Just like supporters, Manly Warringah players are itching to return ‘home’ to Brookvale Oval this Sunday.
Former Warriors player Feleti Mateo christened his ‘new home’ of Brookvale Oval with a strong display in the round two win over the Melbourne Storm. Wearing the 11 jersey, Mateo played the full 80 minutes at five-eighth and had a hand in one of full-back Brett Stewart’s two tries.
Mateo backed it up a week later with a strong performance against the Bulldogs, scoring a try, before suffering an ankle injury that has kept him on the sideline since.
Manly Coach Geoff Toovey has rated Mateo a ‘50/50’ chance to return against the Newcastle Knights this Sunday.
“I love playing at Brookie. The fans are so close to the field and you can definitely hear the banter from the crowd,’’ Mateo said.
“It is one of those suburban grounds you love playing on.
“There are a lot of Manly members who proudly call Brookie ‘home’ too. The boys are pumped to get back there to play.
“We want to put a good performance on at home, especially for the boys’ mums on Mother’s Day. It should be a great occasion.”
Mateo said it was important to build on the team’s strong come from behind victory over the Storm a fortnight ago.
“Being at the bottom of the ladder is not where we want to be. We had a really good win against a solid team in Melbourne,’’ Mateo said.
“We have a lot to build on but we are pretty positive this week. It is about putting good performances in each week and getting the two points.”
To celebrate Mother’s Day, the Sea Eagles are offering a family of four the chance to enjoy the match against the Knights on the Brookvale Oval Hill for just $50 – a saving of $27. Gates open 12.45pm with kick-off at 2pm.