Manly Warringah Sea Eagles claimed the 2021 NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Plate title with a thrilling 18-14 win over the Newcastle Knights at Menai on Sunday.
The Sea Eagles started strongly with early tries to speedsters Joey Abboud and Isaac Jago before Newcastle hit back with a try not long before half time to Daniel Friedrich.
Despite a spirited second half fightback from the young Knights team, who scored two second half tries via the Friedrich brothers, the Sea Eagles were able to hold on to their lead and claim the title after a nail biting finish.
The 'Spirit of the Game' trophy was presented to Daniel Friedrich for his outstanding effort, discipline, teamwork and positivity.
Winning the Tier 2 Plate title was a fine reward for the Sea Eagles after finishing the regular season as Minor Premiers.
The Manly team featured a number of promising junior participants including Joey Abboud (City Origin), Isaac Jago (NSWWRL Development) and Cody Jeffs (NSWWRL Development), who achieved representative honours after standout performances.
The Sea Eagles team was led by veteran players Carmelo Raspanti and Ralph Hasna, who also achieved City Origin selection this season.
Manly Coach Brett Henman (Australia Wheelaroos) has done an exceptional job of developing the young talent within the team.
The Manly team comprised of Cody Jeffs, Tex Jeffs, Joey Abboud, Ralph Hasna, Jarrod Serwa, Isaac Jago, and Carmelo Raspanti.
The Sea Eagles Club congratulates all players and officials involved with the Manly NSW Wheelchair Rugby League team on their premiership win. You did our Club proud!
Manly season results
Rd 1 d Newcastle 22-12, Rd 3 d Parramatta 28-12, Rd 4 d Penrith 20-16, Rd 5 d Cronulla 30-26, Rd 6 lost 30-12 to Newcastle, Rd 8 d Parramatta 26-20, Rd 9 drew 12-all with Penrith; Semi-Final: d Parramatta 24-16; Grand Final: d Newcastle 18-14.