Members Match Report Round 22

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The Wheel
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Match Report: Round 22
Sea Eagles 21 def Broncos 20

The Manly Sea Eagles broke the losing streak that has haunted them for the past 5 weeks with a fantastic one point win over the Broncos. The Broncos took a 6-0 lead five minutes into the match after halfback Brett Seymour scored off a Darren Lockyer kick. Five minutes later the Broncos extended their lead to 8-0 after Brett Seymour kicked a penalty goal. The Sea Eagles soon found some momentum following a great try to Chris Hicks (shown in the pictures on the right). Luke Williamson converted making the score 8-6. Karmichael Hunt got in on the action as he slipped through the Manly defence to score for the visitors, followed by a conversion to Brett Seymour to push the Broncos lead out to 8. A penalty to Manly right in front of the posts gave them the opportunity to pull the Bronco’s lead back to a converted try. Luke Williamson converted right on half time and the Sea Eagles went in 14-8 down.

The Sea Eagles came out firing in the second half as they looked to fight their way back into the match. Manly had to be next to score, and they were following a great bust from Steve Menzies. Ashley Alberts scored out wide, which left Luke Williamson with a crucial conversion. Williamson converted and the score was locked up at 14-all. It was an arm wrestle for the next 20 minutes until Brett Stewart swooped on a loose pass from Chad Randall to score under the posts giving Manly the lead at 20-14. Captain Michael Monaghan extended Manly’s lead by 1 following a field goal with 6 minutes on the clock. Manly looked as though they had the win in the bag, but with 3 minutes remaining it looked like the Cowboys game revisited as Justin Hodges scored under the posts following a terrific play by Brent Tate. As the Broncos rushed the conversion and got ready for the kick off, it was Manly in control at 21-20 as they took their time and held Brisbane off for their set of six. With seconds remaining, Brisbane kicked and Michael Monaghan ran the ball over the sideline to secure the match for the Sea Eagles.

Anthony Watmough returns
In a massive boost for the Sea Eagles, young State of Origin forward Anthony Watmough will return from a knee injury that has kept him on the sideline for 6 weeks. He was running freely at training this week, Anthony said “I ran today and got tackled and didn't feel a thing, so the knee is great and I'm raring to go.'' Anthony is very keen to get back out there and said “It’s been killing me not playing, especially watching on when we lost a couple of close games. It's been heart-breaking not being out there.�
Anthony is going straight into the starting lineup for Sunday's big clash against the Newcastle Knights at Energy Stadium in Newcastle. His inclusion in the second row with Steve Menzies allows the powerful back row trio of Watmough, Menzies and Ben Kennedy to be reunited.

Lower Grades
The game looked promising for the Manly Sea Eagles Jersey Flegg side as they took an early 10-0 lead after 18 minutes. However, Manly were unable to contain Wests as they ran in the next 4 tries to steal the lead at 22-10. Manly staged a brief comeback with 2 unconverted tries to come within 4 points of Wests but Wests quickly shut down Manly’s idea and scored another 2 converted tries to seal the win. Manly scored a consolation try at the end of the match to record the score as 24-34.

The Manly Sea Eagles Premier League side had an easy win over Wests on Sunday. After a poor start with the Sea Eagles knocking on from the kick off, Manly were able to capitalise on a Wests knock on. After a great pass from Adam Cuthbertson, Jye Mullane was off down the field and as he was being tackled got the flick pass away to stand in Captain Mitch Creary who scored in the corner. From then on it was all one way traffic as Manly scored another 4 tries to extend their lead to 26-0. Wests scored the next 2 tries to get on the scoreboard. That was the end for Wests as Manly took full advantage and looked to improve on their for-and-against points as they ran in a further 34 points to win the match comfortably. Manly’s best were Jye Mullane who had an absolutely fantastic game, Mitch Creary standing in for the injured JP Cherry. Creary scored a hat trick of tries and captained the side from the wing.

Sea Eagles team v Knights at Energy Australia Stadium Sunday 14 August at 3.00pm
Anthony Watmough will return from injury this week to take on the fast improving Knights. Des will trim down his 18 man squad just prior to kick off and has named the following line up:

1. Brett Stewart
2. Paul Stephenson
3. Terry Hill
4. Ashley Alberts
5. Chris Hicks
6. Luke Williamson
7. Michael Monaghan (c)
8. Jason King
9. Chad Randall
10. Brent Kite
11. Steve Menzies
12. Anthony Watmough
13. Ben Kennedy
14. Shane Dunley
15. Nathan Tutt
16. Sam Harris
17. Kylie Leuluai
18. Mark Bryant (one to be omitted)


First Grader
Thanks for putting it up Wheel.

That is a strong side for the weekend, I would prefer Hicks in there as well though.

Good see Mullane doing well. He's been playing centre.


Kim Jong Dan
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Tipping Member
there is improvement there over previous ones, co-incedental that only recently they were handed the red v newsletter

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