Steve Matai

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  1. gotsy

    By:gotsyApr 21, 2005
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    Can anyone tell me Steve Matai's background. Where he came from and where he was born, stuff like that. I hadn't even heard of him 1 month ago. Was he playing for the Manly reserve grade and then moved up to first grade???
    Whats the story?
     
  2. Dan

    By:DanApr 21, 2005
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    I heard he was from somewhere up in QLD and got rejected in the first draft but then when we needed more centres Des asked for another look at him and snapped him up.

    This may be BS or another player but I recall hearing something like that about him
     
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    By:bysoApr 21, 2005
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    I thought he's from NZ....
     
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    By:Canteen WorkerApr 21, 2005
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    I understood that he was a Kiwi who was playing in the QLD cup. Came to Manly to trial but was behind the current centres and Karl Johnson, Ashley Alberts etc. Saw on ME that he was living with Sgt's family.

    Had some impressive form, especially in defence in lower grades and got the call up when Tezz was injured!
     
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    By:DanApr 21, 2005
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    I knew I had heard right
     
  6. Blunty

    By:BluntyApr 21, 2005
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    Originally from Auckland. But he was playing for the Ipswich Jets in the Qld cup, with i think Trevor Gillmeister as his coach, don't quote me on that though.
     
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    By:PJApr 21, 2005
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    Aparently Gillmeister said he should have had another year in Queensland but he bit the bullet and came anyway.
     
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