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60 years of manly!! name the best team

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Nutzcraw, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    1. graham eadie
    2. ken irvine
    3. bob fulton
    4. Micheal O'connor
    5. Dale Shearer or Mathew Ridge (shearer maybe more suited to wing, i think ridge was better tho)
    6. Cliff lyons
    7. Geoff Toovey
    8. Malcolm Reilly
    9. Max Krilich
    10. Mark Carroll
    11. Noel Cleal
    12. Steve Menzies
    13. Paul Vautin


    How good would it be?? Tell me yours
     
  2. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Eadie
    Irvine
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    Hill (1995 version not 2005)
    O'Connor
    lyons
    Tooves
    John Oneill
    Krilich
    Kevin Ward
    Beaver
    Randall
    Reilly
     
  3. PJ

    PJ Well-Known Member

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    I was going to go off the above team and change it from there but I can't fault yours Wheel. The only thing I was iffy about was Hill in the centres (was thinking of Innes) but the 95 version wasn't too bad!
     
  4. PJ

    PJ Well-Known Member

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    Yes one change Ian Roberts for Kevin Ward (as good as Ward was)
     
  5. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    I tossed up between Hill & Innes actually.

    I always remember Wards effort the 1987 GF - as good as Roberts was he was too injury prone for mine. Roy Bull was another option at prop he played 22 tests for Australia!
     
  6. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    I'd have Kennedy in there instead of Vautin.
     
  7. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    1. Wombat Eadie (though Ridge gets honourable mention)
    2. Ken Irvine - Best winger ever in League History
    3. Bobby Fulton - Immortal
    4. Ray Branighan - Great utility centre
    5. Mick O'Connor - Can't be left out.
    6. Cliffy Lyons - just ahead of Ian Martin
    7. Geoff Toovey - just ahead of Des who was inspirational
    13. John O'Neill - the hard man who was pillar of first two premierships
    12. Max 'Bombthrower' Krilich - ahead of Fred Jones
    11. Ian Roberts - more mobile than Kevin Ward
    10. Steve Menzies - Manly legend and greatest ever tryscoring forward.
    9. Terry Randall - Best defender and toughest forward I can remember (His son didn't study his tapes!)
    8. Mal Reilly - Genuis, tough and creative, changed the way the game was played.

    (Numbers done the old way as that is how I remember those Manly greats. Only Beaver has the wrong number to the one he played in!!)

    Bench

    14. Noel Crusher Cleal
    15. Kevin Ward
    16. Ian Martin
    17. Nik Kosef

    Hard to leave Danny Gartner and Fatty Vautin out of the squad but they just don't quite make it! BK needs to play in a Grand Final side or a contender to make the grade but he would have to be close as well. Ridge, Russell Gartner, Tom Mooney, Dale Shearer, Des Hasler, John McDonald and Craig Innes were hard to leave out as well.

    Trivia: Only one of my mentioned squad never played in a premiership winning team. Who???
     
  8. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Ray Branighan?
     
  9. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Nup!! He was 72, 73 and was injured in the semis in 76!
     
  10. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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  11. Robbo

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    Have seen every team well since 1982. Some players are based on what I have read as they played before my time. Also some players are out of position. Anyway, using today's numbers:

    1. G Eadie
    2. K Irvine
    3. B Fulton (c)
    4. M O'Connor
    5. D Shearer
    6. C Lyons
    7. D Hasler

    8. M Carrol
    9. M Krilich
    10. I Roberts
    11. N Cleal
    12. T Randall
    13. M Reilly

    14. G Toovey
    15. S Menzies
    16. R Gibbs
    17. J O'Neill
     
  12. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    My team would be as follows. This is by no means the "best" team in terms of skill or ability, but is purely my own personal team of players that I enjoyed watching for a multitude of various reasons, some of which I couldn't even explain. Let's just say they are my "favourites". Also it is only taken from 1978 onwards, when my tragic love of the Maroon and White began.

    1. Graham Eadie
    2. Dale Shearer
    3. Russel Gartner
    4. Craig Innes
    5. Michael O'Connor
    6. Cliffy Lyons
    7. Phil Blake

    8. Ian Roberts
    9. Max Krilich
    10. David Gillespie
    11. Terry Randall
    12. Steve Menzies
    13. Nik Kosef


    14. Owen Cunnigham
    15. Ronnie Gibbs
    16. Mark Carroll
    17. Noel Cleal

    (18. Chris Close - if we have to have a reserve back)
     
  13. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Certainly Phil Blake at half. By far the most talented of all our halves.

    I cannot believe that manly let him go.
     
  14. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I was glad he left. He had blinding acceleration and was a rare talent but he was not a premiership half. Hasler filled the breach and complemented Cliffy in a way that Blake never would have. Blake was sensational on the wing in one season!!
     
  15. fLIP

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    Eadie
    Hoppa
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    Hill (1995 version not 2005)
    O'Connor
    Lyons
    Monaghan
    Jason King
    Toovey
    Kevin Ward
    Beaver
    Watmough
    Kennedy
     
  16. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    I cant believe what I just read.

    Hasler was average at best. He was tough but low on talent. Blake made him look ordinary.

    Didn't Blake take Manly to successive Grand Finals '82 and '83?

    27 tries in '83
     
  17. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Byso, you are kidding if you think Hasler was just 'average'. He was a machine that never stopped tacking or attacking. He replaced Blake at half back in 1984.

    Yes Manly did make consecutive GFs but Parra completely exploited Blake's defence & fragile confidence in those games.
     
  18. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    Please, so Blake cost us those loses?

    I'm sure the blame would be on more than one player wheel.
     
  19. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Have a look where all Parras attacked was aimed at and the number of tackles he missed. He was supposed to be our trump card/match winning half back but he never fired a shot in either game ( a part from a try when he fell on a bomb in 1982).

    I think if you would ask any parra player who played that day about thier opinion of him and I think you will find the answer to your question.
     
  20. Stuey Davis Socks

    Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Flip - love your half & prop selections!! (were you checking if we really read your posts???)
     

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