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Great Article in Todays Sun Herald

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Wheel, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    A pretty good looking family today in the Sun Herald on Page 4 and 5, very excited kids and father this morning :):D
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    • Berkeley_Eagle

      Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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      • Damien2812

        Damien2812 Active Member

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        Lol... We are even more hated in the Nrl world after sending souths packing. Can't wait to secure my grand final tickets! :)
      • HappilyManly

        HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        South Sydney Rabbitohs' dream ends, but a new inspiration is born
        Richard Hinds, The Sunday Telegraph, September 29, 2013

        THEY came to romance the Rabbitohs. To see a wonderful tale reach its final chapter.

        This week was supposed to belong to Rusty, Madge, the Burgess brutes, GI, Richo and even Big George, even though he wasn’t going to attend the grand final. Now, amazingly, no Rabbitohs will be there.

        But, as is so often the case, one fairytale was quickly replaced by another. This one from the least likely source.

        Manly is as romantic as industrial sludge. There has been sadistic third world dictators with more charm than the Sea Eagles.

        But even those who would prefer to stick their head in a microwave than spend an evening at Brookvale can have no argument. The heartwarming glow of grand final week belongs on the north shore.

        It belongs to Geoff Toovey. The red-faced coach’s bizarre post-match rant in defeat to the Rabbitohs now constitutes the best $10,000 spent north of the Harbour Bridge since a guest at Kirribilli House ordered a second bottle of the Chateau Lafite.

        Not because the Sea Eagles were favoured by the referees on Friday night. But because, you suspect, Toovey’s players have been galvanised by the feeling their diminutive coach has their backs.

        It belongs to Jamie Lyon, whose self-imposed absence from representative football has been transformed from noble self-sacrifice to absolute tragedy by his Trojan efforts. Has Lyon done more in maroon for Manly, or more for the Maroons by not playing for New South Wales? Tough call.

        Whatever coach Geoff Toovey said at halftime worked a treat

        It belongs to Daly Cherry-Evans, the malignant choir boy. Or at least that’s the way opponents who watch this wonderful waif skip through their brawny defences must see him. Even if they usually see him too late.

        Cherry-Evans is everything that is good about rugby league. He plays with a wit and intelligence - not to mention the incredible courage required to be a normal sized person in a behemoth’s world - that is the answer to those who believe brute force always prevails.

        It belongs to Glenn Stewart, who turned early disaster into personal triumph. Although only if the flint-hearted men of the review panel decide Stewart was trying to brush a fly from Sam Burgess’s chin, not knock his head clean off.

        It belongs to the fitness advisers who soothed aching players who had conceded a week’s rest to the Rabbitohs, yet somehow outran and outmuscled them. And also the fatness staff given George Rose was one of the Manly players beaming after the game.

        It was brave, unexpected and glorious. A team flattened by two arduous finals, and debilitated by match day injuries, recovering from a 14-0 deficit with 30 unanswered points.

        A performance encapsulated by the words of backrower Jamie Buhrer, whose knee buckled beneath him.

        "There was a crack and a bit of pain but she’ll be right,’’ said Buhrer, echoing the spirit of Monty Pythons Black Knight.

        Ruptured ligaments? Broken bones? Internal organs haemorrhaging? At Manly right now, piddling irritations like that are merely flesh wounds.

        So brave were the Sea Eagles a few more of their couch-bound fans might turn up on Sunday. Although only if the mysterious fault in GPS systems that won’t find a route from the north shore to ANZ Stadium can be fixed.

        Only the most foolish Manly fan will fail to cross the Spit Bridge. This would be a triumph to silence the club’s critics. A rewriting of club history. The ultimate blue collar premiership seized by so-called Silvertails.

        Souths? Without comparing real world tragedy with the sporting kind, you can’t help wonder what impact the personal loss suffered by coach Michael Maguire had on the outcome.

        Was the death of the coach’s mother on the day of the game inspiration or distraction? Was it one factor too many for a team already teetering on an emotional knife-edge?

        After blowing a brilliant start, some will call Souths chokers. Surrendering a 14-0 lead against a supposedly tired opponent does not quite register on the global scale of Team New Zealand’s America's Cup meltdown. But the psychological scars created by such a defeat will take time, and all coach Maguire’s hard-headedness, to heal.

        For a few magic minutes, Russell Crowe’s band of brothers - the whole team, not just the Burgess clan - had seemed certain to defy the heavy weight of the club’s modern history. A thought that seemed to not only cross the minds of Souths’ fans, but also the players.

        So grand final week goes on with a different inspirational tale. To the outsider, Manly might never be likable, let alone lovable. But should their battered heroes continue to defy the odds next Sunday, the Sea Eagles will earn something far more profound. The deepest respect.

        FF 1:26
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        • globaleagle

          globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          Is that YOU Ferris?

          Can you get a day off for the gf?

          (reference may be a bit left field for the gen y'ers)
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          • Chip and Chase

            Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            Ahhhhhh "The Wheel"........I get it now
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            • tookey

              tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              Living proof that gay blokes can have kids too
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              • globaleagle

                globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                *click* Oh yeah....me too!

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                • Fluffy

                  Fluffy Well-Known Member

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                  Been a hard few years by the looks of it :p
                • ManlyBacker

                  ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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                  It seems like only a short time ago Wheel was a carefree man on the hill. The family are growing up so quickly. Fantastic pic and I hope you all get tickets. Cheers.
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                  • globaleagle

                    globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                    Cause like Ferris bueller's day off!


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