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Sea Eagles: On This Day - March 30

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded plenty of wins 'On This Day' in our proud history.

Rd 2, 1959

The Sea Eagles made it back-to-back wins at home with a 15-9 win over Canterbury-Bankstown.

The match was played on a Monday in front of almost 4,000 fans. Roy Bull, Rex Mossop, and Ray Ritchie scored for Manly with Ron Willey kicking three goals. The great Ken Arthurson was Manly’s Coach.

Bull (below) was aged 17 when Manly entered the NSWRL premiership in 1947. He played 177 first grade games for Manly from 1947-1959.

He played in three grand finals and was Manly’s first international player.

Rd 1, 1969

Manly ran in four tries to three to record a 22-11 win over Western Suburbs Magpies.

The Sunday afternoon opening round match attracted a crowd of 11, 668 at Brookvale.

Tryscorers for the Sea Eagles were Bill Bradstreet, Danny Gough, John Morgan, and John McDonald. Bob Batty landed four goals and Dennis Ward a field goal.

Noel Kelly scored a double for the Magpies.

Rd 2, 1975

Winger Tom Mooney scored a hat-trick in Manly’s 32-13 win over the Penrith Panthers at Penrith Park.

Five-eighth Alan Thompson crossed for two tries with Graham Eadie, Kevin Junee, and Phil Lowe also scoring for the Sea Eagles. Eadie landed three goals and John Barber a goal.

Mooney scored 83 tries for Manly (1975, 1977-81) and won premierships in 1976 and 1978.

Rd 1, 1980

Manly and Penrith were both left a man short in the opening round clash at Penrith Park.

Sea Eagles second-rower Les Boyd and Penrith centre and captain, Gary Pethybridge, were sent off in Manly’s 25-20 win.

Half-back Steve Martin scored two tries for Manly with full-back Kevin Dann scoring a double for Penrith. The Panthers led 15-8 at half-time.

Other tryscorers for Manly were prop Steve Cray, full-back Graham Eadie, and five-eighth Alan Thompson.

Eadie had a personal haul of 11 points through four goals and a try.

Rd 4, 1986

Two current Manly Sea Eagles officials scored tries for their respective teams at Brookvale on this day.

Half-back Des Hasler crossed for Manly in the 16-14 win over the Balmain Tigers. Stephen Humphreys, the current Manly CEO, scored a try for the Tigers playing on the wing.

With both teams scoring two tries each, it came down to the boot of hooker Mal Cochrane, who kicked four from four compared to Balmain’s Ross Conlon who landed three from five goals.

Rd 3, 1991

The boot of full-back Matthew Ridge proved the difference in Manly’s win over the Western Suburbs at Campbelltown.

Winger Frank Stokes scored Manly’s lone try in the 8-4 win with Ridge kicking two from three goals to get the Sea Eagles home for their second win of the season.

Rd 3, 2019

With the community of Christchurch still hurting from a terrorist attack, the Sea Eagles and the Warriors came together on and off the field to provide some goodwill to the community.

The match at Lancaster Park was a chance for the people of Christchurch to try and enjoy some rugby league.

On the field, the Sea Eagles recorded a 46-12 win with Manly full-back Tom Trbojevic and half-back Daly Cherry-Evans scoring two tries each.

Manase Fainu, Reuben Garrick, Jorge Taufua and Joel Thompson also scored for Manly.

Cherry-Evans recorded a personal haul of 22 points in the win through two tries and seven goals to lead the Club’s record of most points scored in a match against the Warriors.

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