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Women in League Round Monday 19th May 2O14 | ROUND 10 v Newcastle Knights

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Women, in particular our female members play a significant role in our game and I’m proud to be a part of it. It’s about celebrating that role and encouraging more people to get involved.


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Why The Women In League Round Is Important


A significant contributor to our female related image is the connection with the Eagles Angels. The brainchild of Wendy Harmer and Sarah Murdoch back in 2002. The club was in a desperate situation having come off a failed marriage with the North Sydney Bears. Wendy and Sarah got a bunch of high profile girls together and attracted the eye of a major partner in Max Delmege, and as they say the rest is history. Manly have led the way in understanding the importance and needs of women in league. The Eagles Angels have helped to differentiate our club from other clubs and as such attracted sponsors. One of those sponsors was Domayne. One evening in the Eagles Angels Lounge at Brookvale Oval, Katie Page came along to one of our matches and we were visited by then NRL CEO David Gallop. Katie made the comment to David that “this is what the NRL should be doing – looking after their women” and again the rest is history! The NRL started the Women in League round in 2006. So we are proud of the part we have played in creating the Women In League round and we are proud of the recognition and support the NRL and all the other clubs continue to give to women. This round recognises women play a major role in the game and it’s a fantastic way of encouraging more women to get involved and participate in the game in some way. It’s about celebrating the achievements, the growth of women in Rugby League while encouraging those in the game to push even harder to break new barriers. Most importantly it’s about breaking down stereotypes while also raising funds for some great causes along the way. It is about acknowledging that women are important to the sport of Rugby League – from the grass roots volunteers, referees, physiotherapists, club staff, administrators, media, supporting husbands and sons, to strapping on the boots and taking the field themselves. Today we have our first female CEO – Raelene Castle (Bulldogs) and Rebecca Frizelle (Titans Chairman). Who knows, perhaps a female coach one day? Thank you to everyone involved, especially our female members, enjoy the Women in League round and go the Sea Eagles! Mary Finkelsen

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By Jack Bartlett

Kurt Gidley v Matt Ballin SEA-2071940 With Origin around the corner, we start this edition of Head to Head with a little piece of trivia: Matt Ballin’s sole game for Queensland in 2010 was also the last game Kurt Gidley started for NSW, captaining his side in a 28-24 Blues loss. Fast-forward to 2014, and while Gidley is no certainty for NSW and Ballin waits patiently for Cameron Smith to relinquish his hold on the Queensland no.9 jersey, both are playing consistent football, having started every game this year. In fact, Gidley is enjoying his most uninterrupted start to a season since 2009 and will play his most consecutive games in one position


since 2007. Despite not playing his preferred fullback position, the 31-year-old has been solid replacement for Danny Buderus, averaging almost 35 tackles per game.

NRL’s Mr Nice Guy averages almost 46 tackles per game in 2014 and believe it or not, he’s not only making more tackles than last season but remarkably running almost 10 more meters per game.

They are promising signs for the Novocastrians, with Gidley not having played a full season for more than a decade.

In many ways, these are two athletes from different moulds: Ballin is Manly’s workhorse who’s contribution often goes unnoticed while Gidley is the Knights Mr Versatile, playing in no In contrast, Ballin hasn’t missed a match less than six positions during his long since the opening round of 2008 – a career. feat even more impressive considering the 30-year-old regularly tops the tackle Ballin and Gidley may now be two of charts each round and has made more the NRL’s elder statesmen but as usual tackles than any other NRL player. both will have a big say in the fortunes of their respective sides on Monday The man affectionately known as the night.


