Credit where it is due. Michael Monaghan - If he played like he did TONIGHT, I'd say Orford wouldn't be needed at all next year. He was an actual CAPTAIN tonight. from minute one, before kick off, where he was yelling point blank in one of our players ears with encouragement, to being positive with the referee, to be telling his defenders where to be in the defensive line, to having some AMAZING passes you'd see from Johns, Gower & co. THIS performance my friends by MM, was ALL class. Keep that up, and he will be a very handy addition if selected at 5/8 next year. Before I get beaten down...I'm basing this off TONIGHT'S performance. Give credit where it's due fellas. I don't want to see ONE criticism this week. Let's move forward, and base our thoughts on the recent, because as the saying goes - your only as good as your last game. Ben Kennedy - Seriously guys - is there more of an inspiration in the game today? From potentially having a SERIOUS neck injury last week, and refusing to be carried off because he was proud of the crowd cheering him on, to absolutely tearing Canberra apart. Take note rest of team "BACK THIS GUY UP - HE CAN DAMNED WELL OFFLOAD". Brett Stewart - How much further can this guy improve. Seriously guys. We HAVE to acknowledge his age here, and realise the natural skill & pace of the bloke. Tonight though showed me another facet of this champions game - defence. Well done Brett. Mark Bryant - I know you dropped that ball close to the line, but that aggression you showed after that was intimidating mate. Keep it up, and you'll be a regular 1st grader next year. Brent Kite - From your 1st run, I knew you were on. Your teeth were gritted, and you meter munched. Your defence was OUTSTANDING. Daniel Heckenberg. In the past fortnight, you have completely made me look stupid. I think you are an absolute necessity in our team. Bashing runs, bruising defense. Now the big one:- Des Hasler - I admit I was questionning your ability quite a lot lately, because I didn't see our losing trend changing. You stated we wouldn't win the comp this year, but you guaranteed we'd make the finals. Although I disagree at times with the process, your projections have come to fruition. I will now publicly state, that I will NOT question your career path again (maybe your decisions though). But damn guys - we are in the finals. And like I said to Danny, it's de ja vu again of following The Bears who made it quite often, but this time it's different. Manly are a team that can ACTUALLY WIN THEM. Know what guys - we play Parra next week. In the finals. Although I'd LOVE us to win, and I have also predicted we WILL - and you know I'm often right - I actually don't even care what the result is !!!! I'm walking into work on Monday, with my head held high (as it can be for me anyway). I have a Sea Eagles Pillow & Manly members cap dressing my PC. It is worn with pride this week.