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2016, the year that was , or wasn't

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Mark from Brisbane, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

    +12,049 / 238
    I'm hoping ( yes I know somewhat with trepidation) that this doesn't become just another " sack the coach" thread and that everyone might contribute some highlights , some couldabeens, some only if's, some lowlights (lots of those I guess) and what you have taken from the year.

    Not too many highlights I know but for me the standout is young Tom, if he was fit he would be unstoppable , a future Blue / Kangaroo for sure.

    Also great to see Brad Parker emerge at the end, I'm sure he's a keeper.

    And Jake, no need to say any more, all heart and one the players we can build on.

    As far as signings go, the standout for me was Marty, after a bit of a slow start finished with a bang, with him and Jake and maybe one other experienced forward , plus the rest we have I see positives ahead.

    But for me the real highlight, and so happy to see was the return of Ferris, after the years he's had he deserves it.

    The if only for me is simple , if only we could have had a year with a normal pattern of injuries rather than the Armageddon we experienced, I think we would be a fair bit higher than we finished.

    The couldabeens for me are Leary ( never played for long enough IMO and he was never a 5/8, he played one full game and won our MVP in that game), and also Vave, he could of been a real standout but the club chose not to keep him.

    The lowlights, finishing 13th, and that first 40 minutes yesterday, just a gut wrenching way to finish a year!

    And from this year I have taken that we need a 5/8 ( badly) to take the pressure off DCE and a coaching staff who read Silvertails and engage us , because after all we know heaps more than them, and whilst it's been a terrible year I don't think too much has to change for us to get back into the 8 in 2017.

    So overr to you boys and girls !!
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  2. Wombat Legacy

    Wombat Legacy Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,752 / 103
    I don't care what the issues are, I will be back 100% supporting the boys in 2017! Sea Eagles or die :clap::clap::clap:
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  3. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Hervey Bay
    +3,396 / 32
    We're going to need a couple of speedy outside backs to go with a new 5/8. Our last tackle options killed us this year.
  4. Ralphie

    Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,093 / 231
    Sack the coach!!!! Just kidding.
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  5. bringbackbeaver

    bringbackbeaver Member

    +96 / 2
    Have to agree with the above mate. Tom and Jake to have a standout year next year. Tom, once his body really fills out, should be even better. And Jake is still very young for a prop/lock. Just hope they can resist the big money offers that no doubt they will be getting very soon. Kapow was very good the last 2 months. As was Lussick. Those two should be our starting props next year IMO. The 6 is a key missing piece of the puzzle but I think Green plugs it nicely and for the right price. AFB is another one who I think will have a big offseason and come back raring to go in '17. We have gone from an ageing side to a pretty young one now so we should be better for it next year.
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  6. Nordburg

    Nordburg Well-Known Member

    +843 / 45
    Once people realise who'll take over if Barrett is sacked,I suspect they may quieten down
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  7. hozza

    hozza Well-Known Member

    +326 / 11
    Turbo brothers a highlight for sure. A surprise and another highlight was watching Darcy Lussick really step up!! I had written him off as a bad signing, really glad he proved me wrong.

    Excited to see a true 5/8th step into our team and see what difference it makes next yr.

    Hoping for a couple more signings to strengthen our squad!
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  8. anthonyb1965

    anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +504 / 15
    Very much similar to me me Mark; love watching Ferris and hopefully no more injuries; great player! Obviously to 2 Turbos but also Mr Lussick. I was worried we had rehashed another failure but what a surprise, Darcy found his mojo! Parcel and big Marty showed plenty for the future. On the sad side was killer's retirement and even sadder, snakes fall from grace; both Manly Champions.

    Pity about Blake Leary, thought he had something but I think after big willie jumped on his back, he was never quite the same player. Still think Mateo would have made DCE feel less pressure but I guess we will never will know,

    Looking forward to what 2017 may hold.