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Layne Beachley Encourages Girls and Women to Aim for the Stars. The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars’ Foundation has been included as one of the Sea Eagles official charity partners for the 2014 NRL season. ‘Aim for the Stars’ inspires and empowers girls and women to achieve their goals. The Foundation provides financial and moral support to girls and women across Australia to help them realize their dreams in academic, sport, business, environmental and community pursuits. ‘Aim for the Stars’ enables girls and women to invest in their future and fulfil their potential. The Foundation is committed to extending and expanding its support each year. The large number of girls and women that apply for scholarships year on year reinforces just how important it is for the ‘Aim for the Stars’ Foundation to grow and increase its support. Layne Beachley needs your help to do this. Through your support the ‘Aim for the Stars’ Foundation can help many more of these passionate and deserving girls and women in 2014 and beyond. How to Help There are many ways you can get involved: 1. Become a corporate partner ‘Aim for the Stars’ is looking for like-minded partners who value and are invested in supporting girls and women. We understand that each of our partners will have individual needs and we will work collaboratively with each organisation to ensure that all benefits are tailored to provide a true partnership. 2. Make a donation – Financial and or in-kind Your donation goes directly to supporting aspiring women around the country. Donations of good and services for our event raffles and auction items would also be gratefully received. 3. Become a volunteer Everyone has something to offer whether it’s in the office or at one of our events. 4. Host a fundraising event Hosting an event is a fun way to raise money and to help The Layne Beachley ‘Aim for the Stars’ Foundation support aspiring females around the country. To help you with your fundraising, you can choose to have your own online fundraising page which we can help you set up through our friends at ‘Everyday Hero’. Interested persons can get additional information by referring to the website: Website: If you would like to support or donate to the Foundation, general enquiries can be made to the ‘Aim for the Stars’ office. Ph: 0422600733 Email:


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By Mary Finkelsen

It was 12 years ago that Wendy Harmer, Sarah (Murdoch) , a group of amazing women and then Sea Eagles CEO Ian Thomson organised a wonderful evening at the Manly Leagues Club Since that memorable evening, then the club have made four Grand Final appearances and won two Premierships. The Eagles Angels were the original ‘Women in League’. In fact, a 2004 report into Women and Rugby League recommended the Eagles Angels as the model that all clubs should seek to emulate and that our special group of girls were unanimously known across the League as being a very passionate and positive force for the game. It was in 2006 that the NRL took the Eagles Angels lead and helped create the ‘Women in League’ concept . Now the ‘Women in League’ round is celebrated each year as one of the most important rounds in the NRL season.

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Our girls are a very unique group of female high achievers. Besides excelling in their chosen fields, they all share a common love of Rugby League and their beloved Sea Eagles. The role of the Angels is to help promote the Sea Eagles (and their partners), however they are also involved with fundraising initiatives that help connect women and families in the local community and beyond. They have raised the profile and image of the club, encouraged more female and family connection and have given the Sea Eagles a significant point of difference over our rivals. We are fortunate to have so many high profile female faces in our corner each season, something that continues to set us apart from our rivals and we are forever grateful for their support. If you are interested in involving your business with the Eagles Angels, by association you will also be an integral part of the Sea Eagles brand. It’s a fun and engaging way to connect and relate closely to the female market with an association to a club that understands and places importance of marketing to women.

Who are the Eagles Angels?

Nici Andronicus Triathlete/Organic Foods Layne Beachley World Champion Surfer Tracy Bevan McGrath Foundation Laura Enever Professional Surfer Melissa Femia Radio and TV Personality Naomi Flood Australian Ironwoman and Olympic Kayaker Maryanne Fogarty Professional Irish Dancer Melinda Gainsford-Taylor Athlete and TV Personality Wendy Harmer Radio and TV Personality, Author and Journalist Brooke Hanson Olympic Swimmer Jean Hay Mayor of Manly Shelley Oates – Wilding Olympic Kayaker Amy O’Mara Superbike Racing (only female) Jenny Owens Olympic Snow Skiier Kerri Pottharst Gold Olympic Beach Volleyball Annie Sargeant Netball – ex Australian Captain Louise Sauvage Gold Paralympian Tracey Spicer TV and Radio Presenter, Journalist Shelley Taylor-Smith Marathon Swimmer Debbie Watson Gold Olympic Water Polo

