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Manly: delighting homeground crowds since 2010

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by weev, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. weev

    weev Well-Known Member

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    But unfortunately those homeground crowds are not at Brookvale.

    But think of the utter pleasure Manly has provided, in telling versions of the Great Sports Story - that of coming from behind.

    We know this script. We have all been there. You, the fan, watching your team get 8, 10, 16, 20 points behind in the second half, the clock ticking down. You brace yourself for the loss, wonder how, wonder why. You start 'sacking' players, coaches, officials. Swear that something needs to be done, that this is a shamble of justice.

    Then a consolatory try. No biggee. Just a little face-saving in a game that is all but concluded. You go for a pee, a beer, grab a bite. There is a roar you hear from the masses, sight unseen. What is it? A fight? A sin bin? A streaker to break the pain? What? No, your team has run the length of the field.

    Miracle Try.

    Now you have a sniff. It's game on. You see it in your team's eyes. You rush back and get comfy. This is sport. This is what you want.

    Oh my god. What an awesome pass. The opposition are dopes on the ropes. Adrenaline pumping hard. On and off field. Your team rises like giants.

    He's in the corner. Now in front. Your star player has earned his year's salary in one blinding, brilliant, deft move.

    The siren sounds. Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat!

    Thank you Manly for making some beautiful sports narratives. Albeit for others.

    And I look forward to those match-ups later in the season at Brookie.  As they say, revenge is a dish best served very, very, very cold.
     
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I loved it when we did it to Penrif twice in a row.
     
  3. Cletus

    Cletus Active Member

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    Those are my two favourite H&A games. Such an awesome atmosphere at Brookie after those. As opposed to today which sucked balls. I thought that game was in the bag after half time.
     
  4. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    The comeback is indeed a sporting highlight. Some other team, last week I think, came back from 24-nil to level at 24-all, forget who it was. There have been many comebacks in the first 2 rounds. It might be a sign of the game this year that things are so finely balanced that a change of momentum can turn everything on its head.

    The solution for Manly is pretty obvious. Next time we have to lead at least 30-nil. Either that, or conserve our energy for the first 60 and then be the team that makes the storming comeback at the end . . .
     
  5. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    King and Perry consistently take the lazy option late in the game when laying all over the tackle. There goes the whistle and we are on the back foot. King was fired up giving directions before the game and at half time. Kingie, do what you say and back it up with what you do....
     
  6. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    This co-captain thing has gone to his head.
     
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I think our intention has been to blow them out of the water with ferocious intensity.  But it's not an intensity that can be sustained for 80, and we don't have enough points in us to be far enough in front after 60.
     

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