The Marlins Kick Off the Season & Announce the Round 1 Team

 
On Sunday, the Marlins kicked of the 2017 Premier Rugby season at the Manly Bowling Club in front of a strong crowd of supporters, sponsors, players & coaches! Certainly there was a clear sense of community around the room and Club President Anthony Bergelin made note of the diverse attendance
“We have a renewed focus on our engagement with the Manly community and we look forward to rewarding all of our supporters with an improved match day experience both at the Oval and post-game here at the Bowling Club”. In attendance were Directors from the Mounties Group the club's Major Sponsor as well as gold sponsors and a host of businesses, many local, who have taken back of jersey sponsorships. 
 
Head Coach Brian ‘Billy’ Melrose said the squad was in good shape for kick off but pointed out that there are a number of very strong teams in the competition and it is as tight as he has ever seen it. Melrose also pointed out that he is after improvement first & foremost
“The reality is we finished 7th in 2016 and looking at the teams ahead I can’t see any of them going backwards, so we either improve or we stay 7th”. He also encouraged fans to travel to watch the team throughout the season “I live in Manly & I know how wonderful life is by the beach but the reality is the competition is played all over Sydney and if our supporters want success then we have to get along and support the team away from Manly Oval - as hard as it is to leave!!”  
 
The 1st Grade team selected to face Souths on Saturday saw the welcome inclusion of Dennis Pili-Gaitau who has returned to the Marlins following a stint at the Rebels. The team also includes 3 players from New Zealand making their debut for the Marlins, brothers Gunnz and Kevin Fuavao from Auckland, and Cam Bailey. 
 
Bailey, who arrives from Christchurch said "I am definately excited about the opportunity to wear the Marlins Jersey with the history that comes with it. My family are heading over from Christchurch, and I hope to do them and the club proud on Saturday"
 
The Marlins always welcome the support of their loyal fans whilst on the road, so head down to Forshaw on Saturday to start the season off with a bang!
 
 

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PEOPLE AND CULTURE STRATEGIES ARE PART OF THE TEAM AGAIN IN 2017

Following on from last weeks Major Sponsorship announcement, the Manly Rugby Football Club is delighted to announce that People + Culture Strategies (PCS) have renewed their commitment to the Marlins in 2017 as our Platinum Sponsor. Announcing the deal, PCS Founder & Managing Principal, Joydeep Hor said: “PCS is delighted to once again be a significant sponsor of the Marlins in 2017. The Marlins... are a club steeped in history and have a tremendous culture and sense of community. These qualities align very strongly with our firm which remains the only firm in the labour and employment law space that blends management consulting and legal services. Our commitment to making our client organisations stronger and more successful in their people management is a trait resonant with the Marlins. We are looking forward to an exciting year." MRFC Club President, Anthony Bergelin was equally thrilled in welcoming PCS back to the Marlins “We are very excited that PCS are back on board for 2017 and are committed to the growth of Rugby in the Manly District. PCS are an industry leader and the Club has found Joydeep and his team very personable, we are really looking forward to working with them again this coming season.”

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MOUNTIES GROUP RECOMMIT TO MRFC

Manly Rugby Football Club is delighted to announce that Mounties Group have extended their significant long term support of the Marlins and have agreed to a further three year major sponsorship term. Mounties Group, through their Manly Bowling Club and Harbord Diggers sites have been a long term supporter of the Club, first becoming the major sponsor in 2011.

MRFC President, Anthony Bergelin, said “We have enjoyed a terrific relationship with Mounties Group for a number of years now, and we look forward to an even stronger strategic partnership moving forward. There is clearly an alignment between our organisations with a strong sense of community engagement at the forefront, and I am delighted that Mounties Group continue to support us in this way”.

“Commercial support in Club Rugby is becoming increasingly challenging to secure, and through our relationship with Mounties Group we are able to plan for an exciting and successful future”.

Mounties Group General Manager, Dale Hunt, said “The Marlins are one of the most iconic sporting clubs on the Northern Beaches and the alignment between high performance and community engagement that the club delivers is very rewarding. We are excited by the strategic direction the club is heading and we look forward working with their leadership team in achieving further success on and off the field”. Mitch Daniel, the Marlins Club Captain adds “It’s no secret that the Manly Bowling Club provides the best post-match atmosphere in the Shute Shield, and nothing feels better than to celebrate our on-field successes in the company of our supporters there. We are looking forward to working with Mounties to enhance that experience along with improved on-ground hospitality for all of our supporters.

The Marlins’ first home game at Manly Oval will be their Intrust Shute Shield Round Two fixture versus Sydney University. Entrance is $15 on the gate, or visit manlyrugby.com.au for season ticket options.

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