Luke Holmes: Why the Warringah & Manly rivalry is so special

By Beale Stainton This Saturday’s derby between Waringah and Manly could well be the final battle of the beaches for Luke Holmes as he considers devoting more of his life to family and further challenges ahead, but wearing the green and white of his club and community is what he prizes more than anything else in his illustrious career as a player, and the passionate rivalry with the men from the Marlins is a contest that retreats to his days as a Rats ball boy back in the under nines and has continued ever since. “I learned really early, that if you played for Warringah Rugby Club, and you really loved being a Rat, you didn’t like Manly,” said Holmes. “My dad coached Colts when I was fifteen. It was 1999 and we made the Grand Final. Manly had George Smith, James Lukepa, John Payne in their side. We had Michael Lipman, Justin Purll, Sam Harris just to name a few. I remember that game, we lost. I remember just sitting around with my dad, he was pretty gutted. “Fir
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