Venue derby lunch swap
You're going to need a bigger club...
That was the Jaws-inspired line organisers of the Marlins-Rats 50th anniversary derby luncheon were told after it became obvious the Dee Why RSL could not fit the hundreds desperate for a ticket. The 700-strong crowd will now head west to Terrey Hills' Miramare Gardens on June 4 for one of the biggest sporting lunches ever held on the northern beaches. Ex-players from both sides of the local derby divide will be present, with Rod Macqueen, Steve Lidbury, Damien Cummins and Steve Williams forming an onstage panel to discuss a half century of hate, spite, rivalry and, yes, mutual love and respect. The voice of Channel 9's rugby coverage Sean Maloney, who played for both clubs, will stir the pot as MC for the day.
Manly caught out
Manly's Ryan Farrell is one of the most honest and straightforward cricketers you'd meet. So when he says he took a catch, you can believe him. But that wasn't enough to convince umpires in Manly's controversial grand final loss to Sydney over Easter. Farrell caught Sydney's leading batsman AJ Mosca - or so he thought - for 11 during the first session of the match on Saturday. Mosca refused to walk, indicating to the umpires he thought the ball didn't carry. Match officials conferred before ruling the Tigers batsman could continue his innings, telling incensed Manly players they couldn't conclusively say the ball didn't hit the turf on its way into Farrell's hands. Mosca was on 11 at the time and went on to make 94, paving the way for Sydney's big win. Our Waratahs had better luck in the second grade grand final, beating St George to claim only the club's second title at that level in 115 years.
Winter ball season
You'll notice a massive increase in traffic from Saturday morning as winter sport gets in full swing across the northern beaches. Netball, football, rugby and rugby league all kick-off, with thousands of kids hitting fields and courts from Manly to Avalon. Parking spots, especially around the Curl Curl netball courts, will be more prized than a waterfront property. Good luck to all.
What's in a name?
The slab had only just been poured on the new northern grandstand at Brookvale Oval when debate started among Manly fans over whose name should be attached to it. Steve Menzies, Bob Fulton and Ken Arthurson already have stands at the ground, leaving an open field of candidates for the new digs. Terry Randall and Graham Eadie are two prominent names thrown our way, while there is plenty of love for Paul Vautin, Des Hasler, Geoff Toovey,Roy Bull and Cliffy Lyons. Or how about we go a cult figure like Stu "The Bug" Davis, the late Fred Jones or Dave "Mule" Hosking? A decision on whose name will adorn the stand - if anyone at all - will be made closer to completion.
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