Ballin is ready to weather the storm 16 Jan 09 http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/ballin-is-ready-to-weather-the-storm/ MATT Ballin couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t ask for a tougher start to the year. When the classy Sea Eagles rake runs out onto Elland Road to take on the Leeds Rhinos in the World Club Challenge, former NSW and Australian hooker Danny Buderus will be waiting for him. Ã¢Â€ÂœSomeone only told me that a few days ago actually, I hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t really thought about it,Ã¢Â€Â Ballin said. Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s going to be a good challenge, he (Buderus) was the benchmark hooker in the NRL for the past 10 years or so. Ã¢Â€ÂœI am sure he will let me know he is around, but that doesnÃ¢Â€Â™t bother me, it will add to the occasion.Ã¢Â€Â Des HaslerÃ¢Â€Â™s men are seeking to become the first Australian team to win the one-off clash on English soil since the Sydney Roosters demolished St Helens 38-0 at the Reebok Stadium in 2003. The 26-year-old said the colder climate in the old dart will be a culture shock. Ã¢Â€ÂœI was speaking to Beaver (Steve Menzies) recently and he told me it was snowing when he was training just after Christmas,Ã¢Â€Â Ballin said. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt will be my first time over there, the conditions will be different to what I am used to but all the boys will be in the same boat. Ã¢Â€ÂœAfter growing up in Queensland it will be some weather adjustment.Ã¢Â€Â In more good news for Manly fans, Ballin revealed he has verbally agreed to terms with the NRL premiers for at least two more years. Ã¢Â€ÂœI leave all that stuff with my manager (George Mimis) to sort out,Ã¢Â€Â he said. Ã¢Â€ÂœI am very happy at the club, they gave me a chance at first grade level and I want to repay that faith.Ã¢Â€Â Ballin will also maintain his part-time work as a personal trainer. Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s something I enjoy doing, it gives me an outlet away from footy,Ã¢Â€Â he said. Ã¢Â€ÂœI fit it in around training. The club has always been fine about it.Ã¢Â€Â ------------------------------------------------------------------- Hungry Ã¢Â€Â˜WolfmanÃ¢Â€Â™ back - with beard 16 Jan 09 by PETER PETERS http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/hungry-wolfman-back-with-beard/ Ã¢Â€ÂœWOLFMANÃ¢Â€Â David Williams has slammed the door shut on his dream debut season and starts his new campaign with the Sea Eagles on Monday. Williams and the rest of ManlyÃ¢Â€Â™s World Cup representatives return to official training and a torrid four-week program before leaving with teammates for the World Club Challenge against the Leeds Rhinos at Elland Road on Sunday, March 1. One thing Williams will take into the 2009 season is his now trademark beard. It was shaved off by teammates during the early days of celebration after the grand final triumph over the Storm, but he hasnÃ¢Â€Â™t seen a razor for more than a month and tips the beard will be in need of a trim by the March 14 start of the premiership against the Bulldogs. Williams did a cover-shoot for Alpha magazine at Brookvale Oval on Wednesday but said he is now going to concentrate on football. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt has been an amazing 12 months but except for the memories it is all over now - I want to improve my game and keep working at playing my role in the team,Ã¢Â€Â Williams said. He managed to win a premiership and debut for Australia in his first season in the NRL in one of the most stunning introductions to the big time in modern-day rugby league. MONDAYÃ¢Â€Â™S benefit night for breast cancer and Shelly Cleal is a sellout at the Hoyts Theatre number two at Warringah Mall. There has been a surge of support for Shelly from the community and it will be a fun evening for hundreds of young fans who will watch a replay of the 2008 grand final. The wife of the Manly great and current club recruitment officer said she has been blown away by the support. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt has been amazing and gives me great strength,Ã¢Â€Â Shelly said. Fox SportsÃ¢Â€Â™ Andy Raymond will be host for the evening. One of the youngsters sitting next to the players will be 10-year-old barefoot water-ski sensation Riley McKay from the Central Coast. Riley has been supported by the Sea Eagles players who raised $5000 for her to compete at next monthÃ¢Â€Â™s world titles in Auckland. Riley,who will compete against 17-year-olds from all over the world in Auckland, collects her first Australian tracksuit just a few hours before MondayÃ¢Â€Â™s event. On Monday she will sit next to one of her favourite players, hooker Matty Ballin. Matty, along with skipper Matt Orford, is a keen water skier and they are amazed at RileyÃ¢Â€Â™s ability. STEVE Menzies is gone but will not be forgotten by his teammates. ManlyÃ¢Â€Â™s entire touring squad will rush from a civic reception in Leeds two days before the World Club Challenge to cheer on the Beaver for the Bradford Bulls against the Huddersfield Giants in the English Super League. Huddersfield are coached by former Dragons coach Nathan Brown. Menzies has made an official request to be a Ã¢Â€Âœwater boyÃ¢Â€Â for the Sea Eagles against the Rhinos in the World Club Challenge game. THE Manly Sea Eagles will join with the Manly Wharf Hotel to hold its official season-launch along with new major sponsor Quantum Eco Hot Water on Friday, March 6. The Sea Eagles are quietly confident of displaying the World Club Challenge trophy alongside the Telstra Cup at the launch. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Tearaway Eagle http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/blindside13/ THE Sea EaglesÃ¢Â€Â™ annual players v staff cricket match is on next Friday with official umpires Peter Ã¢Â€ÂœZorbaÃ¢Â€Â Peters and new life member Warwick Bulmer under the hammer with some heavy bribes. The players are boasting of a mystery tearaway bowler from the new buys while stonewall opener Alex Ross (head trainer) will head up the staff batting lineup. Ross is still upset at being given out when caught while hitting a six last January. Coach Des Hasler faces the fifth year in succession at being given out for boring batting. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Singe-ing praises http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/blindside13/ MANLYÃ¢Â€Â™S dynamic premiership victory has resulted in massive interest in the clubÃ¢Â€Â™s training methods from across the Tasman. Head conditioner Donny Singe has been in constant demand from New Zealand league and rugby clubs about the now renowned Sea Eagles bone and muscle methods. However, Singe has learned well under Des Hasler and is giving nothing away. Ã¢Â€ÂœI tell them all there is no secret formula other than lots of sweat and hard work ... unfortunately thatÃ¢Â€Â™s not what they want to hear,Ã¢Â€Â the former New Zealand navy seal said.