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Gifty debuted at Fullback - One for the historians?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by vidmar, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. vidmar

    vidmar Well-Known Member

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    I was chatting to a league historian on Friday who wondered if anyone could help with this one?

    Rd 20 of 2003 - Manly 26 def Broncos 20 @ Suncorp. This was Glenn's debut match. It was 3 weeks after Brett made his debut v Parra - his one and only appearance for the year after being injured in that game (trying to tackle Jamie Lyon I think!).

    The Fox Sports coverage of the Rd 20 v Broncos game lists Glenn at fullback (wearing #20) in the Manly team list at the start of the match. Warren Smith announces that Glenn Stewart is fullback.

    However, he didn't start the match, and certainly didn't play fullback. Brendon Reeves was out injured, with Mitch Creary in #5 switching to fullback.

    Whether Fox Sports stuffed it up, or if Peter Sharp issued the pre-match team list incorrectly &/or made a late change, he's not sure.

    Anyone shed any light on this?
     
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Is there a cure for cancer riding on the outcome?

    From memory he played the entire match in the forwards.  In 2003/4 he seemed a lucky charm as he was on the winning side for his first handful of appearances at a time where we could win nothing but Jye Mullane's signature. 

    I'd suggest Fox stuffed up.  The entire team flew under the radar back then and I reckon they may have guessed at the fullback when Reeves was out.

    It is of course entirely plausible that Sharp didn;t know who was fullback either!
     
  3. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Was this not the game that Luke Dorn through a miracle behind the back pass to our winger to score the winning try?  I recollect that was our last win of the year that season and we fnished 2nd last?

    Glen definetely played in the forwards that game and I say it was a Fox stuff up maybe confusing him with Brett
     
  4. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

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    5.  M. CREARY
    2. S. DONALD
    3. A. TORRENS
    18. A. WATMOUGH
    17. K. McGUINNESS
    15. S. HARRIS
    7. L. DORN
    8. J. KING
    9. C. RANDALL
    10. D. LIMA
    11. S. HAUMONO
    12. L. WILLIAMSON
    13. S. MENZIES (c)

    14. A. CANNINGS
    16. T. JENSEN
    19. C. HAYNE
    20. G. STEWART
     
  5. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Good looking side that

    I don't even recall a C Hayne playing for us

    Match best remembered for the Luke Dorn pass
     
  6. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Was it Aaron Cannings who was the recipient of that pass?
     
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Back when Cannings was the next big thing.  They got the "big" right.
     
  8. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Geez that backlien doesn't give me much confidence in their ability to tackle/defend - all turnstiles the lot of them
     
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    The Stewards should have been called in on the Broncosgiven they only managed 20 against that mob.
     
  10. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    I recall that a commentator was looking forward to seeing Glenn's pace! Then the other commentator said no that's his brother this bloke is a forward.
     
  11. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

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    Trying to find footage of that
     
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  12. eagle66

    eagle66 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Fox Team listing

    http://youtu.be/WtVx5Z_QJTM

    Glen's first scrum and tackle

    http://youtu.be/ObWQJt7-jlI

    That pass

    http://youtu.be/p4mldAD3qeU
     
  13. Ron E. Gibbs

    Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

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    Man, look how young Choc looked. And I always loved Albert Torrens - always did his best for us.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, eagle66.
     
  14. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I assumed God would have made a cure by now.
     
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  15. Napper

    Napper Well-Known Member

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    Why would God cure what he created?
     
  16. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Haha... True.
     
  17. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Torrens scored 4 tries against the dogs one day, then like Tony Jensen, went to the dragons and faded away. I liked Allbert too.
     
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  18. Pittwater Legend

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    Wow what a sensational pass by Dorn but it would have been just as effective to have passed the ball conventionally. We had them completely outnumbered.
     
  19. firechild

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    Choc was the first thing I noticed, Beaver still looks exactly the same. Was also a big fan of Torrens, a great player through a tough period for Manly.
     
  20. vidmar

    vidmar Well-Known Member

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    Jeepers....Shoe1 digging through the archives for this thread!

    I did actually speak to Gifty about this (At the Christmas party that the Eagles put on for kids at the Manly Waterworks a few years ago from memory)

    I can't remember the full story but again from memory he was called in at the last minute because someone got injured close to game time and he was a rushed inclusion and listed at full back but didn't play there.

    I do remember he had a chuckle when we discussed it and him saying he'd never been "picked" at fullback before but reckoned he'd make a better go of it than his brother....
     

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