Shute Shield: Northern Suburbs kick on at end against Manly Marlins

By MARK CASHMAN

On an afternoon when there were storylines aplenty Northern Suburbs scored an attention getting 28-19 win over the Manly Marlins on Saturday.

This was the first major test for the Shoremen in the 2020 season after disposing of West Harbour and Penrith earlier in the year and they passed with flying colours scoring three tries and coming home on the boot of flyhalf Angus Sinclair, who kicked two penalty goals, two conversions and iced the game with a field goal.

But in the background there was the emotional jersey presentation before the game from the club’s former Wallaby Richard Tombs who stood up from his wheelchair to hand out the first grade squad’s jumpers and speak of what the club means to him.

The main focus in the pre-game formalities was on starting debut prop Isaac Cavu and Gary Bautz who came off the bench to play his 50th first grade game.