The hobbled together 1991 Manly team were given no hope in that semi against Canberra. Ok, Manly ultimately lost, but we can thank some bad luck and some doubtful officiating errors. Manly lost to a team that went on to nearly win the grand final. And what about 1978 where Manly were playing mid week matches and using needled players and reserve graders. Manly won that grand final. Don't lose heart for 2011 just yet.