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Sea Eagles v Eels Heritage Round

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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

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    1978 Premiership Jersey
    The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will be reinstating a modern replica of their 1978 jersey for their Heritage Round clash against the Parramatta Eels.

    The predominately white jersey features maroon horizontal stripes on the front and back of the jersey, and will feature the yellow emblem the club used back over 30 years ago, when the Sea Eagles defeated the Sharks in the historic drawn Grand Final.
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    1981 Premiership Jersey
    The Parramatta Eels will resurrect their historical jersey which they wore from 1979 to 1981, including when the club won its first ever premiership against the Newtown Jets.

    The predominately yellow jersey, features a solid blue bar which stretches around all the way around the jersey, and three blue lines that extend up the arms and over the shoulders of the strip.


    The Rivalry
    PARRAMATTA AND MANLY APPEARED intent on making up for lost time in the 1970s and 1980s, as if bending over backwards to fuel a rivalry between the clubs that had never previously possessed any worthwhile momentum.

    The two clubs which were admitted to the premiership in the years that followed World War II were largely indifferent to each other through the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. The movement of players between the clubs was minimal and it wasn’t until 1975 that the two first clashed in finals football.

    The first meeting was at Brookvale Oval on May 31, 1947. Both clubs were neck and neck on the competition ladder, a kind way of explaining that both had zeroes in the win column after seven weeks. Manly broke their duck at the expense of their fellow newcomers, 15–7, scoring five tries to one. Manly reached the finals for the first time in 1951 and Parramatta in 1962 but it wasn’t until 1971 that both clubs qualified for the play-offs in the same season. It was another four years until they met in a big end-of-season game. The teams went head-to-head in an elimination semi-final in 1975 after the Eels had battled their way through five games in 15 days, including two mid-week play-offs just to qualify for the top five. Parramatta had beaten Manly twice during the year (11–5 in final of the pre-season Wills Cup and 19–4 in round 5 of the premiership) and they were the clear sentimental favourites among the crowd of 26,000, and the dream run looked like continuing when they raced to a 7–0 lead. But the complexion of the game changed when Manly centre Ray Branighan ran 85 metres to score after latching onto an intercept. Fullback Graham Eadie scored minutes later and Manly were on their way to a decisive victory.

    The following year the rivalry intensified with meetings in the major semi-final and the grand final (the semi won 23–17 by Parramatta; the grand final won 13–10 by Manly) and for the best part of the next decade, as both clubs fought for premiership supremacy, their clashes resembled heavyweight title fights.

    In 1978, the clubs were embroiled in massive controversy arising from a drawn semi-final and subsequent replay. They also figured in the last game ever played at Cumberland Oval in 1981 and battled out consecutive grand finals in 1982 and 1983. The Eels collected the spoils in both those premiership deciders. In later years, as both clubs slipped from the dizzying heights of the ’70s and ’80s, many of their clashes were fuelled by nostalgia rather than fire and brimstone. However, in 2005 there was another finals clash, and it was won decisively by Parramatta.

    MANLY-WARRINGAH V PARRAMATTA

    Head-to-head (1947-2008): Played 121, Manly 75, Parramatta 42, drawn 4
    Finals Head-to-head: Played 10, Manly 5, Parramatta 4, drawn 1
    Longest winning streaks: Manly – 12 games (1956-61); Parramatta – 5 games (1964-66 and 2003-05)
    Biggest wins: Manly – 64-12 at Parramatta Stadium, March 20, 1988; Parramatta – 52-12 at Parramatta Stadium, June 13, 2004
    Biggest crowd: 57,343 at Sydney Cricket Ground, September 18, 1976 (grand final)
    Most points: Manly – Graham Eadie, 216 (8 tries, 96 goals); Parramatta – Mick Cronin, 153 (5 tries, 69 goals)
    Most tries: Manly – Cliff Lyons, 12; Parramatta – Brett Kenny, 13
    Played for both clubs: Phil Adamson, Jack Afamasaga, Brett Atkins, Aaron Cannings, Steven Crouch, Scott Donald, Shayne Dunley, Michael Eden, Andrew Frew, Ian Gately, Geoff Gerard, Paul Gibson, Daniel Heckenberg, Ray Higgs, Nathan Hollingsworth, Kylie Leuluai, David Liddiard, Jamie Lyon, Danny Mamo, Tony Melrose, John Payne, Peter Peters, Fred Pickup, Jeff Robson, Alec Tennant, Jeremy Ticehurst, David Vaealiki, Len Wadling, Ron Willey, Darrell Williams, Tony Williams, Michael Witt

