Vale Bernie Bergelin

VALE BERNIE BERGELIN

The Manly Rugby Club is today in mourning as it woke up to the news of the passing of one of its rugby royalty.

Bernie Bergelin finally succumbed to an illness that he had battled for some time. His passing will be mourned by the Manly Rugby community for some time to come.

Bernie however leaves behind a wonderful legacy because he and his wife, Deanne - herself part of Manly Rugby’s history - have both sons, Anthony and Harry involved with the Manly club.

Anthony is the second grade five eighth and Manly Rugby Club captain whilst Harry, who is still a Colt, is a second grade flanker, who scored a great try when he came on the field in first grade last weekend.

Manly Rugby President, Mark McKenzie said today: "The boys, Anthony and Harry, along with their mother, Deanne, sister Laura and grandmother, Anne Hill, will always ensure that the spirit Bernie is well represented at Manly Oval, when the Marlins play, for a long time to come.

Bernie Bergelin came from the St Matthews Club as a junior to the Manly Rugby Club in the 60’s. 

Over a 20-year period he went on to play 214 first grade games for Manly. He was the captain for a record 122 first grade games and appeared in two grand finals, both lost to Randwick in the 70’s and 80’s.

Bernie Bergelin was a well deserved Life Member of the Manly Rugby Club and coached the first grade side in 1996.

“Bernie was always on hand to support his sons and the club and never refrained from giving his views, which invariably helped to improve us as a club. He will be greatly missed,” McKenzie said.  

For further information contact Mark McKenzie, President MRFC on mobile: 0407433545

Funeral to be held at St Marys Catherderal on Thursday morning the 13th July 2011 at 10:30am

Willie fits in perfectly

 By Adam Lucius

"You can never have enough Willies."

In case you were wondering, Manly assistant coach Damien Cummins was talking about Willie Ripia after the Western Force fly-half made a faultless debut for the Marlins in their 38-10 win over Parramatta at Granville on Saturday.

Ripia was called into action after just 25 minutes when Joe Christie went down with injury, slotting in at No.10 and making an impact with his very first touch.  

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Lui Siale making one of his trade mark breaks

His pass to Andrew Smith helped put Lui Siale away in the corner - and a new Manly star was born. He then potted a terrific sideline conversion - one of four kicks he landed (from five attempts) in windy conditions.

Turtle is right - you can never have enough Willies in one side.

"I haven't played in a while so it was good to test the lungs and see what the quality of rugby is like," Ripia said as he took in the scenic surrounds of Granville Rugby Park at fulltime. "They (Manly) look a pretty good side and I'm sure we can improve on that once we get a few more games under our belt. "I'm enjoying my time so far and look forward to playing the rest of the season with these boys."

Marlins skipper Chris Cottee received a first-hand look at Ripia when he joined Western Force on a short-term deal last month. And he liked what he saw in their first game together. "Willie's a great player. He controlled the game very well," Cottee said. "That's what we expected from him given his reputation and he delivered. "He's going to be a great asset, especially in the big end of season games."

On a cold and blustery day in Sydney's west, Manly took a while to warm up against a committed Two Blues outfit. But once they got going there was only going to be one result, despite the ground announcer telling the crowd we were in for a 'titanic struggle'. It was 12-3 at the break and the Marlins eased  away to a comfortable win despite being hammered 17-4 in the penalties and turning over possession on 29 occasions. 

Tries to Siale, Tevita Metiusela, his fourth in two games, the ever-improving Cadeyrn Neville, Ben Seymour, Neil Meyer and Harry Bergelin sealed a bonus point victory that keeps Manly in second spot.      

"It's always a scrappy affair out here," Cottee said. "We got better the longer the game went on. Our reserves gave us great impact off the bench. "That was very pleasing."

Cummins added: "It's always a tough one. It's always a challenge out here, especially when the barbecue is  sizzling louder than the crowd. "We got better the longer the game went on. It was a good performance."

The front-row of Jono Owen, Elvis Taione and Dane Maraki were outstanding, as was Neville. Seymour was terrific despite being shifted to inside centre early, while Smith was dangerous every time he touched the ball. And Meyer and Bergelin added plenty when they were introduced in the second half.   

Next Saturday is the big one - undefeated Eastwood at TG Millner Field. The Marlins must win if they are entertain any thought of snatching the minor premiership.

Eastwood break more than Manly's heart

By Adam Lucius

The minor premiership might be gone but Manly refuse to concede runaway competition leaders Eastwood are untouchable despite a disappointing 39-24 loss at TG Millner Field on Saturday. 

The Woodies were in control for most of the afternoon, going to the break 16-12 ahead and easing further in front in the second half as the Marlins drowned in a season of penalties and injuries to key players.

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Lui Siale making one of his trade mark breaks

Winger Chris Yarrington's season appears over after he suffered a suspected broken leg, while hooker Elvis Taione (dislocated elbow) and Marshall Milroy (shoulder) were both forced from the field.

Eastwood only scored one more try than Manly - three to two - but five-eighth Pierre Hola's nine from nine with the boot ultimately proved the difference. The Woods are now 18 points clear at the head of the Shute Shield table after 15 rounds and will not be headed, but the second-placed Marlins fancy their chances should they meet again.        

"The minor premiership doesn't matter too much - it's about who wins the one at the end," coach Tim Lane pointed out. "It's as good as I've seen Eastwood play but we helped them a little bit with our lack of discipline. "They are beatable - that's for sure - but we are going to have to work hard to beat them." 

 "They defended very well but we gave them two soft tries. "We showed plenty of intent with the ball and came back well and didn't give up, which is pleasing, especially with the number of injuries we copped." "There is plenty to like about that performance."

Eastwood opened the second half with a converted try and from there on there was never any real doubt over the result. At one stage they led 39-17 and a lesser team than the Marlins may have conceded the half century. But Lane's men refused to wilt and actually finished the stronger, albeit well behind on the scoreboard.

Prop Eddie Aholelei agreed with his coach that the result could be different the next time the Marlins meet the Woodies.  "I feel they are beatable but we are our own worst enemy with penalties and soft defence," he said. "It's stuff that needs to be fixed and it will be. "We'll be there at the back-end of the season. And anything can happen between now and the grand final."

The Marlins host Eastern Suburbs next Saturday before what should be a big crowd at Back to Manly Day.