• Matt Cleary

Sport: Around the Grounds, Issue 1, Dec 2020

Updated: Feb 14

While the Sea Eagles, Manly Marlins and Warringah Rats didn’t make the finals, and the tendrils of Covid kept locals on edge, October remained a huge month for sport on the Northern Beaches.

Dropped catch. Photo credit: Steve Trikoulis


In a game that had quick-fire runs, a direct hit run-out from the boundary, and the odd screaming catch, it would seem odd that a fifth-change trundler taking 1/11 would overshadow all that. Gary Langridge was that trundler. The 55-year-old had never before played cricket when he turned out for Mona Vale Terrys in their match against Beacon Hill Tiger Sharks and took a wicket in his first over. It would have been more remarkable had a catch not been dropped on his first ball. Elsewhere, Forest openers Luke Smith (81*) and David Last (89*) were impregnable at the top of the order in sixth grade action at Killarney Heights, posting an unbeaten 187 against Wakehurst Black. And Long Reef first grade captain Ellis Raymond scored 33 in his team's 114 at Jackson Road, Warriewood, before taking the new ball and returning the outstanding figures of 5/4 from seven overs, to rout Mona Vale for 89.


It was described as “a slugfest in Siberia” when Warringah Redbacks and Warringah Big Dogs kicked off the baseball season at Aquatic Reserve. In an entertaining 13-all draw, pitching stood little chance against very hot hitting. Yet it was relief pitchers Todd Eisenhauer (Redbacks) and Luke Eisenhauer (Big Dogs) who stemmed the run avalanche. The brothers were later named joint NBST Player of the Week.


Newport Breakers were the rugby story of the year, finishing club champion of the Clark Cup third grade “Subbies” competition and winning premierships in firsts, seconds and Colts. In Shute Shield, Manly Marlins second grade made the grand final (only to bow out against Easts) but unearthed a cult hero in front-rower Ivan Fepuleai who scored 20 tries including three hat-tricks. Meanwhile the Rats bid farewell to skipper Sam Ward, scrum half Josh Holmes, hooker Rob Kelly and Dave Feltscheer who all called time on their careers in the last round, 26-14 win over Northern Suburbs at Rat Park.


From midday on 23 October, Mike and Kristy Battaglia, and their friend Peter Fegan, exercised every four hours for 48 hours. They boxed and swam and rowed and ran up Alexander St in Collaroy four times - at midnight. They did it for a charity called Livin.


Wakehurst O/35 Div1’s won a famous treble with a 2-1 victory over North Sydney in the Champions Cup at North Turramurra Recreation Area. Manly Allambie United O/45 Div3’s remained undefeated for season 2020 and took out the league and cup double when they beat Forest Killarney FC B 4-1 in the grand final at Millers Reserve. And 21 years since the club was born, the Collaroy-Cromer Strikers FC won their first Premier League trophy after their reserve grade beat Mosman FC on penalties in a heated grand final at Cromer 2.

Keep up to date with the local sports action in the Northern Beaches Sports Tribune www.northernbeachessportstribune.com.au


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