Sport: Around the Grounds, Issue 5, May 2021
Men and Women of Manly United are top of the table, Manly DCC and Harbord Bowling Club Cricket Club won premierships, and a prodigal son returned for Forest Renegades to take out MVP in the Minor League baseball grand final.
Manly United went equal top of the NSW National Premier League table with a fine 2-0 win over Sydney FC. After a tight first half finished 0-0, United striker Jack Fulton launched a superb strike from well outside the 18-yard box that rocketed into the top left-hand corner of the net. Fulton then turned provider with a through-ball for 18-year-old debutant Ben Gibson who thrilled the vocal crowd at Cromer Park by slotting the match-winner. Gibson had been on the field seven minutes.
Two days later on the same venue Manly United’s women’s team – which is still missing eight players from W-League - beat Bankstown City FC 3-1, with goals to Sophie Nenadovic, Caitlin Jarvie and Kahli Johnson. United coach Tom Hopley was full of praise for Nenadovic in her first competitive 90 minutes of football in 12 months after serious injury. “Sophie played the whole game with high intensity, was quality on the ball and showed a cool head. She showed some touches of class. Kahli Johnson was a workhouse at wing back and ran all day. And Nicole Stuart was out of position at left centre back but was very reliable and made several desperate, last-ditch tackles.”
Harbord Bowling Club has taken out the prestigious Clifton D. Leake Shield with a first innings win over Cromer at Melwood Oval. Harbord’s opening bowler Zac Youlten was the destroyer taking 5/38 as Cromer limped to 128, only Scott Riddle (53) offering any resistance. With the ball Cromer put themselves right in the match with Ben Sheppard (5/46) and Andrew Wylie (3/59) reducing Harbord to 8/121. But an unbeaten stand of 64 by Corey Fehily (36*) and man-of-the-match Youlten (28*) saw their team to 8/185 and the club’s 11th first grade premiership.
In Shires cricket Warringah won the fourth grade premiership against Burwood. In Premier cricket, Manly’s first grade lost the 50-over grand final by 229 runs at Drummoyne Oval while Manly’s seconds beat St George by 24 runs at Manly Oval.
Manly had success in women's cricket beating Sydney by 58 runs at Graham Reserve to take out the second grade premiership.
The Forest Renegades completed their quest for an undefeated season recording an 11-1 mercy rule victory over Warringah Redbacks in the Manly-Warringah Minor League first grade grand final. Pitcher and “prodigal son” Adam Charman was the star for Forest, the Manly junior and former Petersham player giving up just six hits whilst recording 10 strikeouts across seven innings.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have lost their first four games of the season by a total of 156 points to 34, and re-signed the coach. The Centre of Excellence is coming along though and looks in a smaller hole than the first grade team.