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Hicks and Monaghan.

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Heisenberg, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Member

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    Just sitting at home in Scotland and wondering what got me into Manly. I used to Watch Warrington quite a bit and Chris Hicks and Micheal Monaghan where stars in esl. Just wondering how the the 2 are held in your eyes?
    Obviously played in losing /winning finals in 2007 and 2008.
    Now, I don't give a rats a**e what happens in superleague.
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    No 1 fan in Scotland.
     
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    • Peter C

      Peter C Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Both Monaghan and Hicks did not play in the 2008 Grand Final, both were rated highly by Manly fans, especially Monaghan, who had a sensational game against the Cowboys in a grand final qualifier in 2007.
      They say that Hicks was the fastest at Manly over 100m, and that included Brett Stewart
       
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      • Waz13

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        Likes em both and both played sound roles in the manly rebuild era. Hicks could alway sniff out a try and Mina's was useful at both half and then hooker when orford arrived.
         
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        • Heisenberg

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          Appreciate the reply guys.i remember Hicks scored a hatrick at Wembley for Wolves and Monaghan was a schemer of the highest order. I'm trying to soak up as much as I can about this club. Past and present. Cheers .
           
        • Enigma

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          I was a huge fan of Chris Hicks and at one stage in a mid table team I am sure he was near the top of the whole comp for tackle busts. Very effective in the middle of the field with these fantastic runs he used to go on. I can't work out why with his great speed as well why he wasn't scoring more long range tries like Donald and B.Stewart. If Donald got the ball in a bit of space from anywhere on the field you'd have a quick look at the opposition and you could see a certain try if he had a clearish run. I can't recall ever seeing this with Spider. Monaghan was very effective and it is hard to say why he was not a rep player , I wasn't so sad to see him leave but he helped Manly towards a golden run.
           
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          • robbiea

            robbiea Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            Monaghan used to cop a flogging on here by some fans.
             
          • Frank

            Frank Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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            I like them both, particularly Monaghan who was a gritty player with lots of heart. They weren't considered "stars" of the NRL. They certainly weren't considered the type that "will be the one to knock".
             
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            • SeaEagleRock8

              SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              Manly signed Monaghan as a young up-and-coming half or 5/8 in 2004. From memory he was not considered a rising star, but was thought of as showing some promise. At the time his signing was a significant boost, because that's low our stocks had sunk.

              He always tried his guts out and proved a tremendous competitor, if not a top-flight half. The team was improved with his addition, which helped to lure the next year a young rep quality forward in Kite and a busted old champion forward in Kennedy ... and we were heading for good times.

              However, coach Hasler knew that Monaghan was not a halfback capable of taking us all the way, and he went all out to poach Orford from the Storm. Along the way this caused some furore as then part-owner Delmege pulled rank to get Monaghan re-signed.
              http://www.smh.com.au/news/League/S...-the-Max-factor/2005/06/06/1117910241699.html

              Monaghan had to move over, and ended up hooker, but continued to improve. Notable moments were his fantastic performance in that Cows finals match @Peter C mentioned, and another game I recall when he won the match at the death with a chip and chase and Des Hasler said he pulled that move out of his 'arsenal'.

              Some people thought he went in circles and couldn't cut it as an organiser but I liked him as a player and he played a big role in improving the team as it headed for glory. Tough, skilful, and wholehearted.
               
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              • robbiea

                robbiea Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                I remember Matabele having an inverted hard on for him ,always claiming he runs in circles.I think there was a nickname being bandied around here for him too.
                I always rated him though..
                 
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                • nightster

                  nightster grumpy old bastard Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  some fans on here need a good flogging at times
                   
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                  • Loobs

                    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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                    Ox > Monaghan end of story.

                    Hicks was solid but I'd remember him more as a Panther than one of ours.
                     
                  • Harvies elbow

                    Harvies elbow I'm a country member....... " Yes we remember " Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                    Wish they wuz back!!
                     
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                    • Clay

                      Clay Well-Known Member

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                      Was a big fan of both.
                      Was over the moon when I heard we signed hicks from Penrith, it's a shame he was another player whose career ended at Parra.

                      Monaghan was great value and played a big part on the field in our revival years. I remember being worried about the hooking role when he left and the creativity he provided from the role aswell as another kicking option I thought would be a huge loss at the time.
                       
                    • Woodsie

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                      ah see yooo Jimmy.

                      Both were wee rippers.
                       
                    • Mark from Brisbane

                      Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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                      He certainly did and not justified in my opinion, he used to bust his gut for us.
                       
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                      • Jock

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                        Where are you in Scotland Heisenberg. I originally hail from Forfar
                         
                      • TerryRandall

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                        I was a big Mona's fan. But des had a set against him alright - remember he was given some sort of ultimatum over a 4 game stretch to justify his re-signing - from memory he got MoM in the last game to make it difficult for des to drop the axe. Champion competitor though. I never thought the gap between him and ox was that great, though ox proved me wrong in the 08 GF.
                         
                      • Chip and Chase

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                        Monas was a better hooker than half. Solid and always gave 100%, but did have a touch of concentric circles about him at halfback. Liked his work at hooker though.

                        Hicks was a very good winger who could cover centre more than adequately. I liked him, good finisher and its a pity he didn't stay around for 2008, but his absence saw the rise of the Wolfman. Scored a try in 2007 GF. 42 tries in 93 games for Manly isn't a bad strike rate

                        They were both very good club men and from all reports were popular with their team mates and kept the group tight off the field.
                         
                      • SeaEagleRock8

                        SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                        The signing of Hicks also gave us one of our greatest ever Manly banners...
                        'I love C Hicks and Beaver"
                        :D
                         
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                        • Killer03

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                          Hicks goes down as one of our most underrated players in my opinion. In 07 I still believe our wing pairing of Hicks and Robbo was close to the best in the league yet those outside of Manly wouldn't have batted their eyelids at them.
                           

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