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Soaring Sea Eagles about to fall from the sky

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by lismore_fan, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. lismore_fan

    lismore_fan Well-Known Member

    +201 / 1

    By BobbyBouche, 17 Jan 2015 BobbyBouche is a Roar Rookie New author!

    Since reentering the competition following the Northern Eagles debacle, the Manly Sea Eagles have entertained the crowds, won several premierships and been consistent final contenders.

    They are the team that everyone loves to hate but defy the haters with success. That will all change in 2015.

    Much was made of the ‘culture’ of Manly in 2014, as the cracks started to show and soon the boardroom war spilled onto the streets. Eventually the Penn family made their move and now all is good at Brookvale.

    Manly have a new CEO, a united board and are ready to win a grand final in 2015.

    Don’t believe it.

    Manly are masters of spin, with none better than their coach Geoff Toovey. Toovey is a much-maligned character – you either love him or hate him (much like Manly). Before the Penn takeover, talk was Toovey could possibly be on his way out, but that never eventuated.

    All in all probably a good thing, but I digress as that’s all history and hearsay.

    The fact is this: Manly are an ageing team and missed a golden opportunity to do a Parramatta-style clean-out and launch the careers of some potential superstars. This would have also saved them a lot of cash, which would open the doors for recruitment of more fresh faces.

    No doubt in my mind they should have let Brett Stewart go to Parramatta or Canberra as they would then have had the opportunity to bring through Clinton Gutherson, who is a very good prospect.

    Instead an ageing and injury prone ‘Snake’ will stop the progression of this young man and drag out every last cent he can from Manly for the next few years. The same can be said of Steve Matai to a degree, and the drama of ‘will they or won’t they stay’ starring Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran doesn’t help.

    On the positive side they got rid of an under-performing Glenn Stewart to Souths and said goodbye to Anthony Watmough, who was a very unhappy camper. But to replace them Manly recruit an ancient Willie Mason well past his best, and a man who is yet to reach his potential (if ever) in Feleti Mateo.

    While the club is strong in the halves, the rest of the key members of the backline are ready to fall apart due to age and injuries. The forward pack looks good on paper but are old in key positions, with Mason and 31-year-old Matt Ballin leading the way on that front.

    I am certainly not convinced Manly have the key reserves in place, ready to play first grade when injury does strike. Loyalty is a fantastic and rare commodity in the NRL, but Manly have been too loyal to some players.

    The Sea Eagles are due to become the West Indies cricket team of the NRL, hanging on to ageing, out-of-form, injury-prone players until they can play no more and then expecting untested youngsters to suddenly play at NRL level.

    Breaks my heart as a Manly fan to watch this, but our fall will be swift and violent and will take years to recover from.

    The start of this fall is 2015.
  2. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Hervey Bay
    +3,410 / 32
    This blokes a Manly fan?
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  3. wedgetail eagle

    wedgetail eagle Well-Known Member

    +1,685 / 10
    Mama said, talkin like that is the Devil, Bobby Bouche'!
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +3,470 / 128
    Water sucks

    we have 13 players who are 25 or younger

    The hypocrisy in his line - manly should be like parra and get rid of our older players.... we got rid of an old player in choc to parra.

    Manly will finish higher on the table than parra.
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  5. IQofalimabean

    IQofalimabean Well-Known Member

    +272 / 11
    Parramatta are perennial losers they are great at winning wooden spoons. The day manly takes advice from a muppet like this is the day we win a spoon.
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  6. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

    +6,157 / 252
    Haha taking a shot at a guy like Ballin because he's 31, never mind the fact that he's in incredible shape and has showed no sign whatsoever of slowing down...
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  7. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +3,720 / 182
    Who is this COK HOLDER Bobby Bouche .
    He needs to cum clean on who he is and not hide and play with himself in his hidden corner lol
  8. Moondog

    Moondog Grey-beard loon Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Hervey Bay
    +3,410 / 32
    Bobby Douche?
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  9. MPC75

    MPC75 Well-Known Member

    +180 / 9
    That was a funny read. He said that we have some great young players coming through like Gutherson but further in the piece he says that we have no depth to cover injuries to players like Stewart. Make your mind up Bobby which one is it, depth or no depth.
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  10. Bird of Prey

    Bird of Prey Active Member

    +141 / 13
    Keep riding the club we have been down before and if all falls apart(which it will not) we will fight our way back to the top again . We have been spoilt supporting a great club that gets results.
  11. sheridanstand78

    sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

    +3,302 / 51
    You sure this is not Rothtool in disguise? Its always amusing to read fantasy first thing on a Sunday morning! For all the doom and gloom that this fella spouts there is some truth. A club has to re-generate for sustainable success and sometimes that means hard decisions have to be made.
    At the moment the club is a prisoner in relation to future recruitment waiting on 2 guys to make a decision about their futures. This has to be sorted soon for the good of the club one way or another!
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  12. Berkeley_Eagle

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

    +2,097 / 13
    Ageing team??????????????
    Brett Stewart 29
    Jorge Taufua 23
    Jamie Lyon 32
    Steve Matai 30
    Peta Hiku 22
    Kieran Foran 24
    DCE 24
    Jamie Buhrer 24
    Jesse Sene Lefao 24
    Dunamis Lui 24
    Feleti Mateo 30
    Willie Mason 34
    Josh Starling 24
    Brenton Lawrence 30
    Tyson Andrews 24
    Jake Trbojevic 20
    Matt Ballin 30
    Jayden Hodges 21
    Cheyse Blair 22
    Michael Chee-kam 22
    Clinton Gutherson 20
    James Hasson 22
    Blake Leary
    Jack Littlejohn 23
    Justin Horo 29
    Delroy Berryman 21
    Uiti Baker 20
    Ligi Sao 22
    Siosaia Vave 25
    Tom Trbojevic 18
    Tony Satini 21
    Brayden Williame 22
    Wolfman 29
    Blake Leary 24
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  13. Ramrod

    Ramrod Well-Known Member

    +432 / 2
    Another keyboard hero trying to destabilize our club.

    Is this De$' pseudonym and his little dabble as an amateur Journo?

    Will he eat his words and apologize to Tooves when we end up in the top 4 again?


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  14. madmax

    madmax Active Member

    +467 / 52
    Hey Berkley..............that's the list of players I put on the Roar under the name NSWelshman lolol. I was going to add the following:-
    Total 35 players

    Average age > 24.42

    Players under 24 yrs > 24

    Players 24 – 29 > 5

    Players 30 plus > 6

    70% of the team is 24 years of age or under!!!!!
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    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

    +936 / 77
    Someone tell this goose we're manly,& don't know how to fail.
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  16. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,338 / 31
    I just had to laugh.

    Mabye he is a manly fan and he is doing that thing were everyone says manly will fail which actually drives manly to victory.
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  17. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +5,435 / 49
    Read the article yesterday. By paragraph 3 it was obvious it was written by a moron.
    And if he's a Manly supporter I'm a rainbow-maned unicorn.
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  18. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +7,597 / 55
    - Reading it started to make me dumber. So I stopped.

    Someone say unicorn???? Only the best ad ever!!!!

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    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
  19. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

    +976 / 0
    It wouldn't surprise me if the bloke who wrote this is on this site. Surely if he is a Manly fan he is here? There is some logic to his theories but they are by no means a certainty as he seems to think.
  20. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +4,348 / 36
    Then there's Jamie Lyon at 32. I'm sure there are many young centres in the NRL that would love to be able to play with the same energy and brains that Jamie still does, every game. Sadly, not many of them ever will.

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