ON SUNDAY, our one-day premiership hopes were washed away in frustrating circumstances.
Our opponents Northern Districts qualified for the finals one place higher than us and the rules state that, due to a washout, the higher placed team will advance to the final.
There was little we could do except watch the rain hammer down on a bleak Waitara Oval.
Our one-day form had been outstanding all season and I have no doubt we had the team to go all the way.
Among all the frustration our focus needs to turn to our two-day campaign.
We are fourth on the ladder and a win today against Sydney will see us all but secure a finals birth.
We have been starved of a two-day premiership since the 1988-89 season and there
is no doubt that winning this flag is the ultimate goal for all our players.
You don’t very often get the opportunity to create history and achieve a special feat like this.
Our side is as good as any I’ve played in at Manly and I know Sunday’s disappointment will create more motivation to have a strong finish to what has been a great season for us.
BOSSY IN CHARGE
IT WAS great to see veteran fast bowler Corrie Boss take the field last weekend after a tough run of injuries over the past couple of seasons.
“Bossy” has missed the past two seasons due to injury.
He has spent most of this year on the sideline after recovering from elbow surgery.
Although he made his return in lower grades, it is great to see him back on the park and among the wickets.
He took three Sydney scalps in his first bowl back.
It is only a matter of time before we see him climb back up the grades and become an integral part of our first-grade squad once again.
Meanwhile, with finals time lingering, the club is certainly in a great position to potentially qualify four of our five grades in the finals.