Manly-Warringah’s 2018 NRL campaign was dogged from the off, with the club copping hefty fines for salary cap breaches dating back over five years.
Many in the rugby league community felt the Sea Eagles were lucky to avoid a points deduction, but it mattered little as they finished only a game clear of the wooden spoon.
Can mighty Manly bounce back this year? Let’s have a look at their odds for NRL 2019.
About the Manly Sea Eagles
|Premierships:||Eight – 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008, 2011|
|2018 ladder finish:||15th (7-17)|
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Updated Manly Sea Eagles futures odds
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Dally M Odds|
|Jan||$26||$3.50||$5.50||T Trbojevic $26|
|Feb||$34||$3.75||$6||T Trbojevic $26|
|Mar||$41||$3.50||$8||T Trbojevic $34|
|Apr||$26||$2.65||$23||D Cherry-Evans $21|
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- It would be a huge surprise if Manly bolted into flag contention this year. They are at short odds to miss the eight ($1.28 at Sportsbet) and look much more likely to finish at the foot of the ladder.
- Most bookies have Manly among the top few candidates for the least-wanted prize in league footy. Canterbury and Gold Coast also have very good claims, but you could do much worse than back the Sea Eagles for the spoon.
- Daly Cherry-Evans always rates a mention in the Dally M conversation, but Tom Trbojevic might be the better bet after a very solid season in a very ordinary team.
2019 Manly Sea Eagles draw
|1||Wests Tigers||Leichhardt Oval||Saturday, March 16||5:30pm|
|2||Sydney Roosters||Lottoland||Saturday, March 23||7:35pm|
|3||New Zealand Warriors||Christchurch Stadium||Saturday, March 30||3pm|
|4||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Lottoland||Saturday, April 6||3pm|
|5||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Saturday, April 13||5:30pm|
|6||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Saturday, April 20||7:35pm|
|7||Canberra Raiders||Lottoland||Sunday, April 28||2pm|
|8||Canterbury Bulldogs||Lottoland||Saturday, May 4||5:30pm|
|9||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 10||7:55pm|
|10||Cronulla Sharks||Shark Park||Sunday, May 19||4:05pm|
|11||Gold Coast Titans||Lottoland||Friday, May 24||6pm|
|12||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Thursday, May 30||7:50pm|
|13||North Queensland Cowboys||1300SMILES Stadium||Saturday, June 8||7:35pm|
|14||St George Illawarra Dragons||Lottoland||Sunday, June 16||2pm|
|15||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Saturday, June 29||3pm|
|17||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, July 13||3pm|
|18||Parramatta Eels||Lottoland||Sunday, July 21||4:05pm|
|19||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Saturday, July 27||7:35pm|
|20||Newcastle Knights||Lottoland||Saturday, August 3||3pm|
|21||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Friday, August 9||6pm|
|22||Wests Tigers||Lottoland||Thursday, August 15||7:50pm|
|23||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, August 25||4:05pm|
|24||Melbourne Storm||Lottoland||Saturday, August 31||5:30pm|
|25||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, September 6||6pm|
Sea Eagles players to watch in 2018
This is a big year for Cherry-Evans. Now captain of the firsts at Brookvale, the Redcliffe-born playmaker has a huge opportunity to reignite his State of Origin career now the likes of Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston have retired from representative footy. A healthy, happy DCE is vital to Manly’s prospects in 2019.
Trbojevic the younger is the driving force in Manly’s back row. Whether at fullback or on either flank, his long stride and clean hands make him tough to defend when the service is there. He was the pick of a disappointing Sea Eagles side in 2018 and will look to improve again this year.
Andrew Johns had this to say after one of Manly’s trial games last year: “Jake’s timing of his pass and his understanding of when to pass is as good as any halfback in the game.” Some say the elder of the ‘Turbo Bros’ is every bit as important as Cherry-Evans, who benefits hugely from his star lock’s marshalling of the forwards.
Manly Sea Eagles records and stats
- Most games: 309 – Cliff Lyons
Most career points: 1917 – Graham Eadie
Most points in a season: 257 – Matthew Ridge (1995)
Most career tries: 163 – Brett Stewart
Most tries in a season: 27 – Phil Blake (1983)
- Most consecutive wins: 15 (1995)
Most consecutive losses: Eight (1950 and 1998-99)
Biggest winning margin: 70-7 (vs. Panthers, 1973)
Biggest losing margin: 6-68 (vs. Sharks, 2005)
Largest home attendance: 104,583 (vs. Knights at Stadium Australia, 1999)
- It did not take long for the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club to make its mark on the top grade. Having poached a number of North Sydney Bears players upon joining the NSWRL in 1947, the Sea Eagles were in their first grand final only four years later. They lost to South Sydney on that occasion – a recurring theme over the next two decades.
Manly reached the big dance five times in 25 years until breaking through in 1972 with a 19-14 win over Eastern Suburbs. That opened the floodgates for further premierships in ’73, ’76 and ’78 as the Eagles became a bona fide powerhouse of the competition.
The 1980s were notable for back-to-back grand final defeats to Parramatta and a fifth top-grade flag in ’87 – the last GF ever played at the SCG. The club dominated during the Super League wars of the 1990s, yet three consecutive grand finals produced only a single premiership.
Following the example set by Wests Tigers and the St George Illawarra Dragons in the early years of the NRL, the Sea Eagles merged with the Bears in 1999 to form the Northern Eagles. That partnership lasted only two seasons, with Norths folding and Manly-Warringah returning as a standalone operation in 2003.
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