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100 games for a favourite son

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DVS Matt, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +29 /0
    100 games for a favourite son

    4 July 2008

    BRETT Stewart was just a skinny, fresh-faced kid with potential when he arrived at Manly with his older brother Glenn five years ago.

    His relaxed nature and infectious personality ensured he was quickly popular with his teammates at Brookvale Oval.

    Stewart was also blessed with blinding speed and a nose for a try, which also made him a favourite of the fans.

    But as the Sea Eagles fullback is about to play his 100th first-grade game for the club against the Gold Coast tonight, his dad Barry believes his son's greatest trait is his determination to get to the top.

    "I used to ask him when he was young what he was going to do for a job when he grew up and he always said, 'I am going to play footy'," Barry Stewart told The Manly Daily.

    "Brett had a lot of self-belief from a young age but he's worked pretty hard as well. It was always his dream and he's gone out and achieved it. And to do it all with his diabetes, I think he's done extra well.

    "It's been an unbelievable run for him ... a pretty good journey."

    But it began in the worst possible way against the Eels at Parramatta Stadium in 2003. After spending half the warm-up vomiting and trying to settle his uncontrolled nerves, Stewart tried to stop a runaway Jamie Lyon, smashing his shoulder and his debut dreams.

    "It was a pretty up-and-down day," Stewart recalled yesterday after touching down with the Sea Eagles squad on the Gold Coast.

    "I was so proud to play first grade, it was always my dream and then to hurt my shoulder was tough. I didn't know how I would come back from that."

    The 23-year-old's answer was emphatic.

    He got his shoulder right and returned to first grade, scoring tries at a rapid rate before representative honours followed.

    "I owe a lot to the club," Stewart said.

    "They didn't know much about (Glenn and I) but brought us on to play first grade.

    "They showed us a lot of loyalty and I'd like to do the same to them."

    Stewart had little impact in NSW's 16-10 State of Origin defeat to Queensland, with coach Craig Bellamy opting to give Stewart a run only in the final 25 minutes.

    "It was a bit hard to swallow," he said.

    Manly will start heavy favourites tonight with Titans playmaker Scott Prince out for at least 12 weeks with a broken arm.
  2. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,751 /120

    Already is and always will be a Manly club legend!
  3. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,307 /13
    Jamie Lyon will also play his 110th NRL game tonight according to the telecrap.
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +5,634 /205
    we may not have the most juniors in the comp but i would say our juniors are up there as the most loyal
  5. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

    +0 /0
    I'm glad Brett and Glenn are both at Manly they are both top players in their own positions. Brett is a true speed machine the way he cuts through an oppositions defence and at speed it's just awesome to watch.
  6. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +5,634 /205
    Celebrates with a double

    although both were laid on by some great lead up play
  7. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    80 in 100 games... still on 23, WATCH OUT IRVINE!!!

    4:5 ratio is insane in modern day football
  8. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    you would think he still has at least 10 years footy left in him
  9. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    you would think he still has at least 10 years footy left in him
    i do think and HOPE! this is his 4th full season?? 20 tries a year for the next 10... it would be nice!
  10. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Ken Irvine will find it hard to watch out for Snake. Even the worms in the ground around him are faster now!!!!!
  11. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,894 /65
    If he plays 10 more years, averaging 14 tries a year, he gets the record

    But it will be very hard to stay injury free and continue to hit that average
  12. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    The record is likely to fall if Snake can continue like that. I have seen Brett happy after a game, but this time he looked like he had visited the dentist for laughing gas. What about Matthew Johns calling him Brad Stewart? wt?

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