Part 2: Great battles with the Eels
Today we continue our countdown to Manly Warringah’s vital NRL clash against arch-rivals Parramatta Eels at Brookvale Oval this Sunday.
Rugby league historian David Middleton (League Information Services) has gone through some of the most memorable matches between the two clubs from yesteryear.
Here are the next three matches chosen by the ‘Guru’.
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1978 semi-final and replay, 13-all and Manly 17-11 at SCG, September 3 and 6
Controversy abounded in 1978 after Manly forced a 13-all draw in the semi-final, having trailed 13-3 early in the second half. Parramatta officials complained bitterly about the refereeing of Greg Hartley, who caned the Eels 7-1 in the second half penalties. The howls of protest from Parramatta grew louder after the replay when it was revealed that Hartley had awarded the match-winning try to Manly on the seventh tackle.
1981 round 22, 20-all at Cumberland August 30
It was the last game played on the old Cumberland Oval and a huge crowd turned out for the farewell. The bitter rivals served up a spectacular finale, which ended in a thrilling 20-all draw. Parramatta trailed 20-19 until the final four minutes when Tony Melrose kicked a field goal for the home side.
1982 grand final, Parramatta won 21-8 at SCG, September 26
The Eels qualified for their second successive grand final despite playing their home games on ‘foreign’ territory at Belmore. They suffered a setback in the decider when Manly teenager Phil Blake scored from a bomb after only two minutes. But the Eels quickly regained their composure and won decisively.
Rd 24 Match Day Information
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Parramatta Eels, Brookvale Oval
“Golden Eagles Day”
Match Day Sponsor - Kyocera
Sunday 23 August
Gates open: 1:30pm
NYC Kick-off: 1:45pm
Golden Eagles 'Walk' from Manly Leagues Club to Brookvale Oval: 2.30pm
NRL Kick-off: 4pm
Phone: 136 100