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  9. Ralphie

    Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    One thing for sure, if Scott Fulton is ever made coach I would cancel my membership. Probably the only thing that would make me do that.
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  10. maxta

    maxta Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Toowoomba, Queensland
    +2,238 / 54
    The forwards need to stand up from game 1 & set the bar that shows they will compete....unlike this season where most games that got tough...they would hold up the white flag....improved a little...not enough.
    Attitude in general needs to lift, with support players pushing up with the ball & players fighting to win the speed of the ruck.
    Need more options & better last tackle decisions including again...more enthusiastic, aggressive chases & contact.
    Defence....where to start...maybe more commitment, talk & again...control that tempo...
    I struggle to think of 1 game Manly controlled the tempo in the middle...Lussick & Jake made the odd good shot, but the opposition attack seemed to roll that ruck like a game of touch footy....
  11. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +5,704 / 264
    How did you know it was him?
  12. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

    +6,154 / 252
    Scott Fulton and Terry Hill coaching the relocated Perth Lobsters
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  13. ALinda

    ALinda Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +965 / 5
    Maybe...or quite the opposite!
  14. Batty

    Batty Active Member

    +288 / 43
    - The boys effort. With the exception of only a couple of games, the boys put in every week. Thats something to build on moving forward.
    - Tommy, Jake, Tapau, Lussick.

    Could of beens
    - Lyon at 5/8th at the start of season. Good on Baz for giving it a shot but it just didn't work out. The inclusion of Green next year will be exceptional.

    Low lights
    - Our draw. 4 5 day turnarounds. 5 games in 25 days. 3 in 10 days. Baz warned of the player welfare and he was spot on. Fox sports said it was the worst draw for a single club since 1998.... Our year was cruelled by injury. Throw in 1 Sunday arvo? game and it was against us from the start.

    Moving forward
    - A fit and healthy DCE, Matai and Turbo....(and Snake if he comes back in form)
    - Our new forward pack. Young and eager to make their mark. Lane 6'5 110kg, Meehan 6'5 115kg, AFB 6'2 115kg... throw in Treb, Marty, Lussick, Buhrer.... can't wait.
    - A proper preseason together.... Hopefully injuries sorted and the team training together ASAP....get those combinations sorted.

    Bring on 2017.
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  15. EagleFromMay1967

    EagleFromMay1967 In bed before the room got dark.

    Blue Mountains these days
    +1,200 / 38
    Fox Tv were probably complicit in creating that draw, so it's odd they should point it out.
    Its such a shame that K Foran wracked off because he was a great 5/8 for MWSE, AND LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO HIM SINCE.
  16. MadMarcus

    MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +5,605 / 45
    Yeah! It could have been Brett!
  17. Simonmyers11

    Simonmyers11 Well-Known Member

    +1,978 / 93
    I really enjoyed watching marty play second half of year. Very strong runner. Think he will be even better next year. Watching Tom come of age - even if on one leg was pretty special. Parcell promising. Jake always solid. And the big one for me Lussick. A few games at the end running for over 200m. Hopefully he continues that next year.
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  18. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,751 / 22
    I thought the team had been improving over the last few months (despite the losses) but I was disappointed over last nights effort. I realise it's was our last game with nothing to play for but it showed a lack of pride as far as I'm concerned.
    I hope the club is still chasing someone like Matt Gillett because we've lost a sh!t load of experience this year and I can't help but think we need that sort of professionalism to get this relatively young team moving in the right direction.
  19. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Gold Coast
    +3,720 / 55
    Highs. Not many but the Turbos, Darcy and Buhrer.
    Lows. So many to choose but those first 2 games were a real disappointment and the writing was on the wall early. Injuries were just hideous but our attacking structures were non existent.
    Hope. Not a lot unless we sign at least 4 rep quality players, 2 forwards a 5/8 and a center.
    The Coach. It's not looking good but he's got 6 months from now plus the first 8 rds in 2017 to get his sh*t in a sock or it's bye bye Zoolander.
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  20. Batty

    Batty Active Member

    +288 / 43
    Yeah - they also own majority share in the Broncos...

    The same Broncos who got 10 Friday night games and 6 Thursday night games...
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