And we are proud to welcome two new Angels to our Group: Krystal Barter Sarah Peattie


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By John Chammas

Visions of Darren Albert crossing in the dying minutes of the 1997 grand final will forever remain in the hearts of every Newcastle and Manly fan. Depending on who you support, the 1997 decider goes down as one of the greatest grand final victories in the history of the game. It was a piece of Andrew Johns magic that sunk the hearts of the Sea Eagles faithful as the Knights claimed their first premiership a decade after entering the competition, igniting a rivalry that stands strong today. Unfortunately, the Novocastrians would go on to win the next five matches to rub salt into the wounds of the men in maroon and white. However, the arrival of coach Des Hasler at Manly in 2004 would see the Sea Eagles pull off their first victory against the Knights since that famous grand final. The 48-10 victory, the club’s biggest winning margin against Newcastle, saw Scott Donald and Brett Stewart both bag doubles on a memorable Sunday

2013 v Newcastle Knights - Brett Stewart SEA-2072191, Brenton Lawrence SEA- 2724796, Matt Ballin SEA-2071940

afternoon at Brookvale Oval. They then backed that up the following year with a comprehensive 48-26 victory that brought an end to the rut and ultimately kick-started the climb back to supremacy. Clashes between these two sides have been nothing short of controversial. In 2006, halfback Andrew Johns was charged and suspended for abusing a

match official in the dying moments of his side’s 1614 loss to Manly. The two sides would meet during the finals series later that year with Newcastle prevailing in a fierce battle that saw hooker Danny Buderus suspended for a spear tackle on Manly’s flyer Michael Robertson. The following season, which marked 10 years since the 1997 decider, the Sea Eagles crushed the

Knights in Gosford. In recent years, the Sea Eagles have had Newcastle’s measure, winning four of their last five matches. Overall, the Sea Eagles have won 26 of their 45 clashes against the Knights, including their most recent victory in round two last season, keeping their opposition scoreless in a clinical display at Brookvale Oval.



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When women who are passionate about our great club are often spoken about, it is the Eagles Angels who often take the limelight. While they have done a brilliant job in assisting the club through numerous promotions over the years, it’s now time to introduce to you all to the wonderful women behind our great football team on a daily basis. SEA EAGLES LADIES OF LEAGUE · Deanne Lees – Team/Community Relations Manager · Mary Finklesen –Key Partnerships & Business Development · Mel Vayro – Development Officer · Vanessa De Conti – Management Accountant · Michelle Carpenter – Community Relations · Judy Fitzgerald – Careers Advisor · Samara Bauman – Marketing Trainee · Tammy Wheeler – Retail Assistant · Sandra Vallelonga – Executive Assistant to GM · Grace Alder – Marketing Administrator We caught up with six of our lovely ladies earlier in the week to chat about their roles at the club, some of their favourite moments and players as well as why they feel Women in League round is an important annual event of the rugby league calendar. TELL US A LIT TLE ABOUT YOU ROLE DOWN AT SEA EAGLES HQ? Mary: My role at the club is looking after our Key Partners – Kaspersky and URM to name a couple. I’m their point of contact at the club to make sure we deliver what we promise and hopefully more, so at the end of their contract they want to stay with us, and hopefully invest more money. All the sponsors I manage are great to deal 8

with which really helps and I also work on acquiring new business, trying to identify any opportunities – so anyone out there that’s interested, call me! Deanne: I started with the Sea Eagles in 1998 in a part-time trainers role with the Junior Rep teams and moved in to an administration role for the Sea Eagles side of the Northern Eagles in 2001. Over the years, I have worked mainly in both Team Operations and Community Relations roles but along the way have also worked spasmodically in Player Welfare, Media and Marketing. Judy: Primarily my role as Careers Advisor is to help players plan and prepare for life after footy and what I love most about my job, apart from working with talented, inspiring, generous and humble young men, is unlocking the barriers that prevent them from pursuing their dreams outside of football. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Michelle: Working as a part of the Community team, it would have to be seeing the enjoyment from the families who come into ‘Wolfies Howlers’ (our sponsored area for sick and/or disabled children and their families in the dugout) for a day where they can simply forget things, sit back and relax while watching the game from the best viewpoint of all! Tammy: Being the retail assistant, what I love most about my job is the satisfaction I get from serving our proud and passionate supporters on a daily basis at the superstore and on game-day.


