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Panthers game to provide a myriad of highlights

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By Brissie Kid on Aug 29, 2014 at 11:38 PM
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    This Sunday afternoon may as well be dubbed "Milestone Sunday" at Brookvale Oval.

    The Fortress will host another 80 minute epic, where success has almost become a given.

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Discussion in 'News' started by Brissie Kid, Aug 29, 2014.

    1. Jethro

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      Panthers game to provide a myriad of highlights

      This Sunday afternoon may as well be dubbed "Milestone Sunday" at Brookvale Oval.

      The Fortress will host another 80 minute epic, where success has almost become a given.

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    2. Jethro

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      This Sunday afternoon may as well be dubbed "Milestone Sunday" at Brookvale Oval.

      The Fortress will host another 80 minute epic, where success has almost become a given.

      Ivan Cleary, [​IMG]a former Sea Eagle who now coaches Penrith, will bring his team to the peninsula for what promises to be an enticing round 25 clash.

      Both sides are entrenched in the top four a couple of rounds out from the semi-finals.

      The boys from the foot of the Blue Mountains face a monumental task to snare two points on the road.

      Brookie, putting it simply, will be heaving.

      Belrose Eagles junior Jason King will play his final game at home after 14 years of loyal service and bruising centre Steve Matai chalks up his 200th game in maroon and white.

      Fullback Brett Stewart this week said the playing group would love to see a full house come 3pm.

      "We are back at the Fortress this weekend and we have a lot to play for,'' he said.

      "We will be looking to start our momentum on Sunday.

      "It would be a positive to send ‘Kingy' out a winner given what he has done for this club."

      Stewart himself is on the cusp of history, set to surpass the try-scoring record of Steve "Beaver" Menzies at Brookie.

      Captain Jamie Lyon is also on the verge of rewriting the history books.

      He is just five points away from overtaking Bob Batty as Manly's second highest pointscorer behind Graham Eadie.

      If that wasn't enough, Geoff Toovey's men can virtually seal the minor premiership for the first time since 1997 if they collect two points on home soil.

      A club spokesman revealed ticket sales are steady ahead of the 3pm kick-off.

      "We have no reserved seating left, but spots are still available via general admission,'' he said.

      "Given it is the last time to see the boys in our backyard this year, we are hoping for a bumper crowd."

      It is safe to assume that will be the case.

      5000 posters of both Stewart and King will made available to fans when they make their way through the turnstiles, along with video highlight packages of the duo's glittering careers.

      In recent years, Manly's success has been the envy of the NRL.

      Club identity Peter "Zorba" Peters believes having a strong man, bordering on being a virtual dictator in charge, has been Manly's secret to continued success.

      The strong man has alternated between the secretary/chief executive officer or the coach.

      In Manly's first days of success in the early and mid 1970s, secretary Ken Arthurson was the chief eagle and coaches Ron Willey and Frank Stanton accepted that.

      The next powerful figure to step into a major role at Manly was legendary player Bob Fulton.

      Once Arthurson went to the ARL as chairman, Fulton ran the show at Manly until he gave the coaching job away.

      He got the players he wanted and the head office simply supported him.

      It is no coincidence that the next powerful coach to lead Manly to a premiership was a Fulton clone in Des Hasler.

      He coaches straight out of the Fulton manual and I have no doubt that the incredible culture at Manly was set in stone and evolved firstly by Arthurson and continued by Fulton and then Hasler.

      Their mantra was to be fiercely loyal to their players and a desire to turn the hate against Manly by other clubs into a positive.

      Players new to the culture are welcomed by the senior players who set the standard required on and off the field.

      They virtually join a close knit family.

      That bond has been strongest in the last 10 years under Hasler and now passed on to Geoff Toovey and his side.

      Toovey, who may as well define the word competitive, is well equipped to keep the success going.

      He was coached by Fulton for most of his career.

      It his time to carry on the tradition and to stamp himself as the boss in the Sea Eagles organisation.

      Only former players have taken Manly to premierships — two to Ron Willey, two to Des Hasler and Frank Stanton.

      Hasler continued the tradition with success in 2008 against Melbourne and 2011 versus the Warriors.

      Toovey gets his chance to reverse the defeat in last year's grand final at the hands of the Roosters and hopefully join Fulton as a great who has captained and coached Manly to a title.

      Time will tell what happens this year — but one thing is for certain — the players will continue to be the pride of the Northern Beaches.
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      Andrew Prentice
      Manly Daily

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