I'm trying to analyse whether we have what it takes to do a Tigers/Panthers (ie come from semi-finals oblivion and reach the pinnacle in one year). 2003 Panthers - the Panthers based their 2003 season on skill and experience in the inside backs (Girdler, Gower, Campbell, Whatuira) and pace to burn in the outside backs (Rooney, Lewis, Wesser). Their forwards were young and huge (Waterhouse, Clinton, Gulavao) and simply out-muscled and out-enthused everyone. 2005 Tigers - the Tigers based their campaign on a dynamic young halves duo (Marshall and Prince), and some wily outside backs who have been around a bit but were desperate for success (Richards, Whatuira, Elford, Hodgson). Their forwards were small, but mobile and skillful (Skando, Payton, Fulton, Galea). They out-enthused everyone with their team defence, and backed eachother up on offence. 2006 Manly - our halves overall are not as skillful as the Tigers were. Our outside backs overall aren't as quick overall as the Panthers were. Our forwards overall aren't as big as the Panthers were. Our forwards aren't as skillful as the Tigers were. In conclusion, what I'm trying to get at is that I think the only way we're going do it is through standout individual performances. I'm not advocating a selfish approach - team performance is imperative - but what I do recognise is that our standout players (BK, Menzies, Choc, Orford, Bell, Stewart, Kite) are as good or if not better than the standout players in those other teams. We are clearly going need most of this group of 7 to fire EVERY single match for us to be able to pull off a similar run. Thoughts?