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DCE To Play 150th NRL Game

Manly halfback, Daly Cherry Evans (DCE) will join the 150- game NRL club on Saturday afternoon when his side takes on the Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs at Brookie Oval (aka Lottoland).

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From captaincy, a premiership, his lucky red underwear back in 2011, a $10 million contract, representing his state and country and NO suspensions in the NRL, DCE will finally run out for his 150th NRL game. He will be running out in the same colours as he made his debut in, the Manly Sea Eagles which will no doubt be very special.

Whether you love him, hate him or envy him, you will never be able to change my mind about how much I support him. Believe it or not but his halves pairing with Kieran Foran aka Foz was what got me interested in the great sport of rugby league. I also have Des Hasler to thank for that. The respect I have for these three individuals is out of this world.

 

 

Yes, I did follow the NRL before 2011 but not as closely as I started following it once I fell in love with the halves pairing of DCE and Foz, who then went on to win a premiership together.

Ignoring the fact that he is a Queenslander (due to the fact most of my family are as well) his last name was something which definitely caught my attention. It is quite unusual and I vividly remember how many strange looks I got from everyone when I was shouting at the TV “GO CHERRY EVANS”.

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His career has been a roller-coaster (to say the least) especially due to multiple injuries, contract drama and some labelling him as ‘under-performing’, but DCE has shown terrific commitment and loyalty to Manly after the backlash he faced after declining the Titan’s offer.

He has scored a total of 29 tries, kicked 28 goals, 12 field goals and in has scored 224 points altogether throughout his career with Manly Sea Eagles.

He has also played six games for Queensland and represented Australia in 11 matches (in which he scored four tries and two goals).

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Congratulations Daly for reaching this milestone with Manly and I wish you the best for Saturday afternoon and the rest of your career, I’ll be watching 😊

p.s. for everyone who will ask whether or not his contract is worth it… 110% yes, as bias as I am, I think it is worth it. DCE is a brilliant captain and will maintain good consistency with Manly. Remember to ask yourself, would you have turned on the Titans to? I sure would have for my family…

Also I would like to repeat how DCE has NO suspensions in the NRL…. I am happy he is at least taking the field each week (if fit).Give it time and he will be a force to be reckon’d with, it will take time and faith which us Manly fans don’t fall short of.

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Manly’s domination over Gold Coast

I refuse to believe that I am the only one that is proud of not only Daly Cherry Evans but every one of the Sea Eagles players, to go out onto Cbus Super Stadium and beat the Gold Coast Titans 38-6! Besides being heavily bias, Manly Sea Eagles came out only to impress. From Brett Stewart to Jorge Tafua to DCE to Kieran Foran to Tom Trbojevic, every player that stepped out on to the field in the Maroon colours performed at their best. It was impossible to keep your eyes off the TV as Manly were full of surprises. Firstly I have to address DCE being booed (by the limited amount of gold coast fans) as he ran out on to the field. He soaked it up and he turned the negative energy into positive energy and boy did it pay off. He played one of his best games of the season! Secondly, Kieran Foran played incredibly on his 25th birthday. Being in a difficult position of leaving the Manly Sea Eagles next season and putting in 110% effort with his teammates shows strength. I still cannot comprehend him not being in the Maroon colours next season, but to see him perform this season is all we can ask for as fans. Lastly, Tom Trbojevic and Brett Stewart were also impressive. Tom steppped up and definitely proved to everyone that he deserves his spot in the team. Brett Stewart has the power to spark magic every game and it was surely evident tonight. When the boys play like they did it makes me a very proud Manly Sea Eagles fan! Let me know what you think about the game by tagging me in a tweet- @hclaire29 or commenting below. You can also find me over at nothingbutleague.com where you can find reviews, previews and personal opinion articles all about NRL games.

Two of the best halves in the game will be split up in 2016

Kieran Forans announcement about leaving the Manly Sea Eagles to join the Parramatta Eels was made with the club Monday morning (16th of March). Manly’s coach Geoff Toovey addressed the situation “While today’s news is disappointing, we respect his decision and will move on quickly”. Manly Sea Eagles are well known for moving forward and doing their best to make fans happy, this was clear in Saturday night’s clash with Melbourne storm beating them 24-22. They have proven they are resilient and are #StrongerTogether in these situations.

