiful winter’s day greeted the grade teams at the Village Green as we welcomed some future Marlins down for “Juniors Day”. Junior players from the Manly Roos, Seaforth Raiders, Harbord Harlequins & Forest Rugby treated the crowd to some mini games before 1st grade. It was good to see such a healthy turn out of junior’s that will no doubt see many of these kids don the red & blue in years to come.

Unfortunately the rugby on show in the main event was plain ordinary, a stop start affair with absolutely no flow and about 400 scrums. The junior’s half time lolly hunt was more entertaining than the 1st half! Things didn’t get much better in the 2nd with countless knock ons and errors creeping into both sides play. The tight score line kept most people from leaving with 20 to go and fortunately the Marlins sneaked home by 2 points thanks to a late penalty goal to Marshall Milroy. Marsh has been in good form since his elevation to the top squad and his involvements on the weekend were very classy including a neat finish for the Marlins 2nd try. Yazza also scored in what must be a farewell present to his English flame who heads home this week. Boo hoo.

I doubt Laney will bother watching the replay of this one he would have a better time watching re runs of the Golden Girls. All things aside a win is a win and the boys will have to get up for the big one against the Rats this weekend.

2nd grade was every bit a boring as 1st grade with the game ending in a 20 all draw. The Reggies were flat from the start and never really got things going. Gordon who beat the boys in the 1st round sensed the lethargy in the Marlins play and kicked a late penalty goal to tie things up. It was a very disappointing result for the 2s who could have been in top spot had they come away with the win. As coach McGoldrick stated it’s probably better to have these disappointments now so the team can learn from the mistakes and build back into form.

That form needs to restart this weekend against defending premiers Warringah.  

Thank god for 3rd Grade! A tough well executed victory for the thirsty 3rds against a decent Gordon side has the boys ticking along nicely in 3rd spot. Nick Carolan had a cracker of a game with some lovely runs up the midfield and well timed passes to his outside support – brilliant skills from the youthful 2nd rower! Mitch Gibson was also strong and gave the Gay Gords plenty of trouble at the breakdown.

The 3s look like the real deal in 2011 and they will look to run riot against the Rats this weekend.

4s are in turmoil. The boys went down 46-10 to a fleet footed Gordon side that was only 1 point ahead of them on the table. Mark Maloney and Steve Trower looked suspiciously dusty at kick off and from there things got a little pear shaped.  The normally dominant Leif Olson had a quiet game.

Its crunch time for 4th grade this weekend and they need to get their campaign back on track this weekend with a win out at Pittwater.

Not the best start to the 2nd half of the year for the Marlins but a head to head win nonetheless. With Super Rugby nearly at an end the Marlins will welcome back a host of rep players that will definitely boost the grade stocks in coming weeks!

A huge game a Rat Park this weekend and the Marlins will look to flex their muscles and show just who’s boss when it comes to rugby on the Peninsula. Best of luck to all the Marlin teams this weekend and make sure we get massive numbers on the hill to cheer on 1s!

Bergo’s Bugle:

+ Happy Birthday to Mark Watson, Jack Brisby and Brad Balding, these three popular young stallions turned 21 over the past fortnight. Congrats boys!

+ If anyone sees Marlin coach Adam Donkin near a bar soon buy the bloke a drink! Donks had just started getting over a serious neck injury when he broke his ankle at training last week – he’s due for some good luck but free beer always helps. Get well soon Donk!

+ A certain Manly player has a $100 bet with a Warringah player riding on a Marlins clean sweep at Rat Park this weekend, don’t let him down!

+ This Saturday night it’s “Back to Round Bar” night at the Steyne. Compulsory attendance for all Marlins!

+ 2/1 odds Danny Cipriani picks up at the Shorey on Saturday night.

+ same odds Wally Organ doesn’t.

+ Tension at the Hegarty household with Dane Maraki sleeping in the young Brumbies bed without approval.

+ I hear Lee Griffiths is still working on a leave pass for this Saturday night. Good luck Lee.

See you on Saturday Marlins!