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Yes, I admit it does feel good....

The problem is, we seem to have a blow out that raises its ugly head, and everything goes from Roses to Pears very quickly. Then, we still have Walker to deal with, along with some Greenburg spin, Rothfield crap, and I also we have a few personal skeletons.

It would be nice to start the season on the front foot for a change, but it is only early days yet...
 

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Ingredients are great!
Fan base happy
Team happy
Des back (with cohorts)
Stability in front & back office
Cohesion throughout MWSE

Keep the thread happy, we all deserve a happy space :clap:
Couldn't agree more mate.
I'm happy.
Rejoined as a member for the 1st time in a few years and into year 2 of footy club membership.
Can't wait to p*ss the cricket off and get into it.
Think our roster is a bit short in parts and the season won't be all beer and skittles but it'll be better than what's been served up the last 3 years with Dessie at the helm.
Bring it...
 

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Ingredients are great!
Fan base happy
Team happy
Des back (with cohorts)
Stability in front & back office
Cohesion throughout MWSE

Keep the thread happy, we all deserve a happy space :clap:
Best start to the season for a long time feathered friend .
We do not live in a perfect world as there are challenges EVERYONE has to face along their journey but we are cruising along very well
It is not about how rough the the road is that has to be walked on . . It is about how tough the men are that will do the walking .
Mr excuses/quitter Barrett is gone . We are starting a new era . The era of the winning Sea eagle
 

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It is a total reset, no expectations on the team and a chance to redeem themselves after a forgettable 2018. The team need to make Brookvale a fortress again, the Barrett era was littered with some dreadful home defeats, hopefully Hasler has addressed some of the big weaknesses we have around our ruck defence and inability to deal with attacking kicks and not scoring from our attacking kicks.
 

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no expectations on the team
I disagree mate. All eyes are on how the team plays with Des leading us. We're all expecting an improvement on Barrett at the least with a finals appearance next year. Let's see what happens. The season is long.
 

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2019 Season Preview: Manly Sea Eagles
Des Hasler has returned to a Manly club desperate to return to finals footy.
2018 Recap

The Sea Eagles avoided the 2018 wooden spoon only due to one of the direst Parramatta sides of modern times being there. It was through no efforts of their own.
Young Gun/One To Watch: Albert Hopoate
Former Dragon Reuben Garrick seems to be the name on most experts lips, but if Walker isn’t available in round one, it’s young Albert Hopoate that I’d be running with.

There’s footage of the young fullback, most likely to debut on the wing, scoring a length of the field try in the juniors where he breaks what looks like 20 tackles.

Manly need a break out youngster to come in with speed and elusiveness and young Hoppa has both in spades.


https://www.zerotackle.com/2019-season-preview-manly-sea-eagles-39811/
 
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Did the author mean that a Reuben sandwich is on most experts' lips?
 

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Yes, I admit it does feel good....

Then, we still have Walker to deal with, along with some Greenburg spin, Rothfield crap, and I also we have a few personal skeletons.

It would be nice to start the season on the front foot for a change, but it is only early days yet...
The Walker issue won't impact the 2019 season. I expect one perhaps two adjournments before it gets close to any sort of trial / hearing. Even if found Guilty I would then expect an appeal which would add another 6 months. Under current NRL protocols they don't act until the Court proceedings are finalised, unless irrefutable video evidence comes to hand ala Ben Barba. If all of that doesn't delay it 9 months to beyond the end of this season I'll be absolutely dumbfounded.
 
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Well I just made a $50 bet with a Broncos fan for us to make the 8. He reckons the spoon is out of us and doggies
 

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The Walker issue won't impact the 2019 season. I expect one perhaps two adjournments before it gets close to any sort of trial / hearing. Even if found Guilty I would then expect an appeal which would add another 6 months. Under current NRL protocols they don't act until the Court proceedings are finalised, unless irrefutable video evidence comes to hand ala Ben Barba. If all of that does delay it 9 months to beyond the end of this season I'll be absolutely dumbfounded.
Maybe but it would be a major surprise to me if you are correct. There is a local court practice note requiring all summary domestic violence matters to be heard within 3 months of the charges being laid. Dylan's matter has a hearing date and I'd expect the issue of guilt or innocence to be decided on that date.

If guilty the sentence would probably be adjourned but there is no reason why the NRL would wait for sentence proceedings to be finalised (even though they foolishly did so in the case of Kirisome Auva'a, enabling a guilty player to play the whole season including the grand final).

An appeal is similarly no basis for the NRL to delay a decision to suspend or de-register, because pending the appeal, the player has been found guilty at law.
 

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NRL 2019 season preview: Manly Sea Eagles

Spine
This spine really has the potential to be anything it wants to be, although the questions around their forward pack, ability to dominate games and decision making might hold them back.

The only real question around the way they will line up is Trent Hodkinson against Kane Elgey in the number six. With Manase Fainu likely to be included as the bench utility, it means the man who misses the 13 will be in New South Wales Cup for Blacktown.

