Shute Shield: Billy’s back in ‘town’ as Gordon take on Marlins at Manly

By MARK CASHMAN

Gordon coach Brian Melrose likes to go quietly on a Friday night during the footy season so a semi-regular catch up with his brothers at The Steyne Hotel in the heart of Manly has been parked for now.

‘Billy’ has lived in Manly for six years and has coached the Marlins with notable success on two separate occassions, but as northern beaches folklore says you’re not considered truly a local unless you are pushed up The Corso in a pram.

The Highlanders will begin their defence of the Shute Shield title at Manly Oval on Saturday in a game that is not be missed.

“Yeah we are ready go,” Melrose said. “I’ve had some good times at Manly Oval and really loved my time at the club.