BARLA v Manly DJRFL A Grade Representative
Wednesday 11 October 2006
Castleford Lock Lane ARLFC
Kick Off: 7.30pm
BARLA entertain a Manly Select Side part of the NRL's Manly Sea Eagles at Castleford Lock Lane ARLFC on Wednesday 11th October, 7.30pm kick off. It will be the opening game of the Australian sides short tour who arrived here on Sunday and sure to be a fast physical between both sides. BARLA will be hoping to gain a notable victory over the Australian side that they last played at the famous Brookvale Oval in 2004 when they went down 22-10 in the opening game of their tour.
BARLA skipper who held the Skanska Cup aloft on Wednesday following a 40-16 win over The Army is ready for the clash and is hoping for good support at the game,
"It will be a belter, I played in the game against Manly in Australia and like all Australian sides they will be tough. They will be jet lagged like BARLA were when we played over there so we will need to get them on the back foot and it will be a great game.
Hopefully there will be a big crowd on at Dewsbury following our recent success. It is a small compact stadium with a good atmosphere and I'm sure that Thornhill Trojans supporters will be there supporting Craig Holmes, Scott Woodcock and I. But I would ask for supporters from clubs all over the country to come and give the lads your support and a BARLA win."
Unbeaten Manager Mick Turner is looking forward to the clash, " I'm am looking forward to playing Manly and the side will give there all against. We lost twenty two ten at the Brookvale Oval in 2004 and I thought they conned us a little bit over there. They played us when we still had jet lag and they ended up putting one or two first teamers in plus a few guests and turned us over in the end. I felt after that game that we could have beaten them if we had had time to settle in. This time they are in the same situation as us."
BARLA Chair Spen Allison, "I'm expecting a very exciting game, I'm fully aware of what Manly Sea Eagles have got to offer and I think the BARLA side will lift themselves to another level and have enough petrol in the tank to get a famous victory. There will be no motivation needed whatsoever because at the end of the day it's the old enemy, Great Britain v Australia. I'm not interested in the politics of the game about who calls themselves what, it's Great Britain v Australia and it will be a superb spectacle and anyone who doesn't attend will be the losers on what could be a great and historic night for the amateur game.
" It will be Manly's first game which be an advantage to us but they will be well prepared. I know Phil Foster of old and I would like to say that Phil Foster is a personal friend and that he will have prepared his squad and will be ready for anything we throw at them. I feel; if we get our act together and we play to our full potential we could come out of this with a result
I am hoping that anybody and everybody who has an interest in rugby league attends the game and give this talented BARLA team there full support in what will be an exciting and enthralling game"