#StrongerTogether  Photo Credit: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
#StrongerTogether
Photo Credit: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Joe Kelly the CEO of the Sea Eagles also spoke about Forans decision. “We have an extremely bright future here at manly. There is some prodigious young talent rising through our junior ranks”. Speaking of the likes of Tom Trbojevic, his twin brother Jake Trbojevic (who has been brought into first grade this year) as well as Nicholas Hynes who I believe are looking confident to join the first grade team in the near future.

In 2016 many clubs including Gold Coast Titans, Parramatta Eels and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will have had some huge changes within the team which is exciting but nerve-racking. The best two halves will be split up which is a huge difference for Manly and will make themselves comfortable at the Eels and Titans. The halfback positions create the foundation and are the playmakers for the side within a game.

Manly's 2015 halfbacks Kieran and Daly Photo Credit: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Manly’s 2015 halfbacks Kieran and Daly
Photo Credit: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles

Manly having to find two talented players who can fill both roles will be a difficult task and huge responsibility. Especially having only one year to decide and select players too take over these crucial roles.   Many fans believe that NRL is becoming a business and are also failing to come to conclusions with why loyalty doesn’t mean anything anymore. All players are looking at the best option for their family now especially financially. What do you think? Will you support NRL even as a big business or is it turning you off the sport all together? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below or by sending me a tweet @hclaire29.

Hard day in the office for Manly Warringah Sea Eagles fans

It has surely been a hard day in the office for Manly Warringah Sea Eagle fans. Daly Cherry Evans was interviewed by the terrific Sterlo (Peter Sterling) on his show on Fox News ‘On the Couch’, about his opinions and views about signing with the Gold Coast Titans for the 2016 season. As well as more media speculation around Kieran Foran, signing a four year deal with the Parramatta Eels in the 2016 season for $4.7 million.

Personally my emotions were out of control while watching the interview as it was devastating to see Daly state he was leaving the club. Realising my two of my favourite players who work hand in hand as halfbacks in the game (Kieran Foran and DCE) won’t be together after this year was also heartbreaking.  I was also happy for him as I can understand how important moving to a place where he believes he can build a good life for his children and partner,  is to him. Cherry Evans explains “Me and my family can continue to be happy and the Gold Coast seems a good fit for it. I can see myself and my family being happy on the Gold Coast”

Finding out he chose the Gold Coast to be closer to his parents who also live in QLD is very understandable. DCE explained how he decided between Cronulla and Gold Coast as his “Personal preference was to be in QLD and closer to home”. From the beginning all fans knew his choice was going to decided around his family and he clearly explained this throughout the interview.

Manly is all about sticking together hence throughout social media the hashtags #strongertogether and #birdgang as we are a family. Daly included in the interview ” I hope I havent offended my teammates and fortanutely for me, I’ve been reassured that hasn’t been the case” which is a massive statement as I could not imagine anyone from the team ‘disowning’ him as a friend or teammate just because of his decision to move clubs. The fact his teammates were on his mind during this difficult decision and what they thought about it having an impact on his choice, shows the close connection Manly teammates have.

“I was given options to look elsewhere and that obviously enticed me”.  Daly would not be the only one to be ‘enticed’ if he was given the options to look elsewhere. Almost any one would take the opportunity, look in to it and weigh pros and cons of the options at hand. It is a valid reason as to why he went looking around at other clubs such as Cronulla and the Gold Coast.

What fans will be dreading next is the official statement from Kieran Foran announcing he has signed with the Parramatta Eels. Manly will definitely miss Daly Cherry Evans in 2015 but I have no doubt that this season will be huge for Manly and they will stick together and do a great job. Definitely a grand final spot should be reserved for this incredibly strong and resilient team.

Daly proving that going to the Gold Coast was the right decision and makes him happy! Photo Credit: Fox News
Daly proving that going to the Gold Coast was the right decision and makes him happy!
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This smile will 100% be missed at Manly.

NRL Season 2015

If you are a big fan of the National Rugby League (NRL) you will certainly be aware of the NRL season quickly approaching, this Thursday 5th of March. The excitement has definitely kicked in with only 2 more sleeps to go.

All teams will be wanting to make the most of the first round, proving themselves and starting off strongly. Every player will definitely be putting in 110% in the 80 minutes.