    Famous Matches

    1975 Minor Semi-Final
    The 1975 finals series was set up for an intriguing ‘survival of the fittest’ when three teams — Parramatta, Wests and Balmain — tied for fifth. That meant a three-way playoff to decide who would meet Canterbury in the minor preliminary semi-final, and a draw from the hat left the Eels to play the Magpies on the Tuesday, the winner of that game to play Balmain on the Thursday, then the winner of that game to play Canterbury. Incredibly, Parramatta made it right through — four wins in seven days from round 22 to the semi — which left them facing Manly in the minor semi-final. Few gave them a chance, and Manly eventually won 22–12, but many wondered what might have been if referee Gary Cook had ruled Ray Branighan offside, as he certainly appeared to be, before Branighan intercepted a pass from Ray Higgs in the 28th minute and ran almost the length of the field to score the try that changed the momentum of the game.

    1976 Grand Final
    Few grand finals have matched the 1976 decider for knife’s-edge tension. It was 7-all at halftime and the second half developed into a desperate blinking contest. Manly cracked first when Eels second-rower Geoff Gerard scored early in the half but penalty goals to fullback Graham Eadie eased Manly to the front. The decisive moment came 12 minutes from fulltime when Parramatta centre John Moran drew two defenders and passed to unmarked winger Neville Glover, who had clear space in front of him. But Glover dropped the ball, squandering the try that could have won the grand final.

    1978 Minor Semi-Final and Minor Semi-Final Replay
    Under normal circumstances, Manly’s victory in the 1978 premiership would have been hailed as one of the most courageous stories in the game’s history. In the space of 25 days, the Sea Eagles, battling injury and fatigue, fought their way through six finals matches, including a semi-final replay and a grand-final replay, to claim the premiership. However, in many people’s eyes, the intrigue and innuendo that surrounded Manly’s performances devalued the achievement. Referee Greg Hartley was heavily criticised for his performance in the drawn Parramatta–Manly minor semi, with Eels coach Terry Fearnley claiming that the Sea Eagles’ illegal tactics had gone ‘unchecked’ and that three of his players had been forced out of the replay with injuries as a result. Three days later, Manly came back from an 11–2 deficit to win the replay 17–11, but afterwards it was demonstrated that Hartley had blundered seven times with his tackle counts, six times favouring Manly. Hartley had also sent off two players in the game — Manly’s John Gray and Parramatta’s Ray Price — but the Eels lock was subsequently cleared of a punching charge by the NSWRL judiciary.

    1981 Final Round
    The last game at Cumberland Oval in 1981 was a festive occasion. A crowd of 18,449 packed every vantage point at the old ground and former Eels stars were paraded before the game. The match itself lived up to expectations, Manly rushing to a 10–0 lead before the Eels levelled by halftime. The Sea Eagles skipped away again but showing outstanding qualities, the Eels surged back. With four minutes to play a field goal to former Wallaby Tony Melrose brought the scores level again at 20-all and that’s how it finished.

