Seeing The ‘Woods’ For The Trees: How Eastwood Were Reborn

by Paul Cook - It didn’t start with a bang. A loss to Warringah certainly wasn’t the best way for John Manenti to announce himself as a Shute Shield head coach but that day back in July 2010 can now be heralded as a new dawn for Eastwood rugby club. “I wasn’t too sure if I’d made the right decision after we lost that first one,” Manenti jovially reflects now, “but thankfully, we won the next week and went from there.” To say that is an understatement would be an understatement in itself. A touch over three and a half years later, Manenti has now guided the Woodies to four consecutive Minor Premierships, suffering only 11 defeats from 74 games in the process, and tomorrow, they compete in their second Grand Final in three years against the team they beat in 2011
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