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recently had a rather too close for comfort encounter with a large python! I was also new to rugby league when I joined and from a foreign country, so had to actually Google who ”Steve Menzies” was when I first started… Mary: Being part of the success of the Eagles Angels, our amazing 40 nil 2008 Grand Final and helping to get our Major Sponsor Kaspersky on board.

Judy Fitzgerald Mel: As an NRL development Officer, every day in my role is different as I deal with a wide range of organisations at various levels, from teachers to kids, to mums and dads, so every day has a highlight or memory! I love working within the community department too at the Sea Eagles alongside Deanne and Michelle, as we are all on the same page that the smallest gesture we can offer can potentially change somebody’s life for the better. Judy: I enjoy working with the some of the most senior NRL players all the way through to our under 16s, planting seeds, nurturing talent and opening doors. What I love is the combined support of Club coaches and staff - especially Geoff Toovey, Steve Gigg and Luke Williamson - as well as the NRL Education and Apprentice Mentoring programs, as without them, being effective in my role would be extremely challenging. WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ALL TIME PLAYERS? Mary: As a teenager I was in love with Johnny Gibb’s blonde locks and his socks around the ankles. Oh and of course Terry Randall’s blue eyes. During the 90’s I was mesmerised by Steve Menzies, Cliff Lyons and Geoff Toovey so it’s a real privilege that I now work with these guys. Sometimes I have to pinch myself!

Deanne: I have had the privilege of working with some incredibly talented people over the past 14 seasons both in coaches, administrators and a pretty amazing playing group! I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in 4 grand finals, obviously each one a highlight individually because they were all so unique. ANY FINAL WORDS… Vanessa: We have a proud record here at the Sea Eagles and women are having a significant influence on our game, so I hope you all enjoy today’s round! Mel: Women in League Round is important as it recognises the vast roles that women play within this great game. From volunteering at junior clubs, playing the game, becoming a match official, coaching a side or becoming the CEO or Coach of an NRL club - every job is important and every woman makes a difference. Deanne: One thing has always remained solid in my time here is that ever present Sea Eagles culture of respect and accountability. It’s an uncompromised commitment to support one another regardless of challenges thrown our way, and very much one of the reasons I have worked with this proud and successful club for so many years.

Michelle: Mr Nice Guy – Matt Ballin. When I first started here he was the first player to come in and say hello to me and have a chat. I don’t think I will ever forget my then six year old daughter Layla meeting Matt and driving home she said, “Mum he is my favourite player because he talked to me! Do you think he will remember me when I see him again?” Of course Matt did and being the gentleman he is, he always asks after my kids every time I see him. Tammy: Favourite player would have to be my partner Cheyse Blair. He is the best looking out of the bunch, has a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. ANY HIGHLIGHTS OR FUNNY MOMENTS DURING YOUR TIME HERE YOU CAN SHARE? Vanessa: Being new to Australia, I have found that there are many unwanted visitors in and near our office block at the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen and

