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Crystal ball

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Matabele, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Time to put our reputations on the line with some predictions of what is going to happen this year.

    My tip for Premiership:  It's a ludicrous one and I hesitate to say they'll go all the way.  But Souths may be in the comp up to their necks.  They could re-define the way the game is played with their monster pack and lightning backs.  The only thing that might negate this is if it is true the interchange is being chopped back to 7.  That might leave some tired gorillas out there for them.

    Origin:  Injuries, lack of desire and 2 games in Sydney will see NSW finally snap their losing streak.

    Manly's fortunes:  I think we'll putter along.  Might open up something like 3-5 while the halves settle in and we'll be in the dogfight for 8th spot as the season enters the stretch.  We'll finish 7th or 8th and get bundled out in the first week.

    Wooden spoon:  Knights.  hehehe

    First scandal:  Will probably come out of Cronulla.
     
  2. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Winner - Manly - or Dogs. I think their coach showed plenty in his first year. I think Souths will improve but they don't have the finals experience at this stage.

    Origin - NSW, though I don't really care,
    Manly - If mainly fit I think we'll be going for top-4, and if we make that we will give it a shake. We will be particularly vulnerable if there are injuries to our halves.
    Spoon - Warriors or Knights
    Scandal - Knights or Cowboys
     
  3. Mcatmos

    Mcatmos Member

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    Ludicrous indeed!

    Premiership : Tigers ( vs Manly) Tigers have finally bought well in an off season..        Sheens last chance

    Origin : NSW (please)

    Spoon : Cronulla or Canberra

    Scandal : Newcastle... just wait for those listening devices to be made public !

    Greatest choke : Dragons... again
     
  4. eagle-rock08

    eagle-rock08 Active Member

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    We'll there or there abouts.  All we needed last year were three of those close losses such as the Warriors, West Tigers or Gold Coast to go our way and we were a top 4 team last year.

    SOO - who cares its a nuffy game with little or no pull except for TV ratings.

    Wooden spoon - who cares it wont be us.

    Controversy - who cares as long as its not us

    Do we have the hunger to do a 2008 on the comp this year?  Maybe.  At least I hope so.  We seem to have the squad that can give it a shake as long as the passion is there.
     
  5. Chip and Chase

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

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    Whilst I don't doubt that Souths will improve this year and make the 8, it's hard to like them for the Premiership when their fate rests in Sandow's hands.

    Premiership: Manly to beat Parra or Bulldogs

    Premiership Smokey : Panthers, although they will need to stiffen their defence.

    2010 Epic Fail : Broncos without KHunt, Hodges, Taylor, Clinton etc won't make the 8

    Wooden Spoon: Cronulla.....fingers crossed

    Origin: Qld without KHunt, Hodges & Johnson, and Price & 70c / litre a year older and slower will finally struggle. Assuming Bird will play 5/8 for the Blues we should get there 2-1

    Scandal : Roosters - Todd Carney won't be able to help himself in the Eastern Suburbs. Also I bet there are a few nervous players who are on speed dial on Danny Wicks' phone ;)

     
     
  6. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

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    mata, So you think souths 10 year plan is coming together?

    Win comp, manly
    spoon, Newcastle
    next scandal, roosters
     
  7. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Premiership, wide open comp, my money will be sitting on Souths, Tigers and Manly of course. Last years 2 Grand Finalists will be tough

    Origin, NSW hopefully, I only have 1 ally over here, luckily she is into boxing so she can clean up the loud mouths haha

    Spoon, Warriors. Average pack, poor halves and a terrible game plan revolving around a kick to Vatuvei. Will be very surprised if they improve on last season's efforts

    Manly, realistically I think we have the squad to be in contention, but the halves are the unknown quantity. 5th-8th is where I see us at the end of 26 rounds

    Scandal, depends which club the telegraphs agenda dart hits, will probably be a major issue such as a player farting in public or something
     
  8. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    1/ Hoppa to make his debut on the wing
    2/ Manly finish 6 to 8
    3/ Seu Seu to be the dark horse player
    4/ Foran to sign with the chooks, Trent H to Parra, Manly to sign JT
    5/ Kite & Matai to sign for Super League for 2011 (Kite to Bradford to replace Bever)
    6/ Choc, Gift to re sign long term
    7/ Brett's charges to be dismissed at commital
     
  9. deadlyeagle

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    4/ I would hate to see that happen, i would not be willing to loose to great youngsters for one good player. Imagine buyer back those same players in 5 years for double the price.

    5/We have Kite contracted untill the end of 2011 but Matai untill the end of this year so its most likely going to be Matai.
     
  10. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Matai won't be going anywhere, we don't have the centre depth to offload him unless we buy from elsewhere
     
  11. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Best prediction I've seen so far. Hopefully not based solely on wishin' and hopin'.
     
  12. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Premiership: Bulldogs.
    Not far away Storm, Manly, Rabbits.

    Origin: NSW, and only because the rift in the Qld camp may be too hard to get over.

    Manly's fortunes: 3rd to 5th on ladder. Out week 3 Preliminary Finals.

    Spoon: Chooks again. Carney sacked around week 12 and they go in a tailspin. Bookies close betting on all future games.

    Major scandal: Cowboys
     
  13. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Best prediction I've seen so far. Hopefully not based solely on wishin' and hopin'.
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    Lets just say an educate guess, the legal system is a hard thing to predict
     
  14. Mcatmos

    Mcatmos Member

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    I think if the complainant goes on with the matter it'll go to a full trial...
     
  15. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Manly 9th. That's all that matters - and it sucks...
     
  16. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    My confidence levels have risen, Ryan is normally wrong on these matters so top 8 here we come !! :p
     
  17. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Ryan the eternal optimist.
     
  18. OneEyedEagle

    OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I placed $200 at 11 to 1 for Manly to win the premiership this year.

    Fingers crossed its going to be a great investment.
     
  19. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Good point OEE. I have to go with the head when Mata puts up these pre-season guesses, but I always have something on the Eagles and will continue to bet right through the season. Go Manly!
     
  20. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

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    Premiership = Bulldogs/Dragons

    Smokeys = Manly/Bunnies

    Origin = QLD - We are miles apart and Bowralville is in NSW INGLIS.

    Manly's fortunes = 6th to 8th - Foran to sign with the Roosters

    Spoon = Raiders/Sharks

    Major scandal = Gallop gets appointed for another 3 years
     

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