Shute Shield 2021: Manly Marlins getting better in their own space and time for new season

By MARK CASHMAN

Manly head coach Matt McGoldrick reckons it’s the best investment that the Marlins have made in years and he’s already seeing the benefits on an almost daily basis.

It’s not a surging start-up on the Aussie ASX or even a nice piece of property on Sydney’s increasingly exclusive lower northern beaches.

It’s a humble shed at the Marlins’ training base at Kierle Park just minutes drive north of Manly Oval and the Village Green!

The club has turned the 1950s style dressing sheds on the land that was reclaimed from a swamp at the back of the Queenscliff Lagoon in the 1920s by property developer and then Mayor Arthur Kierle, into a no-frills footy style gymnasium drawing on the trade skills of many of the club’s supporters and players.

“In all my time at Manly we haven’t had a space that the players could call their own and this is just that,” McGoldrick said.