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75 years of the Sea Eagles:  March 24

Take a trip down memory lane as we reflect on some of the best wins of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles history in our 75th season.

On This Day - March 24

Rd 2, 1985

Following an opening round 12 point loss at Brookvale, the Sea Eagles kick-started their season under Coach Bob Fulton with a 30-10 thumping of the Western Suburbs Magpies at Lidcombe Oval.

Manly centre Chris Close recorded a hat-trick of tries in a match that saw props Phil Daley (Manly) and Terry Leabeater (prop) sent to the sin-bin.

Winger Kerry Boustead and prop Richie Poulsen also scored for Manly with five-eighth Tony Melrose kicking five from six goals.

Rd 2, 1991

Half-back Des Hasler crossed for two tries in a 26-8 win over the Gold Coast Seagulls at Brookvale Oval.

A crowd of over 10,000 saw tries to Hasler, centre Grant Doorey, and winger Tony Iro. Full-back Matthew Ridge (3/3) and centre David Ronson (2/2) had perfect days with the boot.

Rd 3, 1995

The local derby wasn’t much of a contest at North Sydney Oval on this particular Friday night.

The Sea Eagles crushed the North Sydney Bears 30-0 after turning in a dominant first half to lead 18-0 at the break.

Tryscorers for Manly were Des Hasler, John Hopoate, Cliff Lyons, Steve Menzies and Geoff Toovey. Matthew Ridge had another golden day with the boot, landing five from five goals.

Rd 1, 1996

The Sea Eagles made a big statement to the rest of the competition with a commanding 44-6 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brookvale Oval in the opening round.

Second-rower Steve Menzies had a day to remember, crossing for four tries with centre Craig Innes grabbing two.

The much love forward would repeat the four try feat in 1999 against Western Suburbs at Brookvale.

In his 280 games for Manly, Menzies scored 151 tries to sit second behind the ‘Prince of Brookale’ Brett Stewart (163) for most tries for the Sea Eagles.

Rd 2, 2007

The Sea Eagles made it back-to back wins with a 19-8 victory over the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.

Hooker Matt Ballin, winger Michael Robertson, and second-rower Anthony Watmough crossed for tries.

Jamie Lyon kicked three from five with half-back Michael Monaghan landing the field goal.


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