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Mental toughness will win in 08: Stanton

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Mental toughness will win in 08: Stanton
    By Todd Balym


    The coach who engineered one of the most remarkable premiership triumphs in league history 30 years ago believes it is going to take a similar feat of mental toughness for a champion to emerge in 2008.

    Manly's 1978 premiership coach Frank Stanton says the only way to separate the teams vying for this year's title - the top 11 are within four points of each other at the midway point of the season - is for the strongest team mentally to prevail.

    Stanton knows all about mental toughness for champion football teams.

    His Sea Eagles completed an amazing 1978 title win by playing six games within 25 days with a host of players carrying significant injuries.

    Their finals run included a preliminary major semi-final 17-12 loss to Cronulla, a 13-13 draw sudden death minor semi-final with Parramatta, followed three days later by a 17-11 victory, a 14-7 preliminary final win over Western Suburbs, an 11-11 grand final draw with Cronulla that was replayed three days later with Manly winning 16-0.

    Such was the heroic story of the Sea Eagles victory, current Manly coach Des Hasler called upon two of the 1978 stars to talk to his team earlier this year about becoming mentally tougher.

    Stanton believes mental toughness is the only thing that can stand in the Sea Eagles path to claiming redemption for last year's grand final loss to Melbourne.

    "They have a very good side on their day but they need to turn up every day," said Stanton.

    "Des has obviously alluded to it, he sees that shortcoming at the moment as being the only thing that can stop them.

    "There's so many teams in this competition that on ability, and given they're all healthy, are so close together and the team that prevails out of all those is the team that is the most mentally tough.

    "Teams will need to turn up from now on once the State of Origin series is over, turn up every day, every week and every match.

    "The team that does that the best will be the team that wins the premiership."

    Stanton and his 1978 premiership side gathered at the SCG on Friday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their infamous victory.

    The players shared stories about just how tough their coach really was and it was revealed how an inspirational speech from an army war veteran had been a key motivator in picking the side up after their shock loss to Cronulla in the first week of the finals.

    Stanton said he knew his team had the mental fortitude to win the title, they just needed some pushing.

    "They had a lot of mental toughness about them and there was questions about them because we lost first up," he said.

    "But once they were reminded of what was needed and what had to happen they reproduced it."
  2. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

    +514 /6
    Seems a stange to call it infamous, I thought it was a great victory and wagged school to watch it on the telly.
  3. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,197 /11
    Seems a stange to call it infamous, I thought it was a great victory and wagged school to watch it on the telly.

    in•fa•mous    (in‚fÆ’ mÆ’s)  adj.
    1. having an extremely bad reputation.
    2. deserving of or causing an evil reputation; shamefully bad; detestable: an infamous deed.
    3.  Law.a.  (of a convicted felon) deprived of certain rights as a citizen. b. pertaining to offenses involving such deprivation.

    Sounds to me what everybodies perception of Manly is unless you are a Manly supporter.
  4. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +214 /5
    I watched the game on telly and am not sure why i was not at school. I was extremely miffed as my school time that had won the state knockout had been invited to play Fairfield Pats in the curtain raiser and they said no!!!! As a country 18 yr old I could have been there. Would have been a lot better than my first trip to a GF in 82!!!

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