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1995-97, 2007-08 or 2011-12 team?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by simon_eagle, May 21, 2012.

  1. simon_eagle

    simon_eagle Well-Known Member

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    For me, the 1995-97 team was immense and so well-drilled. Defencelessly the strongest (and that is saying something), but what about attacking flare? Natural match-winners? Team spirit? Which team did you enjoy watching the most?

    Did we not go 17 unbeaten from 1995-1996? Unbelievable when you look back. Having said this, the footy that we played last season and so far this season has been the most enjoyable I've watched. I think the squad that we have now is very, very tight-knit and that goes along way.



    In my opinion, Killer and the two Stewart's would be instant starters in the 1995-97 teams, but not sure about any others of our current crop? Perhaps Matai or Robertson? Kite-2008 form maybe?[hr]
    I'd give Ballin a bench spot in the 1995-97 teams.
     
  2. Jonesyv2

    Jonesyv2 Active Member

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    I think Watmough would of been an instant starter, you talk about the tight knit team, Having heard Watmoughs post match speeches yesterday and his love for manly I think he brings alot of morale and toughness to this side and it's very noticeable when he is missing.
     
  3. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    i think beaver would have been in the side in either of the 90's or 2008 teams
     
  4. simon_eagle

    simon_eagle Well-Known Member

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    I love Choc and his statements regarding Stuart goes to show how he is maturing as a person, but would he replace Daniel Gartner for the other second-row spot? Definitely on the bench.[hr]
    I thought it went without saying, because he was part of all of those teams.
     
  5. firechild

    firechild Active Member

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    IMO the back row of Menzies, Kosef and Gartner was the best I've seen. Menzies, Watmough and Stewart comes an extremely close second.
    Would Snake be a walk up start in front of Ridge? They are/were both exceptional talents and it would be hard to let go of Ridge's kicking ability considering he shad so many other qualities he shared with snake (huge attacking ability and strong defense and organisation).
    Killer would take a centre spot for sure, he's probably about the best centre to ever wear the maroon and white.
    On the wings, there are some good options, Hoppa (jnr and snr), Robbo, Hancock, the Wolf. I'd probably take Robbo and Hoppa jnr.
    Toovey and Cliffy or DCE and Foz? Ordford and Lyon certainly isn't the best.

    Overall, I'd take the 1995-97 sides (keeping in mind 1995 to 1997 was quite different with blokes like Ridge and Roberts going to Sewer league and Ha$ler heading west).
     
  6. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo Premium Member

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    For beers and giggles

    1 Brett Stewart
    2 John hopoate
    3 Jamie Lyon
    4 Craig Innes
    5 Michael Robertson
    6 Cliff Lyons
    7 toovey
    8 mark Carroll
    9 Matt Ballin
    10 David Gillespie
    11 Steve Menzies
    12 Anthony Watmough
    13 Glenn Stewart

    14 nik kosef
    15 Brent kite
    16 Jason King
    17 Danny Garenter
     
  7. Crusher_Cleal

    Crusher_Cleal Well-Known Member

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    The 95-97 team was rightly known for its insane defence, but they sure could score a try or five when needed!
    For what it's worth:
    1. Stewart
    2. J.Hopoate
    3. Lyon
    4. Hill
    5. Robertson
    6. Lyons
    7. Toovey
    8. Carroll
    9. Ballin
    10. Gillespie
    11. Kosef
    12. Beaver
    13. Stewart
    Res: Watmough, Gartner, King, Hasler
    Don't feel Foz & DCE have done enough yet to get in the above.
     
  8. Jimmy Jazz

    Jimmy Jazz Well-Known Member

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    We won the first 15 rounds in 1995 before losing to the Roosters at Brookvale, I think this might have been the game were Gus threatened to take the team from the field.

    The 1995 Manly side has the best winning percentage of all Manly sides (20 wins from 22 rounds).
     
  9. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    I'd go with Chris Bailey on the bench over Hasler
     
  10. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Come on ! Jye Mullane lol
     
  11. Crusher_Cleal

    Crusher_Cleal Well-Known Member

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    btw, 11-12 team and the 95-97 team feel VERY alike: an illustrious backrow, strong defending/attacking centre combo, and a dominant half.
     
  12. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Needs more Michael Witt[hr]
    Also Elsegood > Hoppa
     
  13. jbb/james

    jbb/james Well-Known Member

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    Ian roberts has to be in it somewhere, and brett and ridgey are just so good, one of them has to be on the wing. They are better than any other wingers we had. If kosef had better knees he would have been in the best backrowers of all time. He was really good ball player, he was a great origin player for NSW also. I would have choc, kosef and glen all ahead of beaver in the back row based on ability

    And jim sedaris was a good player too, very hard to leave out even though ballin is a champ
     
  14. simon_eagle

    simon_eagle Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that. The two or three wins at the end of the 1996 season made it 18 or something? Perhaps only St George or Souths have a winning streak as good as that. I like your username as well, Jimmy Jazz.. aka The Clash!
     
  15. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Hoppa Jnr > Hoppa
     
  16. Jimmy Jazz

    Jimmy Jazz Well-Known Member

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    Yes Simon, first name Jim so can't go past Jimmy Jazz from one of the greatest albums of all time - London Calling.
     
  17. firechild

    firechild Active Member

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    1. Stewart (only gets the nod because Lyon can take kicking duties)
    2. Hoppa Jnr
    3. Lyon
    4. Matai (hard to go past Hill but Matai ticks all the boxes)
    5. Robbo
    6. Lyons
    7. Toovey
    8. Carroll
    9. Ballin
    10. Gillespe
    11. Menzies
    12. Watmough
    13. Kosef

    14. Roberts
    15. Stewart
    16. King
    17. Hasler (dare I utter his name? he does balance the bench though)

    At their respective peaks, this team would be near unstoppable.
     
  18. lloydy

    lloydy Active Member

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    There aren't many clubs that can have as good a topic like this one can!
    The every decade Sea Eagles!!! pretty bloody good!
    Some poor clubs haven't even won since the internet, computers or colour tv's were invented.
    I think the current team would give the 95-97 team a big shake!
     
  19. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Who would you all rate a better team. 08 or 11? Most players played in both but who would you rather playing for your life?
     
  20. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    08, more experienced and battle hardened, Stewart pre knee injuries good enough to keep Slater at bay, Beaver in the side as well
     

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