Marlins Dispose of Parra

Marlins dispose of Parramatta to make it four straight!
By Marlins Staff 

What: Shute Shield round 10
Who: Manly v Parramatta
Where: Manly Oval
Result: Manly 64-15
Manly are where on the table: Third (36 points)

80 minutes in 80 seconds: Manly struck first and Parra responded with one of their own before the turning point. Sam Lane was up ended in what can only be described as a terrible tackle that put the Manly fly-half in a very precarious position. To the Parramatta players defence, he clearly knew he had made an error of judgement but the referee had no choice but to raise the red card. The moment seemed to steel Parramatta's resolve and they caused Manly quite a few headaches with their agression and line speed. Alex Northam was real bright spot in an otherwise uninspiring first half. 'Zippy' made some exhilarating runs down the right flank and he looks to be nearing his best form again. The second half started much like the second but around the 60 minute mark the Marlins put the foot down and the undermanned Two Blues simply couldn't stop the late flurry. 5 points in the bank, but much like the Gordon match it was far from pretty. Where it was won: The Marlins piled on the points in the final 20 minutes as the numerical advantage finally told.            
         
Marlins' best: Alex Northam, Sam Shires, Harry Bergelin & Mick Adams.
            
What they said: “Parramatta were really feisty and in our face and we struggled to be as good as we wanted to be at times but we had some good patches. We have fresh combinations and we are not humming as smoothly as we would like. We realise we aren't the finished article and in many areas of our attack and defence we'll have to get better” – Manly coach Brian Melrose      
                

Worth a mention: How tight can this competition get? It looked like Uni and Norths were going to sail off into the distance but the Shoreman are now on equal points with Manly & Eastwood with trailing teams only 3 points behind. The Students lead has been cut to 4 and some some 8 or 9 teams remain in the hunt for the finals. Hold on to your hat!!Where to from here: The Marlins now go into a crucial 3 game period against some real contenders. First up it's the West Harbour Pirates at Concord!  

Marlins Head West!

 

Marlins ready for Pirates challenge in the west!

West Harbour are the only side the Marlins are yet to play in 2018 and since their terrific run of form at the end of last season the Pirates are now widely considered as genuine contenders for the Shute Shield. 

The Pirates are only 3 points adrift of the Marlins in 6th place which sets up an exciting encounter. Big Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro is a huge addition for Wests this week and his inclusion will only add to the intriguing spectacle. 

For the Marlins it's another week to continue their current winning run of 4 games and a victory here would provide a real platform to challenge for the top spots over the coming month. It seems every week there are sides in and out of pressure - it really is a relentless competition that is clearly very even at present. 

The Marlins have named a largely unchanged side to the team that bettered the Two Blues last weekend. English lock Alex Humfrey has been handed another opportunity in the second row and former Brumby Robbie Coleman will retain his spot at fullback. 

Despite some recent performances that might not have been as polished as they would like, the Marlins sit equal 2nd, and for good reason. This side is more than capable of matching it with the best & tomorrow is another opportunity to show themselves that they can.

UP THE MARLINS!!! 

Introducing the Manly Mermaids

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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.

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