I’d say, given they have signed Elgey as one of their high-profile recruits from the Gold Coast during the off-season, that he gets first crack.


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His combination with Daly Cherry-Evans will be intriguing, but one which probably suits him down to the ground.

Cherry-Evans kicking game at club level has been excellent at times over the last few years, so this should allow Elgey to be experimental with the way he plays within the Manly structure and be dangerous running the ball.

They are of course, joined by one of the game’s best young fullbacks in Tom Trbojevic, who is made all the more dangerous by guys like Martin Taupau and brother Jake, who are strong offloaders of the footy.

Rounding out the four men in the key positions for the men from Manly will be Apisai Koroisau, who lines up in the number nine.

Backs
The depth in the outside backs for Manly is actually quite good. Even though it’s inexperienced depth, Des Hasler has a selection headache on his hand, with Reuben Garrick and Albert Hopoate pushing for a spot on the wing.

I’ll take Brendan Elliott to win the race for the vacant spot in the back line, but it really could go either way.

The other three spots seem more or less certain, with Taufua and Walker (should he not be suspended) walk up starters, and Moses Suli likely to get the first crack in the centres.


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There is try-scoring talent here, but Suli has been inconsistent, Taufua has errors and defensive mistakes in his game, and Walker is yet to find his potential to be one of the best players in the game he has often been touted to be.
Forwards
It’s not the worst forward pack, but it’s one without a lot of depth who simply didn’t perform to expectations throughout 2018.

Manly’s pack not being able to dominate games was a big reason they found themselves at the wrong end of the table by the end of it, and while Martin Taupau and Jake Trbojevic lead it well from the front, the onus is on others to stand up.

Taupau is a freak when it comes to offloading the footy, and Trbojevic has great vision for a lock, while Addin-Fonua Blake came on in leaps and bounds last year.

Joel Thompson is a proven quality and will join Curtis Sironen in the back row, but after that, things drop away.

Frank Winterstein has shown immense potential, but never kicked on, Taniela Paseka and Lloyd Perrett both have size about them, and players like Jack Gosiewski, Toafofoa Sipley and Kelepi Tanginoa, but again, it’s not the quality of other names, and if an injury does hit, it’s going to weaken the Manly forward pack considerably.
https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/02/18/nrl-2019-season-preview-manly-sea-eagles/
 

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NRL 2019 season preview: Manly Sea Eagles

Spine
This spine really has the potential to be anything it wants to be, although the questions around their forward pack, ability to dominate games and decision making might hold them back.

The only real question around the way they will line up is Trent Hodkinson against Kane Elgey in the number six. With Manase Fainu likely to be included as the bench utility, it means the man who misses the 13 will be in New South Wales Cup for Blacktown.

I’d say, given they have signed Elgey as one of their high-profile recruits from the Gold Coast during the off-season, that he gets first crack.


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His combination with Daly Cherry-Evans will be intriguing, but one which probably suits him down to the ground.

Cherry-Evans kicking game at club level has been excellent at times over the last few years, so this should allow Elgey to be experimental with the way he plays within the Manly structure and be dangerous running the ball.

They are of course, joined by one of the game’s best young fullbacks in Tom Trbojevic, who is made all the more dangerous by guys like Martin Taupau and brother Jake, who are strong offloaders of the footy.

Rounding out the four men in the key positions for the men from Manly will be Apisai Koroisau, who lines up in the number nine.

Backs
The depth in the outside backs for Manly is actually quite good. Even though it’s inexperienced depth, Des Hasler has a selection headache on his hand, with Reuben Garrick and Albert Hopoate pushing for a spot on the wing.

I’ll take Brendan Elliott to win the race for the vacant spot in the back line, but it really could go either way.

The other three spots seem more or less certain, with Taufua and Walker (should he not be suspended) walk up starters, and Moses Suli likely to get the first crack in the centres.


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There is try-scoring talent here, but Suli has been inconsistent, Taufua has errors and defensive mistakes in his game, and Walker is yet to find his potential to be one of the best players in the game he has often been touted to be.
Forwards
It’s not the worst forward pack, but it’s one without a lot of depth who simply didn’t perform to expectations throughout 2018.

Manly’s pack not being able to dominate games was a big reason they found themselves at the wrong end of the table by the end of it, and while Martin Taupau and Jake Trbojevic lead it well from the front, the onus is on others to stand up.

Taupau is a freak when it comes to offloading the footy, and Trbojevic has great vision for a lock, while Addin-Fonua Blake came on in leaps and bounds last year.

Joel Thompson is a proven quality and will join Curtis Sironen in the back row, but after that, things drop away.

Frank Winterstein has shown immense potential, but never kicked on, Taniela Paseka and Lloyd Perrett both have size about them, and players like Jack Gosiewski, Toafofoa Sipley and Kelepi Tanginoa, but again, it’s not the quality of other names, and if an injury does hit, it’s going to weaken the Manly forward pack considerably.
https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/02/18/nrl-2019-season-preview-manly-sea-eagles/
Pretty fair assessment actually, no mention of Waddell who could be very good pick up/surprise packet for us.
 

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