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To celebrate our 70th Year Anniversary in 2016, today we look at 1948 as part of the ‘Our Proud History’ series.

The Sea Eagles were granted entry to the 1947 NSWRL first grade competition on November 4, 1946, and have gone on to win eight premierships to become one of the most powerful and successful rugby league clubs in the game.

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1948 season

Home ground: Brookvale Oval.

- Top point scorer: Merv Gillmer, 47 points.

- Biggest win: July 31, Round 15 v South Sydney, 39-13, Brookvale Oval.

- Biggest loss: April 26, Round 4 v Western Suburbs 41-10, Pratten Park.

- Tries: 49, Goals: 37, Points: 221.

- Manly players:

W Abbott, Alf Barrett, Eric Bathgate, Keith Beardsmore, Ron Beaumont, Ray Black, Johnny Bliss, Fred Brown, Ritchie Burke, John Campbell, J Dunford, Merv Gillmer, Herbert Jack, Brian Horne, Jack Hubbard, Len Johnson, Artie Kierle, Keith Kirkwood, Neil McDonnell, C ‘Kelly’ McMahon, Don Matheson, Basil Neale,Ron OÇonnell, Sid Raffo, Charles Robinson, Eddie Robinson, Ron Smith, G Truman, Jim Walsh, Max Whitehead, Gordon Willoughby.- Coach: Ray Stehr.


Rd 1: d Newtown 15-14. Rd 2: lost to St George 23-10. Rd 3:  lost to Balmain 32-16. Rd 4: lost to Western Suburbs 41-10. Rd 5: lost to Canterbury 19-11. Rd 6: lost to South Sydney 17-9. Rd 7: lost to Eastern Suburbs 16-5. Rd 8: d Parramatta 8-5. Rd 9: drew North Sydney 3-3. Rd 10: lost to Newtown 26-21. Rd 11: lost to St George 41-14. Rd 12: lost to Balmain 10-8. Rd 13: lost to Western Suburbs 10-6. Rd 14: lost to Canterbury 23-10. Rd 15: d South Sydney 39-13. Rd 16: lost to Eastern Suburbs 15-13. Rd 17: lost to Parramatta 14-10. Rd 18: d North Sydney 13-12.

See the 1947 season review here.

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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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