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In a Different League Matthew Ridge Doco

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Mal Cochrane, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Mal Cochrane

    Mal Cochrane I'm not really Mal Cochrane...

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    I'd never seen this before, an interesting insight into when Matthew Ridge joined manly.

    Something for the offseason...
     
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    • HoldenV8

      HoldenV8 Well-Known Member

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      Saw this a while back. Not bad actually and an interesting look at how we were in 1990.
       
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      • nightster

        nightster I feel like a young girl from Melbourne Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        I've never seen it before either ... thanks for posting ... another great Manly fullback ... I remrmber him at Brooky taking a drop goal and missing it but following through and regathering to score a try ... emulating Bozo I think against Cronulla at Cronulla in a wet game in the mid 60's
         
      • pjayz

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        I was always a big Matthew Ridge fan. Tough bugger who was a pioneering goal kicker with his technique, a good runner of the ball and the best at organising our defence.
         
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        • winnyason

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          Good doc great insight. He was a champion player too our club had some good fullbacks.
          I been in off season you tube watched Martin offiah poms could do with him these days.
          Interesting to get the arogrant thoughts of rugby folk of league back then, Kirwan eventually tried with warriors was a total failure.
          Ridge safe under high ball, great goal kicker good vision could put him at 6 if needed now a kiwi TV personality
           
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          • TimmyQ

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            Fantastic!!!!! Thanks for that..geez he could play - such a complete player for a little dood...absolute champion
             
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            • double hoops

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            • Boozo

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              A fearless fullback and sublime goal kicker. When he played for us, tries were worth 6 points instead of 4.
               
            • TimmyQ

              TimmyQ Well-Known Member

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              The most amazing thing I got from the video was the fact the guy only started playing Rugby at fifteen ffs..Prior to that tennis and soccer.. A few years later he's a dual league/union international - that's a talented athlete
               
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              • StuBoot

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                That was choice!
                 
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                • EaglesDontTweet

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                  Great seeing Lowe teaching Ridge goal line positional play for his first game of rugby league ever, and first grade, and at fullback, off an old video without even a remote to pause/rewind. Classic stuff.
                   
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                  • Ryan

                    Ryan Well-Known Member

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                    Jesus Christ, I hope they still don't use those training technique's ! That trainer scared the bujezus out of me ! "Ok, punch the hell out of Matthew, and if I don't think you are, you're going up the ropes".

                    LOL
                     
                  • Freagle

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                    I recall him stating that his soccer experience was a big part of what made him such a good goal kicker. Which makes sense...
                     
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                    • TerryRandall

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                      How good was that. Bloody brilliant. Tooves, OJ, Dessie, Cliffy, snoz, the mule, even the great Arko makes an appearance. How good was league back then - tough but still semi professional in many ways. Loved the old school conditioner. Great stuff.
                       
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                      • Michael H

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                        Manly have had some superb Fullbacks in their history and this guy was right up there. A great organiser, fiery and a bit of an innovator too. I remember when kicking for touch from a penalty, he would set the ball up on a tee and do it that way. Gained the team plenty of field position doing it.
                         
                      • wombatgc

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                        Loved every minute of that. Top stuff.
                         
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                        • Lyonstomenzies

                          Lyonstomenzies Well-Known Member Premium Member

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                          He also had a hot younger sister who used to do laps around the field during the game. I was 14-16 at the time and me and the boys used to love when she would walk past all of us on the hill.
                           
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                          • 1969

                            1969 Well-Known Member

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                            I never understand why more teams don't do this... it's an easy way to pick up 20-30 metres, get attack running forward, defence running back, and under pressure.
                             
                          • Shoe1

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                            That was great. Thanks for posting.
                             
                          • lsz

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                            How good is it to see some of the other players? The mule....Chris White?
                             

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