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Report from Brookvale.

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Rusty, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

    +44 / 0
    While the majority of Manly fans sat glued to the edge of a Suncorp stadium seat, or to the TV watching the live coverage I had the great pleasure of calling the finals in the local comp from Brookvale Oval yesterday.

    The important result, in what was billed by many a Norths region vs Manly region final Narraweena walked away convincing victors with a 33 - 8 scoreline. Personally I felt for the Asquith boys, who were undoubtedly favorites coming into the class having won the previous encounter between the two sides only weeks out from the finals. On the day they had the good fortune of playing in three grand finals across the grades, and the poor fortune of winning none of them.

    This was a game of Ying and Yang, two very different football teams, and two very different halves of football. The team that won, was not necessarily the one that played a whole lot better, but simply put Narraweena were able to play to their plan and Asquith were not. We knew coming into the match that Asquith were going to be St George like in their defense, with S.Folkes in the background (A young scion of the family playing in the Asquith 9), their coaching was to play up the middle and allow good forward defense to lay a platform of territory and pressure. Narraweena however were to play a different style altogether, their defense while spirited was nowhere near as powerful, and they relied on their wide players to break the line and make easy meters down the flanks.

    Asquith started the better team, and played their own style of defensive football, with a solid pack of forwards who rushed up in defense and kept the lighter more mobile Narraweena team under all sorts of pressure. In the first half Narraweena looked dangerous when they held possession, but Asquith were solid and ensured this was rare, allowing Narraweena just 4 points a couple of minutes out from the break.

    After the break and a Cliffy Lyons half time talk that told Narraweena they needed to lift the tempo and really set the pace of the game everything was different.

    Narraweena broke the line on many occasions, the heavy pitch wore on the defense and the blues ran away a point a minute until the full time siren.

    My conclusions :

    1. Cliffy is a hell of a coach, back to back in what is a very tough comp is an achievement to be proud of. In the future I would love to see the club make use of his skill, after today I am entirely convinced.

    2. If we are looking for wingers, halves or centers then Narraweena is a great team to be raiding for next years Toyota and NSW cups.

    3. For forwards Asquith were by far the better team, injuries and fitness took their toll on the day but in terms of skill and commitment they were the better pack by a long way. Their big loss was an inability to really attack Narraweena as I would have liked to see them land a few more blows themselves.

    4. Sunday park football is fantastic. 8500+ at Brookie on a Sunday arvo to watch the local boys run around was huge and the atmosphere while relaxed was great, what better way to spend Fathers day then on the hill.
  2. Bradza

    Bradza Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +479 / 6
    Thanks Rusty, great write up.

    I could never really believe that Cliffy would be capable of translating his skills and experience to coaching due to his reserved personality. He seems to be proving me wrong and would be worth another shot with one of the junior teams.

    The way our ex players remain involved with the club is a major reason for our history of success in my opinion.
  3. Copa Eagle

    Copa Eagle Member

    +16 / 0
    Rusty i was down there on the hill with the weena boys, my cousin played in that grand final for weena at hooker (9) Andrew Maxwell, its was a really exciting game, and i was suprised to hear the roar when weena crossed the line, it felt like a manly home game on the hill !!
  4. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

    +44 / 0
    Would have loved to be on the hill Copa, the sound from up in the media box was certainly very loud, like a small manly match. Very cool. The number 6, 7 and 9 were very good for Narraweena, kept their boys in the game until the big Asquith pack tired and then pounced.
  5. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +852 / 5
    It was a great 2nd half for the Weena boys. Nice fathers day on family hill with friends. I hear it is Cliffy's last year as he is going to coach Toyota cup next year?
  6. Daddycool

    Daddycool Well-Known Member

    +283 / 2
    Really good post.... That brought back memories of the couple of years I played with Narrabeen. Good to hear the local Manly comp is still going strong.

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