ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ IsnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t it great to see Brookie full. The amount of maroon across the hill is sensational. The merchandise sales must be looking very healthy. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ Our kicking game was excellent on Sunday. Very few kicks went directly to an opposing player and the variety and execution was great. This is the standard required to challenge the better sides. nb: Souths put far less pressure on than other teams have so far. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ Hicks is working his way into form after the injury. The first try showcased his ability. With plenty of Souths players around he found the right angles and steps to take to create space for Matai to slice through. That is a skill that canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t be coached. His dummy half running is also starting to return to his high standards of early 2004. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ Steppa had a strong game. He once again showed quick hands and timing to put the Duck away down the left wing for a try. He does annoy me though, when he gets in the clear and doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t pass to support with good try scoring opps breaking down. It has happened a couple of times this year and last. It either means that he is too self confident that he can get to the line himself or he doesnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t have the confidence to pass the ball accurately at pace. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ Every week seems to be a test of a different sort for the team. LetÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s hope they donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t get ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“caught in the headlightsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? (or floodlights) on Friday. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ The Souths supporters around us were less feral than with past experiences. My faith was restored though, when we were in the car outside Brookie and four of the Burrow faithful were getting in their car. A couple of 18 year old Eagle supporters were walking by and giving them lip about how embarrassing it would be to wear their jerseys. This set one of them right off. She screeched and squawked back them and was still going off after getting in her car. Years of bitter hatred were showing in her screwed up face. Beautiful to watch! ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ WasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t it refreshing to not have to listen to any of the Fox commentators (DaleyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s not the only annoyance). Channel nine seemed to be going out of their way to make it a Manly lovefest! We may as well take it while we can. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ 2GB took a call after the game. The bloke was a Manly supporter living in Newcastle. He was gloating about putting $20 on Newcastle for the spoon at 44 to 1 at the start of the season. He then claimed to be Daniel AbrahamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s brother in law. Hadley told him that heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ll have trouble getting out of his house after giving out that info. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ 11 out of the squad of 17 have crossed for tries in the last two games. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ I love WilliamsonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s toughness. Geddes ran at him in the second half with a full head of steam. He took the hit front on without conceding ground and then wrestled him straight to the deck. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ Des deserves a wrap for what has been achieved so far. I had serious doubts about his coaching ability after the defence remained crap all through last season. The game plan that we are employing is straight forward but it suits our team. My only concern is that it depends heavily on good ball control. A plan B is needed for when handling is poor (ie: v. Dragons). ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¢ It feels good looking down from the top. We just need to keep things in perspective. A top eight finish would have done me at the start of the season and anything else is a bonus. We definitely still have improvement in us so some of the other teams are going to have to improve a whole lot more.