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Manly coach Geoff Toovey confident the club will go well in 2012

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    Manly coach Geoff Toovey confident the club will go well in 2012

    THIS is Geoff Toovey's chance to show the NRL world the joint hasn't fallen down in the wake of Des Hasler's defection.

    This Friday, the premiers get on a plane bound for the UK - and a showdown with Leeds for the right to be crowned the World Club champions.

    Yesterday Toovey named his squad for the February 17 clash at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds.

    And when you sit down and really take a good look at the squad, really take a good look, you can't help but wonder if all this commotion about Hasler's departure has been taken a little out of context.

    Not many rival coaches would mind swapping their roster for what Toovey has at his disposal.

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    Brett Stewart at the back, Jamie Lyon and Steve Matai in the centres, Kieran Foran and Cherry-Evans in the halves ... and what about the pack?

    A back row of Watmough, Williams and Glenn Stewart - and a front row of Kite, Ballin and King.

    It's a serious line-up.

    So now for the next question: are the players committed to him

    Does Toovey have their respect - or are they still dark the club let Hasler go?

    This will define the Sea Eagles' season.

    Asked yesterday if the World Club Challenge was a chance for the players to prove their commitment, Toovey answered as you'd expect for a man who gave so much to the maroon and white jumper in his years as a player.

    "Their commitment to this club and their teammates is what they speak about," Toovey said.

    "Their concern is about making sure the team is focused at what they are the best at in the competition and making sure they aren't getting distracted at what is around them. You can't question the commitment of any Manly team, especially this one."

    As a player Toovey was just about the pound-for-pound toughest the game has seen in the past three decades, certainly he makes the grand final side.

    But how does toughness translate into coaching? What you can already notice in his manner is that where Toovey had a habit of snarling when he wore the No.7 jumper as skipper, as a coach he is far more accepting of dumb-ass questions. Like, can you go back-to-back?

    Remember, look at the roster. "It's a good side, it's a good side," he said.

    "And it's been a consistent side for a number of years now. I think it would be foolish to underestimate the fight in any Manly team, particularly this one. They have had great success over recent years.

    "There has been a lot thrown at this team in the past and they have always pulled together and fought back strongly.

    "The character is not an issue and I believe it would rival that of any team in any sport anywhere in the world."

    It's a bold statement, and it says everything about Toovey's belief in his players.

    When Hasler walked everyone anticipated a meltdown, but while the inferno has continued at board level, with threats now to pursue Hasler in the courts, on the field Toovey says the focus is back.

    Asked yesterday if the players felt robbed of a chance to enjoy the grand final celebrations because of the circus that followed Hasler's departure, Toovey admitted as much: "I think that is obvious. They definitely feel that way."

    Manly squad for World Club Challenge: Brett Stewart, David Williams, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, Michael Oldfield, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Brent Kite, Matt Ballin, Jason King, Tony Williams, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Jamie Buhrer, Vic Mauro, Darcy Lussick, George Rose, Joe Galuvao, Ben Farrar, Dean Whare.
  2. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    What is noticeable is the number of times I hear the word 'fun' in the Players's quotes:)

    I wish the Players and Manly Fans a belated GF celebration with the World Cup in hand :D
  3. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Well said Tooves - never underestimate the fight in a Manly team! Plenty of teams do, hopefully starting this season with the Warriors in Auckland round 1! ;-)
  4. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    I'm not gay (not that there is anything wrong with that) but I love you Toovey. You just made my day.
    Go Manly!
    Good luck boys.
  5. Eaglette Fan

    Eaglette Fan Active Member

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    If Manly win the WCC, it will give Tooves enormous confidence for the NRL season ahead.
  6. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly will win the WCC no ifs or buts !!!!
  7. arty

    arty Active Member

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    Which will be a great start to the season. However, should they be successful, ,and I hope they are, it will be very unlikely that any NRL team will subsequently underestimate the Sea Eagles. All teams will be keen to do us in, but don't they always?
  8. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly is like a good sort and all teams are always keen to do them but like all good sorts the Mighy Sea Eagles always get their way in the end :cool:
  9. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Sounds like the playing group have got a point prove ( nothing to prove IMO), with every journo giving Des most of the credit for last years premiership.

    That along with the timing of Haslers departure straight after GF, could be the extra motivation the boys need to go B2B.
  10. Cameron

    Cameron Cambo

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  11. Oneyeagle

    Oneyeagle Active Member

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    Great to see good positive news at last. I too took a close look at the team and hey it's not friggin bad at all.

    Certainly these are the Eagles Golden years and when you look at all the list of State and International players most with two GF's wins up their sleeves you have to think there in with half a chance in 2012.

    By Rd 4 we should know how much they want to achieve a Back to Back win. I'm hoping that the player group will prove the Critics wrong. That they don't need a Sir Des to win a GF.

    Watch the likes of the respected three... Jamie, Glen, Jason and now more so Anthony lead up front, keeping the boys in check as they have done for the last couple of years. Under there guidance the boys should remain disciplined and focused on the year ahead.

    Go you Mighty Eagles

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