Daily Telegraph rugby league reporter Dean Ritchie has penned his best ever Manly Warringah Sea Eagles team as part of the ‘1500 game’ milestone celebrations.
Ritchie has covered the Sea Eagles’ fortunes for many years in his position as the game's number one reporter for News Limited and was asked to nominate his 1-17 team.
Here is his team
1 Graham Eadie/Brett Stewart (could not split them)
2 Ken Irvine
3 Michael O'Connor
4 Bob Fulton (c)
5 Tom Mooney
6 Cliff Lyons
7 Geoff Toovey
13 Mal Reilly
12 Steve Menzies
11 Terry Randall
10 John O'Neill
9 Max Krilich
8 Kevin Ward
Ian Roberts, Anthony Watmough, Des Hasler, Roy Bull, Paul Vautin (18th man)
Coach: Bob Fulton
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The mighty Sea Eagles have played 1499 first grade premiership matches and have won 8 premierships since their inception into the then NSWRL competition in 1947.
The current record stands at 868 wins, 595 losses, 36 draws. (This does not include matches as the Northern Eagles). The 1500th game will be played this Saturday night against the Cowboys.