These are my predictions for 2015 Season Round 1:

Thursday 5/3/15

Broncos vs Rabbitohs at Suncorp

Ben Hunt Photo Credit: Matt Roberts:Getty Images AsiaPac
Ben Hunt Photo Credit: Matt Roberts:Getty Images AsiaPac

The broncos are definitely hot contenders on there home turf at suncorp on Thursday night when they play South Sydney Rabbitohs. Brisbane fans will without a doubt show up at Suncorp (even on a Thursday night) to support their team in a thrilling match. Both teams have potential to grab the win but the Rabbitohs have been absolutely incredible since they won the 2014 grand final. I have to go with the underdogs in this game and say Broncos will surprise everyone and will take the two points. Ben hunt is the player to keep an eye on and watch.

 

Friday 6/3/15-

Eels vs Manly at Pirtek Stadium

Pirtek-Stadium Photo Credit: austadiums.com
Pirtek-Stadium Photo Credit: austadiums.com

This game will definitely be the one to watch as the teams spark a rivalry due to the Eels signing Watmough. Manly will be wanting to prove the media attention, especially DCE snooping around other clubs, hasn’t been getting to their heads and have an effect to their game plan. It will be a great game at Pirtek Stadium, which I think is one of the best stadiums in Sydney and it will be a terrific contest between these two clubs.

Saturday 7/3/15-

Game 1- Knights vs Warriors at Hunter Stadium

Both teams will desperately want to start the season strongly.

Warriors number 7, Shaun Johnson. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Warriors number 7, Shaun Johnson. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Knights will have recovered from the Alex McKinnon incident and will be very focused. Warriors have young gun Shaun Johnson who has been very impressive and definitely the man to watch as he continuously performs very well, portrayed throughout the recent Auckland nine games.

 

 

 

 

Game 2- Titans v West Tigers at Cbus Super Stadium

Both teams will want to take the two points but titans will be struggling to mentally prepare for this game as they have had a lot of media attention due to some players taking illicit drugs. They will have to get over the drug situation and media attention to pull off the win.

West Tiger's halfback, Luke Brooks. Photo Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac
West Tiger’s halfback, Luke Brooks. Photo Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac

The young west tigers halfback, Luke Brooks will stand up for west tigers and should have a good performance. Will be an interesting result and engaging to see how these two teams approach the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 3 Cowboys vs Roosters- 1300 Smiles Stadium

Cowboys are a very strong team especially with Johnathan Thurston, James Tamou, Matt Scott, Ben Hannent and Robert Lui. They are all terrific players and will be determined to start the season well. Roosters will struggle without Minichello and Sonny Bill Williams. James Maloney should step up and create excellent strategies/play. It will be a great contest and a good game to watch.

Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston. Photo Credit:  townsville bulletin
Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston. Photo Credit: townsville bulletin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8/3/15-

Game 1- Panthers vs Dogs at Pepper Stadium

The bulldogs will be very impressive as Des Hasler always likes to bring a new game play/ structure into the first game of the season. The bulldogs will be very physical and want to win, they will bring 110% to the field.

Bulldogs Coach, Des Hasler Photo Credit: Renee McKay: Getty Images AsiaPac
Bulldogs Coach, Des Hasler Photo Credit: Renee McKay: Getty Images AsiaPac

Matt Moylan will be the player to watch as he will come out very determined. It will also be the first game James Graham captains the side and will be very interesting to see how it goes.

 

Game 2- Sharks vs Raiders at Remondis Stadium

Mitch Cornish- photo credit: NRL PHOTOS
Mitch Cornish- photo credit: NRL PHOTOS

Cronulla sharks will be at home which is a huge advantage. Canberra Raiders are probably the underdogs and will be want to prove themselves after having a disappointing season last year (2014). I don’t believe Canberra have a great coach so hopefully the players take initiative and focus on strategies and their game plan. Shark players to look out for will be Ben Barba, Gerard Beale and Wade Graham. Canberra players to keep an eye on is Jarrad Kennedy, Mitch Cornish and Terry Campese.

 

Monday 9/3/15-

Dragons vs Storm at Jubilee Oval

Dragons have the big advantage of being on home soil. The fans should utilise this advantage and show up to support their team. Melbourne Storm players will come out strongly and focus on the task at hand of winning. Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith will come out and play the game they know best.

Cronk, Slater & Smith photo credit: Michael Klein
Cronk, Slater & Smith photo credit: Michael Klein

Melbourne are dangerously good and Dragons need to make sure they are prepared to defend. The dragons lack having an X factor but Benji Marshall may step up this year and impress.