    1982 and 1983 Grand Finals
    For these two seasons, Manly and Parramatta were clearly the best teams in the competition. It is true that neither of these games were classic grand finals, but they did feature so many of the best players of the era — including Mick Cronin, Eric Grothe, Steve Ella, Brett Kenny, Peter Sterling and Ray Price for Parramatta; Graham Eadie, Alan Thompson, Les Boyd, Paul Vautin, Terry Randall and Noel Cleal for Manly. The Eels fell behind early in the 1982 decider, but their ‘comeback’ didn’t take long to materialise. After 12 minutes, five-eighth Kenny cleverly put centre Ella over for the try that tied the game up at 5-all, and the Eels went on a seven-minute scoring spree from the 30th minute that decided the premiership. At half-time, it was 16–3, at full-time 21–8. A year later, the Eels’ star backline were once again too classy. Kenny scored two tries in a grand final for an unprecedented third year in a row. His first came after seven minutes through a superb piece of handling; the second, two minutes after half-time, came from a ‘bomb’ that bounced in the Manly in-goal and gave the Eels a decisive 18–0 lead. The final score was 18–6. This was the first time since St George’s great run, 1956 to 1966, that a club had won three premierships in a row.

    2003 Round 10
    Manly coach Peter Sharp had opposed the golden point rule when it was introduced for the start of the 2003 season but he was singing a different tune after five-eighth Ben Walker kicked Manly to a 36–34 victory over the Eels in the eighth minute of overtime at Brookvale Oval. It was a history-making kick by Walker, who claimed victory in the first golden point game in NRL history. ‘I thought it added to the game enormously,’ Sharp said.

    2008 Heritage Round
    Manly coach Des Hasler described the Sea Eagles’ 20–16 defeat of Parramatta in the Heritage Round of Australian rugby league’s Centenary Year as ‘one that typified all things courageous … one of the best wins the club has had’. Manly lost Steve Menzies (hamstring), Michael Bani (neck), Mark Bryant (knee) and Luke Williamson (concussion) during the game, but on a wet night at Parramatta Stadium still managed to come back from 16–14 down to secure a crucial victory, courtesy of a late try from former Eel Heath L’Estrange. This was the first victory in a sequence of 11 wins in 12 games for the Sea Eagles, the start of a march that would continue all the way to the Grand Final and a historic 40–0 destruction of the Melbourne Storm.


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  2. Berkeley_Eagle

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    Manly 18 - Parra 16.
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  5. Daring Eagle

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    Ahhh my favorite round of the year Heritage Round
    Hope that all of you that ordered the jersey have it now (got mine yesterday ;D)
     
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    I just read that the Wests Tigers will be playing in the "Wests" jersey againt us in round 21. Hopefully we play in the '78 one there as well
     
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    It would be nice to dish out a flogging - give the boys some confidence.

    Having said that I don't care what the score is as long as we win.
     
  8. Dan

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    I'll take a win in any form to be honest
     
  9. Kiwi Eagle

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    My jersey arrived today, looks great !!
     
  10. Berkeley_Eagle

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    It would be nice to dish out a flogging - give the boys some confidence.

    Having said that I don't care what the score is as long as we win.
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    ditto
     
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    Thats quite a nasty cough you have there dan, might want to get that checked.
     
  12. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    it wasnt really news

    as flip says get a packet of soothers
     
  13. Jethro

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    Thats quite a nasty cough you have there dan, might want to get that checked.
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    Could be swine flu
     
  14. Berkeley_Eagle

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    So the Manly Toyota cup team misses out on the TV game again
     
  15. Kiwi Eagle

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    Am looking forward to the game, but is the bloody delayed game here with the Warriors and Tigers games both live today. Have to wait til 8pm
     
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    We need to win this one today. Last weeks win was a surprise bonus, but we need to win at home for the Brookie fans. Go hard Eagles.
     
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    Toyota Cup: R 10, Game 6 Current Time: 10:00

    Manly 6 (Blake Davey,Daly Cherry-Evans  tries  Mitch Porter goal)
    Eels 4 (Daniel Mortimer try)
     
  18. Berkeley_Eagle

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    Big Jared not playing for NYC team
     
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    Toyota Cup: R 10, Game 6 Current Time: Half Time

    Manly 14 (Blake Davey,Daly Cherry-Evans, Mitch Porter  tries  Mitch Porter goal)
    Eels 10 (Daniel Mortimer, Nathan Gardner  tries Daniel Mortimer Goal)
     
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