Manly Rugby Football Club Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Manly Rugby Football Club Inc., to be held on

Thursday the 2nd November 2017 commencing at 6.30 p.m. in the 1883 Club, Manly Oval, Manly.



The minutes of this meeting can be downloaded here.


Pirates put Marlins to the sword - but bring on the finals

By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 18
Who: West Harbour v Manly
Where: Concord Oval
Result: Wests 62-52
Manly are where on the table: First (74 points)

80 minutes in 80 seconds: We'd need more like 80 hours than 80 seconds to run you through this one try by try. A newcomer to the Shute Shield might have thought he'd walked into a touch footy game by mistake as the five-pointers just kept coming. But while defence wasn't the order of the day, there was some cracking attacking rugby. Wests got the early jump, holding a 28-7 advantage before Manly went bang, bang to make it 28-21. The Marlins took the lead briefly – 40-38 - early in the second half but Wests Harbour was not to be denied. The Pirates finished the stronger, clearing out to an entertaining 10-point victory

Where it was lost: Give credit where credit is due – West Harbour were very good and thoroughly deserved the win. Manly were without a few topliners and had some disruptions during the game, but lacked energy from the get-go. They found something after the break and threatened to steal the game at one stage, but Wests finished the stronger.

Marlins' best: Tim Donlan (3 tries), Dennis Pili-Gaitau

What they said: "What West Harbour brought to the game was better than what we brought to the game. But that's the end of the regular season and we finished first and they're eighth. We need to bring our best now the finals are starting and, if we do, I'm confident we can achieve something over the next few weeks." – coach Brian Melrose

Odd Spot: It's probably not a record you really want but Manly's 52 points could be the largest losing total in Shute Shield history

Where to from here: We are back at Manly Oval against Eastwood in the 1 v 6 qualifying final on Saturday. Be there!


Click here for the Marlins Draw 2017

Click Here for the full Shute Shield Draw


Marlins secure minor premiership with high-scoring win over Emus

By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 17
Who: Manly v Penrith
Where: Manly Oval
Result: Manly 48-38
Manly are where on the table: First (73 points)

80 minutes in 80 seconds: Manly scored inside the first 70 seconds and most of us thought this would be a stroll in the park. But Penrith had come to play and were not about to roll over for us. The Emus played some terrific rugby to lead 19-17 just before halftime and there was a real sense we could be about to witness one of the great Shute Shield upsets. Manly eventually pushed the go button to pile on 31 unanswered points, but still Penrith wouldn’t throw in the towel. Trailing 48-19, Penrith scored the last three tries to go down by just 10 points. The Marlins were missing a number of regulars and made plenty of changes during the game, but take nothing away from the plucky visitors.

Where it was won: Manly scored four tries between the 49th and 59th minute marks and that was the end of the section. In all, there were 14 tries scored on the day as defence not only took a back seat but moved to the boot.

Marlins' best: It was more a collective effort but there were some good things from Sam Shires and Josh Turner, in particular.

What they said: "It was a bit like a Sunday hangover (after the derby) and we did what we had to do. It would have been nice to win more comfortably but we got the job done and now move on." – coach Brian Melrose

Odd Spot: The win wraps up the 20th minor premiership in Manly's long history. We will play either Eastwood, Sydney Uni or Wests in the 1 v 6 play-off in the first week of the finals

Where to from here: We travel to Concord Oval on Saturday to take on the much-improved West Harbour in the last game of the regular season. The Pirates remain a mathematical chance of reaching the semis


Click here for the Marlins Draw 2017

Click Here for the full Shute Shield Draw


Introducing the Manly Mermaids


The Manly Mermaids are an exciting group of players with fantastic sporting background and many ties to the Manly Rugby club. Familiar names like Aliyah Helu (daughter of ex-Marlin and Mermaids coach Alex Helu) has continued the Manly rugby family tradition by wearing the manly jersey, together with Mikaela Hedge who is excited to now be able to put on the boots as well after watching her brother Rohan play for the Marlins.

But there are plentry of Rookies too! Athletes such as Bailee Radford and Sophia Hatzis have laced up their boots for the first time this year and soon discovered what a fantastic sport Women's Sevens is!

The Mermaids participate in the Sydney 7s competition, with tournaments running throughout the season, together with selected Seven's tournaments including Kiama and the Central Coast 7s.

The Manly Mermaids are on the lookout for players to join their squad! They train on a Wednesday evening at 6:30 at Keirle Park, Manly. Even if you've never played rugby before, they'd love to see you there!

Please contact Katja at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 0401 853 901 if you'd like to be a part of Australia's fastest growing sport for women!

Let's hear all about the World of Women's Seven's by getting up close and personal to one of our most promising players, Mikaela Hedge...

So, tell us about your playing career – where did you start your rugby career?

I started training in 2014 at 21 with the mermaids.

How has your season been progressing – are you where you want to be?

The season has been a struggle with numbers this year, we just want more game time so we can keep improving. Exhibition matches like this are perfect!

What are your personal goals for the season?

I need to get over my fear of tackling. I know I can do it, it's all a mental game.

Biggest rugby moment/achievement so far?

Being invited to train with the NSW Blue Belles Squad in 2016 felt pretty good

Best attribute as a player? Or worst?

I talk... a lot.

What’s your day job and how do you balance the two?

I'm a nurse which means shift work. Getting to every single training is a tough job sometimes but I love getting a run around with the girls so I do my best to organise my days off for trainings and tournaments where I can. People at work can't believe I use my days off to play rugby of all things..

Player with the best work ethic and why?

Emily (Bollinger) is killing it. Full time work, full time uni, travels to training in Manly from Roseville and puts in 100% every time.

Favourite Meal?

Anything with guac.

Who at the club has the best/worst banter?

Half the girls aren't even 18 yet. There's much drinking yet to be had.

If you could attend any sporting event in the world what would it be?

The Olympic Games in Tokyo

Rugby Hero/Sporting Hero/Hero?

Dan Carter. I know, I'm a traitor. But the man is all class ??

One word to describe you?