Former Manly Rugby player Keith "Pottsy" Blackett has passed away at his home in Freshwater last week, aged 71.
Keith played 52 1st Grade games and 106 Grade games from 1964 - 1970. Keith then went on to a successful career at the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles,
Renowned for his pace and prolific goal kicking, Keith held sprint records at Balgowlah Boys High before a long professional career with the NSW Police Force.
Keith remained a strong supporter of the Marlins and the Blackett's are a regular feature at our home games.
Funeral is tomorrow 8th February, 11.30 am at St Mary's Manly.
The 2017 Shute Shield draw is now available, and offers what promises to be some enticing fixtures for the Marlins.
First off, we make the road trip down to Forshaw Rugby Park in a rerun of our 2016 first round tie vs Southern Districts, although the team will be focussed on a more favourable result this time, hungry for a strong start to their campaign.
Our first home game at Manly Oval will be huge, with Sydney University looking to stake their claim on the title early doors. The Marlins will be looking for a massive crowd with the hill painted blue to push them across the line. As with all games (unless notified) the first grade game will kick off at 3PM.
The epic Battle of the Beaches, when we welcome the Rats to the Village Green this year falls in round 10 on the 3rd June, a must for every fan across the Northern Beaches. Get it in your diary now!
Throughout the season, we will also be hosting amongst others Randwick and title holding Norths to the Oval, and look out for further special events including Ladies Day and Juniors Day.
Manly Rugby Football Club looks forward to welcoming you to the Oval in 2017, with our sights firmly set on the Premiership!
Manly Rugby Club held its Annual General Meeting last Thursday evening, 27th October 2016, during which a new president was elected.
At 31 years of age, Bergelin becomes the Club’s youngest ever President....
In assuming the chair, Bergelin was quick to acknowledge the contribution of the outgoing President David Begg, who had been President for five years and the large shoes he would have to fill.
Bergelin optimistically outlined his desire, with his new Board, to see the MRFC become a very strong Shute Shield club, financially independent, successful in all Grades and with a strong recognition of the role that the Colts’ organisation plays in the transition from the Juniors to Grade.
The AGM saw the introduction of new Board members, including solicitor Morgan Lane, who has become Vice-President and former senior Macquarie Bank Executive and triple premiership winner Ian ‘Puss’ Miller, as a new Board member.
Board members, Adam Hill, Peter Alley, Claire Martin and Annie Doyle, Treasurer have been re-elected, whilst former General Manager, Lisa Matthews has been welcomed to her new role on the Board.
Bergelin, following his election, told the strong gathering of players, Life Members and supporters at the AGM:
“It is an incredible honour, and I hope I can demonstrate the appreciation that I have for Manly Rugby through my leadership. To assist me in that, I believe I have assembled a very strong & diverse board and I’m very excited to start planning this new era for the club”
“Our newly appointed head coach Billy Melrose has certainly hit the ground running since his appointment and his level of professionalism is already very evident. I have no doubt the club will be in a strong position come kick off 2017.”
PRESIDENT ANTHONY BERGELIN
VICE-PRESIDENT MORGAN LANE
TREASURER ANNIE DOYLE
ASSISTANT-TREASURER CLAIRE MARTIN
SECRETARY LISA MATTHEWS
ASSISTANT-SECRETARY DANIEL BOLAND
BOARD MEMBER PETER ALLEY
BOARD MEMBER ADAM HILL
BOARD MEMBER SEAN RICHARDSON
BOARD MEMBER DAVID CAMPBELL
BOARD MEMBER IAN MILLER
BOARD MEMBER SIMON HERBERT