Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are delighted to announce the winning Member of the NZ 18th Man competition is Andrew Barry, from Cantebury, NZ.
The Sea Eagles first appeared on Andrew’s radar when he was in primary school.
“Manly always had a strong Kiwi connection with the likes of Matthew Ridge and Craig Innes playing for them,’’ Andrew said.
“I also enjoyed the style of football Manly played centred around Cliff Lyons, Geoff Toovey, and Mark Carroll.
“Like most Manly fans, my favourite memory is the 2008 Grand Final demolition of the Melbourne Storm.
Being a Sea Eagles Member is incredible. You are made to feel a real part of things and be involved. It’s a huge honour to be a part of a great organisation and a legendary Club dating back to 1947Andrew Barry 18th Man Winner
When asked what it mean to be the Sea Eagles 18th Man at our home fixture in Christchurch this Saturday, Andrew couldn’t control his excitement.
“It’s basically unbelievable, really special. For me as a lifelong fan of the Club to be involved on a game day is mind-blowing and to watch an NRL match up close and personal is just a chance you never dream of getting,’’ he said.
As part of the 18th Man experience Andrew will:
- Attend the Captain’s Run where he will be presented with a commemorative Maori jersey
- Watch the players warm up on match day
- Watch the match on-field
- Run the match ball onto the field for the second half
- Hand out sports drinks to the players post-match
We certainly hope to give Andrew and experience he will cherish forever.