Shute Shield Round 4 Preview: Woodies Wary Of Manly Backlash

by Paul Cook - Round 4 of the 2013 Shute Shield season kicked off on Anzac Day at Coogee Oval when Eastern Suburbs claimed bragging rights over neighbours Randwick with a 27-17 victory, but there’s plenty more footy in store across the weekend and no clash bigger than the ABC match of the round – Manly v Eastwood at Manly Oval. The Marlins and Woodies have been two of the heavyweight sides in recent seasons and both perennial finals achievers. Manly fell one game short of the big one last year while Eastwood have lifted the Minor Premiership three years in a row and topped it off with a Grand Final win in 2011. Their combined form so far in 2013 has been good, both have dropped just the one game from their opening three fixtures but it was the manner of Manly’s 41-17 loss to Parr
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