Tammy & Mel


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By Judy Fitzgerald

ISSUE 2    


Manly WelfEd Matters APRIL 2014


APRIL 2014  

Media Training with Hunter TAFE

CERTIFICATE IV’S COMMENCE ON SITE Two certificate  IV’s  have  recently   commenced  at  North  Narrabeen  by  Sea   Eagles  NRL  and  NYC  players.     Six  of  our  players  have  embarked  on   studying  Certificate  III  and  IV  in  Fitness   with  Study  Group,  the  parent  company   of  ACPE.  Their  Trainer,  Katie  Turner  is   herself  a  personal  trainer  and  runs   weekly  sessions  in  the  Boardroom  with   Dunamis  Lui,  Michael  Chee-­‐Kam,   Delroy  Berryman,  Ligi  Sao,  Liam   Knight  and  Luke  Garner.  The  frequent   bursts  of  laughter  heard  in  the  corporate   office  suggests  that  learning  is  being   made  a  whole  lot  of  fun.     Delivered  in  two  parts,  Certificate  III   allows  players  to  work  in  a  gym  and  will   be  completed  by  the  end  of  the  season;   and  Certificate  IV  will  qualify  players  to   operate  as  personal  trainers  and  begin   their  own  personal  training  businesses.   Certificate  IV  will  commence  at  the  start   of  the  2015  season.   Community  and  Recreation  is  the   second  Certificate  IV  being  delivered  at   the  Club  and  is  being  facilitated  by  a   variety  of  subject  matter  experts  from   Australian  Training  Company,  a  


registered training  organisation  with  a   strong  relationship  with  the  Sea  Eagles.   Jesse  Sene-­‐Lefau,  Jorge  Taufua,  Mick   Simmons,  Tua  Tualima,  Matt  Ikuvalu,   Peta  Hiku  and  Manaia  Rudolph  meet   weekly  in  either  the  Corporate   Boardroom  or  the  Star  Wars  room.  Once   completed,  players  will  be  equipped  to   manage  and  coordinate  sports  and   recreation  programs  with  groups  such  as   children,  the  elderly  and  people  with   disabilities  and  at  a  variety  of  venues  like   swimming  pools,  PCYC  and  community   centres.   The  practical  element  of  this   qualification  will  see  our  players  out  in   the  community  designing  and  running   activities  for  a  wide  variety  of  people.   We  are  working  closely  with  our   community  partners  to  facilitate  this   important  component  which  is  designed   to  help  embed  the  learning.      

Picture: from  R  to  L:  Katie  Turner  (Tutor),   Delroy  Berryman,  Dunamis  Lui,  Ligi  Sao,   Michael  Chee-­‐Kam,  Liam  Knight  and  Luke   Garner  in  the  Corporate  Boardroom.  

The Manly  WelfEd  team  have  negotiated       50%  sponsorship  from  the  NRL  and   coordinated  delivery  of  Media  Training  to  a   group  of  our  NRL  players.        

This Hunter  TAFE  course  was  delivered  to   the  Knights  last  season  and,  to  this  date,  is   considered  an  enormous  success.  The  four   part  course,  delivered  in  fortnightly  three   hour  segments  by  Emily  Figueroa,  is   designed  to  help  players  become  more   comfortable  and  confident  when  responding   to  media  questions  and  scrutiny.  It  also   develops  skills  for  those  impromptu  and   unplanned  for  moments  when  players  need   to  respond  to  fans  and  the  general  public   more  broadly.        

Dunamis Lui  had  this  to  say  about  the   experience:  “I  didn’t  think  I’d  learn  much,  but   I’m  now  more  confident  about  answering   questions.  I  also  know  how  to  avoid  talking   about  other  players,  which  has  integrity  for   me.”    

The final  segment  of  the  course  is  due  on   nd Tuesday  22  April  and  will  see  successful   completion  by  Jake  Trjobevic,  Clint   Gutherson,  Tom  Symonds,  Jack  Littlejohn,   Brenton  Lawrence,  Peta  Hiku,  Jorge   Taufua,  Jayden  Hodges  and  Dunamis  Lui.  


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SEA EAGLES IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY The Sea Eagles Corporate Team held a B2B event for Business Partners at the Casula Powerhouse Museum in Western Sydney on Thursday 1st May. Current Corporate Partners and a number of guests interested in becoming involved in the Club’s Corporate Program attended and had an the opportunity to mingle with one another. Head Coach Geoff Toovey and Sea Eagles’ Back Cheyse Blair welcomed attendees and the event was hosted by former Sea Eagles Premiership player turned Real Estate Agent, Mark Bryant. For more information on how the Sea Eagles can drive your key business objectives and B2B interaction contact 02 9970 3000 or email

Sea Eagles’ General Manager David Perry addresses the audience.

