They say that a test of depth at a club, is by how many players you have in your team that have only tasted 1st grade at one club - i.e. local juniors, or players bought at a junior level, and have come through the ranks. Therefore, I thought I'd test this theory out on Manly versus St George. I know I do this quite a lot, but I do so to highlight in my opinion, where I think OUR club (not Steve Roaches) can improve. I will list the players from both teams that would have only played at one club. I am including Northern Eagles as manly, and Illawarra as St George:- 1. Ben Hornby 2. Wes Naiqama 3. Mark Gasnier 4. Matt Cooper 5. 6. Trent Barrett 7. Mathew Head 8. Luke Bailey 9. 10. Jason Ryles 11. Dean Young 12. Lance Thompson 13. Shaun Timmins 14. Aaron Gorrell 15. Michael Henderson 16. Ashton Sims 17. Justin Poore Ok - so they've had TWO players that have not come through the junior ranks. Now manly:- 01. Brett Stewart 02. Paul Stephenson 03. Steve Matai 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. Chad Randall 10. Jason King 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Steve Menzies 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Interesting eh? There's no point in pointing out an obvious criticism without having an idea or reason why we should be able to fix it. I'd like to point you all to the arive alive cup site, and suggest you look at all the schools registered in it. Nothing at all close to The Northern Beaches !!! I'd say we need a much healthier start there. Right at the grass roots. Players like Barrett, Fittler, Marshall etc etc have come out of this. I'd also like to say that Zorba - you are not above us!! If you receive a request to phone one of us, make the call. You have lost two talented players that Beatson snapped up, AFTER we were going to get you to them first. And this has happenned many times. It's these grass roots players that will make us strong again. I won't even go into the debacle of someone trying to get in through the Jersey Flegg trials, and was not even contacted back..... Manly management - all of you should wake up to yourselves !!!