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Manly's Team of the NRL Era

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyMatt, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. ManlyMatt

    ManlyMatt Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I've been a Manly supporter since 1997 ( my first game was the prelim against roosters) so unfortunately I never got the chance to see players like Ken Irvine, Bob Fulton Terry Randell and the like. Because of this when people assemble Manly's greats into all time teams or compare Someone like Graham Eadie to Brett Stewart I dont really have the knowlege to take part. So I thought it might be fun to get peoples thoughts on Manly's Best of the NRL era (1998 onwards). Some lean years early on but still some great players. Don't bag me if this has been done before i couldnt find it. Just looking for a way to pass time before the game tonight. I'll go First.

    1. Brett Stewart
    2. Michael Robertson
    3. Steve Matai
    4. Jamie Lyon
    5. David Williams
    6. Geoff Toovey (c)
    7. Daly Cherry-Evans
    8. Brent Kite
    9. Matt Ballin
    10. Jason King
    11. Ben Kennedy
    12. Steve Menzies
    13. Glenn Stewart

    14. Anthony Watmough
    15. Nik Kosef
    16. Josh perry
    17. Michael Monaghan

    Coach. Des Hasler

    Great players and great memories. Makes me proud to be a supporter.What do you guys think?
     
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    • NYEagle

      NYEagle Well-Known Member

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      Pretty accurate, although I'd have another winger - perhaps Tery Hill? from the 90's instead of Wolf, and What-shisname in for Kennedy to the bench.
      NYEagle
       
    • Kevinward777

      Kevinward777 Well-Known Member

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      Pretty good side. I wouldn't it change much.
       
    • ManlyMatt

      ManlyMatt Well-Known Member

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      yes your probably right NY but my memories of Tezza are a bit hazy as I was pretty young. I think I missed the hight of his career. From my memories he was brought out of retirement to help out because we were so poor and by that point he was overweight and slow. I do recall him simultaneously scoring a try and knocking himself out at the season opener double header in 2000 (I think) cant remember who it was against.
       
    • Killer03

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      Pretty good team, I'd probably change a name here or there, but one I think needs to be mentioned is Chris Hicks on the wing. Massively underrated player (like Robbo), and I feel for him that he left a year before the 08 shellacking we handed out to the storm.
       
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      • ManlyMatt

        ManlyMatt Well-Known Member

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        I considered him and he was a great player no doubt but for me the fact that wolfy scored in a grand final winning team gets him over the line. In saying that Hicks was such an important player for us for a couple of years there. Hope he's still a manly fan.
         
      • Damien2812

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        5/8 cliff lyons and halfback geoff toovey!
         
      • Mal Cochrane

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

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        That's a tough one because you are beginning in 1997, which was the end of a great era. Spud, Innes, Cliffy, Cement are a few who could be added in the above list.
         
      • ManlyMatt

        ManlyMatt Well-Known Member

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        Hey Mal
        Spud, Innes and Gillespie while all Manly greats, left after the 97 GF and thus did not play in the NRL Era. Whilst Cliffy was an awesome manly player he was coming to the end of his career in 98 and i think it would be hard to argue he had more of an impact on manly than Cherry has in regards to the NRL era. If your talking all time then cliffy would be your man I'd say.
         
      • IQofalimabean

        IQofalimabean Well-Known Member

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        1. Brett Stewart
        2. Michael Robertson
        3. Steve Bell
        4. Steve Matai
        5. Will Hopoate
        6. Jamie lyon
        7. Daly Cherry-Evans
        8. Brent Kite
        9. Matt Ballin
        10. Josh Perry
        11. Anthony Watmough
        12. Steve Menzies
        13. Glenn Stewart

        14. Shane Rodney
        15. Joe Galuvao
        16. Jason king
        17. George Rose
        Coach Des Hasler
        Basically merged the 08 and 2011 sides. I would put wolfman in but that 2013 grandfinal reminded me of Neville Glover.
         
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        • simon_eagle

          simon_eagle Well-Known Member

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        • mozgrame

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          Awesome! Thanks @simon_eagle
           
        • mozgrame

          mozgrame Well-Known Member

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          How underrated was poor old Robo? Hicksie too! Steve Bell, champion!
           
        • EagleFlys

          EagleFlys Well-Known Member

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          What about his holyness the Delai Messiah Prophet Brad Arthur?

          True he wasn't actually the coach. However, according to recent posts he was the best assistant coach of all time, and able to take the mantle as the best coach in rugby league without actually having to win a premiership.

          Des who lol.
           
        • simon_eagle

          simon_eagle Well-Known Member

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          Yep, we have been lucky in recent years to have so many fantastic players. I loved Hicksie and Monas, but then we got Robbo and Ballin.
           
        • IQofalimabean

          IQofalimabean Well-Known Member

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          king Arthur has nothing on the water boy.
           
        • Mataiforerver

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          1 Stewart
          2 Robertson
          3 Lyon
          4 Matai
          5 Bell
          6 Cherry Evans
          7 Orford
          8 Kite
          9 Ballin
          10 Perry
          11 Menzies
          12 Watmough
          13 Stewart

          14 Toovey
          15 Kennedy
          16 King
          17 T-Rex / Luke Williamson

          Special mentions to:
          Williams, Hicks, M.Monaghan, Georgey Rose, Kieran Foran, Gualavao, Rodney, Hall, Buhrer
           
        • Mal Cochrane

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          Apologies, you are right, you do say from 1998 onwards.
           
        • HoldenV8

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          For mine its.....

          FB - Brett Stewart
          WG - Michael Robertson
          CE - Jamie Lyon (c)
          CE - Steve Matai
          WG - David Williams
          FE - Kieran Foran
          HB - Daly Cherry-Evans
          PR - Brent Kite
          HK - Matt Ballin
          PR - Josh Perry
          SR - Steve Menzies
          SR - Glenn Stewart
          LK - Ben Kennedy

          Res - Anthony Watmough, Jason King, Chris Hicks, Michael Monaghan

          Although I still believe that he's better than any 5/8 currently running around in the NRL (including Foz when he's playing well.....and JT who's a halfback IMO), I tend to class Cliffy as pre-NRL even though he played for us until 1999. VERY tempting to put him in there though......Very tempting. Same with Tooves (more than half of his games in the NRL era was with the Northern Eagles).
           
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