Emcee Mark Bryant, Mayor of Liverpool Ned Mannoun, Head Coach Geoff Toovey, Sea Eagles’ Back Cheyse Blair and Liverpool Councillor Peter Ristevski

Mayor of Liverpool, Ned Mannoun welcomes Sea Eagles Business Partners and thanks attendees from Western Sydney

Sea Eagles’ John Beaumont, Acenet Solutions’ Harry Aghayan, Kaspersky Lab’s Alfy Perez and Liverpool Councillor Peter Ristevski

Scott Ellard from Corporate Partner Got to Go Solar wins a Kaspersky Internet Security Package presented by Kaspersky Business Development Manager, Alfy Perez.



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QUEEN OF THE SEA BIRDS @manlyseabirds



This is the ‘CEO’ of the Seabirds – the ever energetic and creative Monique Carroll . She is celebrating her 20th season with the Club and we caught up with her about how it all started, her favourite song to dance to and what it takes to be a world famous Sea Bird. IS IT TRUE YOU HAVE WORKED WITH THE CLUB FOR 20 YEARS NOW? I know, it’s been so crazy! Where have those 20 years gone? I started with Sea Eagles back in 1995 when Frank Stanton was CEO, Bob Fulton was coach and it was my husband Mark Carroll’s 2nd year with Manly. It’s been the most amazing 20 years, working for such a strong club that has always fielded a team of great players with such determination to win. WERE YOU EVER A CHEER GIRL? I was a cheerleader with the “Lyndal Johns Australian Cowgirls” and made my debut cheering on the North Sydney Bears in 1982. I was given so many wonderful opportunities with the Australian Cowgirls including performing at 12 Rugby League Grand Finals, charity events, televised performances and multiple State of Origin series. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN OVER THE YEARS? The impact of social media has changed over the years. There’s an ever-increasing attention on us all and each year our brand The Manly Seabirds grows more within our local community as well as abroad because of it. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A SEABIRD? Qualities such as dance ability, poise, grace, personality, intelligence, personal appearance, high kicks, splits and showmanship IS IT TRUE THERE’S ALWAYS A PRE - MATCH PARTY IN THE AVIARY? We find game days so exciting. It’s the players that have all of the pressure, while the Seabirds and the fans get to watch them each game, simply enjoying the skills and determination they display. A lot of our excitement in the dressing room happens organically because it’s game day and we’re pumped to perform and share the excitement with the Sea Eagles fans. WHAT IS THE GIRLS’ FAVOURITE SONG TO DANCE TO? Eagle Rock is always our favourite routine to perform. So many emotions come to play during this song, with pride and a sense of fan power often sweeping over the girls helping to always make it a great performance. HOW OFTEN DO THE GIRLS TRAIN? We have one training night a week of three hours and we meet a few hours before kick off on game day. The girls must be completely committed, always being aware that they are ambassadors for the Sea Eagles with their hard work and commitment always rewarded through memorable experiences and beautiful friendships.

DO YOU DESIGN AND MAKE THE OUTFITS? Yes, I do. While our traditional uniform is our favourite and we are recognised for it throughout the NRL and the local community, we definitely like to bring excitement to the game day entertainment by wearing new costumes and complimenting them with customised routines. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT OTHER CLUBS GETTING RID OF THEIR CHEERGIRLS? Cheerleaders have been gracing the sidelines of Rugby League for 52 years now and I think the most fascinating point is how different we all are. We are all so unique, offering so much variety from each game day experience from club to club. Each club has their own defined look or style and image that they wish to be portrayed through their cheersquad, but I do think the clubs without cheerleaders haven’t decided on a clear image for their cheersquad or have been let down by previous squads and the actions of their cheerleaders and/or coach. ANY ELSE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? While it may look very easy to field a cheersquad it definitely requires hard work, high standards, creativity, and set rules and guidelines for the cheerleaders to follow. It’s my goal each season to improve and move forward from the previous season with the Seabirds. I demonstrate equal passion, focus and enthusiasm to each of the cheerleaders and I hope that it is evident in their conduct on and off the field.


