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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by davohan123, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. davohan123

    davohan123 Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,705 /63
    Only  a short comment

    This year is looking a bit like last year - With some added distractions

    Manly will look good for a few rounds then a distractions off court will tamper our season

    I agree  with Ryan

    9th is best i can see us in 2010
  2. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,742 /120
    either way I am really excited about seeing what a new halves combination will do for us. Whether we finish first or last this freshness and building for the future to me is exciting and worth the ride
  3. davohan123

    davohan123 Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,705 /63
    I agree with you on that point aswell Dan
  4. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,561 /215
    If Manly looks good for a few rounds then this year will be the opposite of last year.
  5. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

    +241 /2
    These distraction have been coming and the club should be prepared - I hope. But 9th at best is still close to where will finish. Other teams are stronger and we gone backwards.
  6. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
  7. OneEyedEagle

    OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +347 /5
    Rambo said it well, the main distraction was last year, hopefully the fires burning in the belly for a few them.
  8. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,393 /402
    We DO have a great team on paper. We have great depth as well. The team I would like - that Des won't go for being risk adverse, is:-

    01. Brett Stewart
    02. Michael Robertson
    03. Steve Matai
    04. Jamie Lyon
    05. David Williams
    06. Keiran Foran
    07. Trent Hodkinson
    08. Jason King
    09. Matt Ballin
    10. George Rose
    11. Anthony Watmough
    12. Shane Rodney
    13. Glenn Stewart

    14. Ben Farrar
    15. Josh Perry
    16. Brent Kite
    17. Joe Galuvao

    The pushing for a spot in 1st grade:-

    18. Terrence Seu Seu
    19. Chris Bailey
    20. Tony Williams
    21. Matt Cross
    22. Darcy Lussick
    23. Daly Cherry-Evans
    24. Jamie Buhrer
    25. Vic Mauro
  9. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    With that line up, why 9th Ryan?  It looks like a pretty good team.
  10. Andrew..

    Andrew.. It's better to burn out, than to fade away. 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,535 /31
    I think a lot of 2010 hinges on Kite, he was pretty quiet last year after the death of his father. If he and Perry get a bit of mongrel back in their game we will be competitive up front and then the skies the limit.
  11. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    Absolutely, you can do so much when the big 4 props are firing for 80 mins every game.  That will be the foundation for them this year - Go forward and give everyone else room!
  12. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,543 /26
    6th if Brett stood down. Top 4 if Brett plays the majority of games.
  13. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    It is hard to predict how we will go as our halves combination is untested and not established. A lot will depend on how they develop as these are key positions.

    I don't think the Stewart court case will be big as a distraction as the club knows what we are dealing with up until the 22nd March. Anything after that is unknown.

    What worries me more is that we play all away games in the first month. Four losses would knock the confidence of the younger players and put us up against it early.

    I hope our defence is more like the 2008 variety rather than the leaky fence that we saw at times last year, especially on our own line.
  14. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

    +1,109 /54
    Really? I'm hoping to concede 30 points a game min.
  15. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

    +241 /2
    Like that team but Des will have Bailey in the 17 and probably Tony Williams - You cant pay the big money and not be given the chance.
  16. Crusher_Cleal

    Crusher_Cleal Well-Known Member

    +762 /21
    Without any recognised halves, we could really slide down the table this year, a la Tigers post-Prince. I'm worried - where is the creativity for us to score tries? Choc will do his bit, but who is going to get the ball to Lyon, Robbo, Brett, Wolf & co? Brett may really suffer without a top half - i think we might have underestimated how lethal the Ox-Stewart combo was.
  17. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member

    +631 /12
    They may be inexperienced at the top level but it's not like the three young blokes have never seen a footy field before. As long as their temparement is up to it, they all have the talent.
  18. King

    King Active Member

    +98 /5
    Manlyborn & Eggson are spot on.

    If the props don't fire, we won't make the 8.

    Des needs the big 4 (Kite, King, Rose and Perry) to really man up and have a good year. If they don't our young halves will get smashed, physically and mentally.

    I think Lyon will be forced to become more involved with the young halves. If he gets the captaincy even better. The more he touches the ball and gets involved the better. Early last year he was devastating in attack.

    Bring it on....
  19. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,561 /215
    Care to nominate which 8 teams (at least) you rate as superior to Manly?
  20. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +6,355 /56
    I tend to be thinking more on the positive side, at least at this stage. I think everyone will use wiser heads at Manly this year relating to functions, off-field behaviour and negotiating with the Nrl.
    The team looks pretty good on paper. The first four weeks will be a bit of a hurdle as Manly will be desperate not to have a horror start again. They need to forget about last year and just concentrate on this year.
    I'm tipping for 4th and then we'll have to win it from there.

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