Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will be hoping their good run of form at Central Coast Stadium continues with a series of ‘home’ games there this season.
With Manly unable to play home games at Lottoland from rounds three to nine in phase 1 of the 2020 NRL Season resumption, the Sea Eagles selected Central Coast Stadium at Gosford as their home venue.
The picturesque seaside ground has always felt like a ‘second’ home to Manly, who have won an impressive 12 of their 13 home matches played at Central Coast Stadium since 2007.
Manly has also played a series of Community Cup pre-season matches at Central Coast Stadium against the Sydney Roosters as well as doing community work in the region.
Furthermore, the Sea Eagles home matches on the Central Coast have always attracted strong crowd numbers in the past, although that won’t be the case for now with matches being played in front of no crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sea Eagles will play the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Central Coast Stadium this Sunday night followed by further ‘home’ games in Gosford against the Brisbane Broncos, Cronulla Sharks, and Newcastle Knights before the ARL Commission reviews the current home ground venues.
In the lead up to the Bulldogs match, we have selected our 10 best wins at Central Coast Stadium.
Manly's best wins at Central Coast Stadium
50-16 vs Knights, 2007
A dominant first half performance set the Sea Eagles up for a comfortable Friday night victory over the Newcastle Knights.
The Sea Eagles led 26-0 at half-time much to the delight of Manly fans in the crowd of 17,122.
Centre Jamie Lyon enjoyed a fine night, scoring two tries and kicking four from four for a personal haul of 16 points. Full-back Brett Stewart also crossed for two tries.
38-6 vs Cowboys, 2008
Prop Adam Cuthbertson and winger Michal Robertson were the toast of Manly’s celebrations in this big Saturday night win over the Nth Qld Cowboys.
‘Cuthbo’ and ‘Robbo’ scored four of Manly’s seven tries between with Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Josh Perry, and David Williams also crossed for four pointers.
Captain and half-back Matt Orford kicked five from seven goals.
44-20 vs Knights, 2009
Young Manly centre Ben Farrar couldn’t hide his smile after scoring two tries in the 24 point win over the Newcastle Knights.
Farrar grew up in Newcastle and took on plenty of his mates in this Friday night clash in front of over 15,000 fans at Gosford.
Winger Tony Williams also scored a double in the win.
36-12 vs Knights, 2010
Manly centres Steve Matai and Jamie Lyon enjoyed a feast of points in this Saturday night encounter.
The hard-running Matai scored two tries while Lyon kicked six from seven goals. Matt Ballin, Ben Farrar, Jason King, and Shane Rodney also crossed for Manly.
38-20 vs Wests Tigers, 2010
It was another points scoring blitz for outstanding centre Jamie Lyon at Gosford.
Lyon scored two tries and kicked seven goals from as many attempts to walk off the field with 22 of Manly’s 38 points to his name.
The Sea Eagles led 24-12 at half-time before finishing strongly with six tries in this Sunday afternoon encounter.
23-6 vs Souths, 2012
A Friday night crowd of over 17,000 saw current Manly winger Jorge Taufua grab himself a tryscoring double.
A tight first half saw the Sea Eagles lead 9-6 at the break following a field goal to Daly Cherry-Evans before finishing well to take the two competition points. Matt Ballin, Dean Whare, and David Williams also scored for Manly.
26-0 vs Wests Tigers, 2013
The ‘Wolfman’ was howling in Gosford on this particular Thursday night round four match in Gosford.
Winger David Williams crossed for two of Manly’s five tries after a tight first half saw the Sea Eagles lead just 4-0 at the break before blowing the Tigers off the park in the second half.
27-12 vs Warriors, 2013
Full-back Brett Stewart and winger David Williams scored all of Manly’s five tries between them in this Sunday afternoon game.
‘The Snake’ slid over for two tries with Williams adding on to his fine tryscoring record at Gosford with a further three tries.
26-21 vs Cowboys, 2014
The Sea Eagles overcame an eight point half-time deficit to snatch a thrilling victory over the Cowboys on a Friday night.
Manly scored five tries with current winger Jorge Taufua crossing for two tries. Jamie Buhrer, Kieran Foran, and Steve Matai also scored for the Sea Eagles.
44-14 vs Brisbane, 2015
Five-eighth Kieran Foran and winger Tom Trbojevic crossed for two tries each in this 30 point win over the Broncos.
In front of more than 16,000 fans on a Saturday night, Manly led 20-0 at half-time with Justin Horo, Jamie Lyon, Feleti Mateo and Jesse Sene-Lefao also scoring. Lyon kicked six from eight goals.