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SOCIAL SNAPS @manlyseaeagles




One of these women sat pregnant on the hill 34 years ago, the other stands pregnant here tonight. No matter the full time score, 2014 is going to be a great year. #NextGen #GoManly








Carolyn Elliott North Curl Curl Knights

Carolyn has been a volunteer for the North Curl Curl Knights for 15 years, the last six years she has had no children in the club playing football. Carolyn is amazingly dedicated to the club and enjoys helping in all aspects such as the Administration, acting as a gear steward and running the canteen. Quiet and jolly with a beautiful personality, Carolyn isn’t just there to support the young players playing our game, she is also the backbone to the clubs President Les Elliott. We really appreciate the work Carolyn does for this club.



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expecting over 300 local players to participate. These development squads wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our volunteer coaches and the support of our junior league clubs and are very grateful for their support.

The junior development squads are expanding every year, in 2014 we have invited every local player in the under 13’s, 14’s and under 15’s to be part of our development squads. The development squads train every Wednesday night for 10 weeks at the 2014 JUNIOR Sydney Sports Academy Narrabeen. REPRESENTATIVE SEASON We will also run a targeted trial REVIEW AND RESULTS. program with our under 12’s. 2014 was a big year for the Sea Eagles junior representative teams; This year’s Harold Matthews and our Harold Matthews (under 16) under age SG Ball players will form team was made up of 24 out 26 our under 17’s development program. players from our local clubs. In the The under 13’s, 14’s and 15’s will SG Ball (under 18’s) team we had 17 play 2 trial matches against North out of 24 players from local clubs; Sydney and from that we will select this is a wonderful result for the 25 players to participate in gala days junior league and our local club. run by the Bulldogs and the Central Coast Rugby League. These gala day The Harold Matthews team finished will give the players the opportunity the competition in equal 5th to represent the Sea Eagles against position with 6 wins and 3 losses. other NRL clubs. The SG Ball team finished the competition in 14th position with The 2014 development squads 2 wins and 7 losses. The Harold are shaping up well and, based Matthews had a winning streak of 5 on the huge success of our 2013 consecutive games. development squads, we are

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We have had 5 players from our SG Ball team move up to train with the NYC team with another 4 players to join the 2015 NYC squad. We are also fortunate that 9 of our SG Ball team will be backing up again next year.

EB GAMES COMES TO DEE WHY GRAND SHOPPING CENTRE! Dee Why Grand Shopping Centre is pleased to announce EB Games will be the newest addition to join their retail mix. EB Games are excited to be moving into Dee Why Grand Shopping Centre, a location that they describe as offering more convenience for their customers. To celebrate, the new EB Games store will run a Grand Opening special of 20% Off storewide for a 10 day period from Thursday 8th to Sunday 18th May 2014. The special excludes hardware, iTunes & POSA cards. Dee Why Grand Shopping Centre welcomes this newest entertainment category to the existing retail mix of fresh food retailers such as Coles, Aldi, Harris Farm Markets, Costi’s Famous Fish Café, Craig Cook’s Prime Quality Meats and Bakers Delight. In addition to services such as Westpac, St George, Mister Minit, homewares including Home & Giving and Homeart as well as fashion, health and beauty with Millers, Crossroad, Prodigy Hair Face Body, Natural Nails and Magic Elbow, Dee Why Grand Shopping Centre offers convenient shopping all under the one roof. Dee Why Grand Shopping Centre, Neighbourhood Shopping, Supporting Our Community and Proudly Australian Owned.


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The Swoop Edition 5  

To celebrate Women in League round, we recognise the dedication of the women who put countless hours into getting us to where we are today.

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