1977 MW NS- Johnny Gibbs the maestro!

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      Johnny Gibbs was one of my all-time favourites. Could have been who-knows-what?
      I can't think of a more elusive dynamic runner from half-back.
      Mortimer? Nup, Gibbsy had him covered.
      He could tackle too, generally utilised in a cover-defending role.
      From memory, the hamstring injury that curtailed and eventually cruelled his career occurred while making a (successful) try-saving tackle on a Parramatta winger (Glover? Grothe?) during a semi-final...
      Back in the day, when I couldn't attend many matches and when most were not televised ... fertile ground for the imagination!
       
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        Big fan of the mercurial Johnny Gibbs and as you say it was a tragedy that his career ended before he could peak to even greater heights .
        Explosive , Dynamic , Unpredictably Evasive and he inflicted the final insult to the opposition with his blinding acceleration and as we all know Speed thrills and kills !
        The moral of the story ...
        THE FASTER THE PLAYER IS
        THE BIGGER MESS HE MAKES OUT OF THE OPPOSITION !!!
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        J.G. was poetry in motions and SPEED KILLS !!!
         
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          By:The WheelJan 25, 2019
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            First saw Gibbs play in the 3rd Grade/Under 23's at Brookvale. What he showed in that grade was what he did in First Grade. Unlike many of the NYC stars.
             
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              By:johnperi01Jan 25, 2019
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              While everyone's favorite player in the 70's growing up was Fulton or Eadie, I fell in love with Gibbsy's blinding acceleration and that inimitable head back running style.
              Saw him chip and chase twice in one movement to score a try once, I think against Norths in the lower grades.
              A shame such a brilliant player was dogged by serious injury, cutting short his career with Manly, and the number of rep games he would have played for NSW and Australia.
               
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                By:manly alJan 25, 2019
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                Recall Gibbsy playing at least one full match as a 5 / 8 in i st grade for Manly [ against the Eels i think ] and at full back also at some stage of his Sea Eagles career so he had a bit of versatility to his footy playing also . Certainly was blessed with some great natural speed and acceleration and must have been a real crowd pleaser when at his playing best . Though a great individual player , always thought that Steve ' Whiz " Martin was still a slightly better fit at half back during some of those crucial and memorable final"s play off"s in the 1978 series ,[ and when Gibbsy was injured early on or just prior to the finals ] and including the G F and replay . Still got to go on the 78 Kangaroo tour so some real consolation there and despite his injury issues on that tour , a good testimony to his outstanding ability as a footy player
                 
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