No Storm unturned Zorba 26 July 2008 http://manlydaily.com.au/article/2008/07/2...297_sports.html NO game in the past 15 seasons has had pre-sales like the Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm clash at Brookie on August 8, with the Jane Try and Ken Arthurson grandstands sold out, less than 200 seats remaining in the southern stand and a real possibility of a capacity crowd. Only general admission tickets will be available for the match from next Monday. Fans are eager to be at the grand final replay game but have neglected the game next Friday night against the Penrith Panthers at Brookvale Oval with ticket sales very slow by comparison. The Sea Eagles have only three more home games at Brookvale Oval before the final series, against Penrith on August 1, the Storm on August 8 and the Gold Coast Titans on a day to be decided next week by the NRL. Manly have asked for a Sunday afternoon game to celebrate Steve Menzies' last premiership game at his favourite ground. The Sea Eagles need two wins from the last seven games to ensure a top-four spot and the club's second home semi-final in successive years. THE professionalism of today's NRL stars never ceases to amaze me. Jamie Lyon underwent an operation to repair medial ligament damage in the Mater Hospital on Wednesday. Less than 24 hours later he was on the physiotherapist's table at the team's headquarters at the Academy of Sport at Narrabeen in pain but receiving treatment to speed up his recovery. The injury to Lyon in the first half of last Friday's clash against Parramatta was a bodyblow to the Sea Eagles with the five-eighth in brilliant form lately. The Manly medical team and support staff are the best in the NRL and they are hopeful "Killer" will be back for a game before the finals or the first semi-final weekend at the latest. MANLY'S traditional after-match invasion of Brookvale Oval by youngsters will be copied at the Sydney Football Stadium tomorrow after the Sea Eagles v Roosters clash. The Roosters have promoted the match as a family day and want youngsters to take a football to the game and enjoy a kick on the ground after full time. It's an initiative which is time-honoured at Brookvale Oval and will be continued into the future. One of the Sea Eagles' part-owners, Brett Delmege, is often the last to leave Brookie before the lights are turned off, as his young son refuses to come off the field. HOW good are Matt Ballin and Heath L'Estrange handling the hooking job at the Sea Eagles? Both have had outstanding seasons and have played major roles in Manly's season so far. Ballin's work ethic is second to none and the super fit no.9 is proving a handful for every defence close to the line. He is also providing smart service from dummy-half to his backs. After Ballin has done his bit "The Stranger" has been used to great effect by coach Des Hasler. So well are the two playing that they have extinguished the early season barrage of criticism levelled at the club for allowing Michael Monaghan to go to England.